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US top court rules domestic abusers can't own guns

The US Supreme Court in a unanimous ruling Wednesday upheld a federal law barring anyone convicted of even a minor domestic violence charge from ever owning a gun. The nine justices of the top court ruled against James Castleman, who argued that his past conviction in Tennessee of misdemeanor domestic assault against the mother of his child shouldn't keep him from owning a firearm under federal law.

Billionaire brothers threat to US Democrats hopes

While US Democrats face many hurdles as they prepare for this year's battle for control of Congress, few are more daunting than the Koch brothers -- conservative business moguls with deep pockets. The billionaire industrialists are behind extensive, often opaque efforts to get conservative Republicans elected in November. And President Barack Obama's Democrats are up against the wall in their bid to maintain control of the Senate, without which he will struggle for even the smallest of legislative victories.

Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton say higher education can promote democracy, change lives

IRVING, Texas - Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush, potential foes in the 2016 presidential contest, said Monday that higher education has the power to transform lives and be a force for democracy around the globe.

Ohio Libertarians seek to have candidates put back on ballot, appeal ruling

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The Ohio Libertarian Party will appeal a federal judge's ruling that would effectively strike its candidates for governor and state attorney general from the November ballot, a party spokesman said on Thursday. Ohio's secretary of state, Republican Jon Husted, booted the candidates from the May primary earlier this month due to errors by the petitioners in gathering signatures, which would also make them ineligible for the general election if the decision stands.

Ohio Libertarians seek to have candidates put back on ballot, appeal ruling

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The Ohio Libertarian Party will appeal a federal judge's ruling that would effectively strike its candidates for governor and state attorney general from the November ballot, a party spokesman said on Thursday. Ohio's secretary of state, Republican Jon Husted, booted the candidates from the May primary earlier this month due to errors by the petitioners in gathering signatures, which would also make them ineligible for the general election if the decision stands.

Japan's Marubeni fined over Indonesia graft probe

Japanese trading company Marubeni Corporation has agreed to pay an $88-million fine after admitting bribing Indonesian government officials to secure a lucrative power project, the US Justice Department said Wednesday. A Justice Department statement said Marubeni and employees from consortium partner Alstom had bribed a high-ranking Indonesian member of parliament and members of the country's state-owned electricity company to secure a $118-million contract known as the Tarahan project.

Republicans aim to shorten 2016 primary calendar

The Republican Party confirmed Tuesday it will bring its 2016 national convention forward in order to prevent a divisive, marathon battle among its candidates ahead of the US presidential election. For decades the Republican National Convention has been held in late July, August or even September of a presidential election year, meaning the party can have little time to unify behind its nominee before Americans vote in November.

Another Bush run for the White House? Jeb may be up for it

By Gabriel Debenedetti and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - By all appearances, former Florida governor Jeb Bush is a man on a mission. His itinerary for the next several weeks includes stops in Tennessee, New Mexico and Nevada to appear with Republican candidates in this fall's elections or help them raise money for their campaigns.

Democrats seek ways to limit Obamacare fallout after Florida defeat

By Steve Holland and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his Democrats face the challenge of limiting fallout from Obamacare and drumming up voter enthusiasm in the November congressional elections, problem areas exposed by the loss of a Florida candidate who had led in the polls.

Former Republican Senator Scott Brown to explore New Hampshire run

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, who has been flirting with running for a New Hampshire Senate seat since moving north last year, will step into the spotlight on Friday when he addresses a conservative group in that New England state. Brown, a moderate Republican, is enough of a concern for his potential general election rival, first-term Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, that her campaign has been raising his potential candidacy in fund-raising e-mails.
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