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Obama and Obamacare could doom Democrats in November

His name is not on the ballot, but with Republicans on the rise, Barack Obama has a strong incentive to battle hard for Democrats in November's mid-term elections. But the president who twice carried his party to the White House may struggle to find a candidate willing to stand with him. His diminished personal brand and the unpopularity of his health care law are becoming millstones to Democratic candidates -- even as he warns the party faces a walloping unless its activists wake up.

Same-sex couples in Arizona file suit over state gay marriage ban

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A group of same-sex couples in Arizona filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday to challenge the state's ban on gay marriage, arguing that it violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, court documents showed. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix by seven same-sex couples and two people whose same-sex partners had died, was the latest of a series of legal actions across the nation challenging such state bans.

US Senate panel backs Ukraine aid, hurdles remain

A US Senate panel approved a closely-watched aid package for Ukraine on Wednesday, but a battle over IMF reforms crucial to expanding loans to the country might torpedo the legislation. The package would greenlight $1 billion in US loan guarantees to Kiev and imposes sanctions on figures involved in the crackdown on anti-government protesters and in Russia's seizure of Crimea. It easily passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a majority of 14 members to three .

Obama pledges to declassify CIA interrogations report

President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to declassify a report on CIA interrogations that sparked a fierce public row between the spy agency and a top senator. Obama also said that claims that the CIA snooped in on computers used by the Senate Intelligence committee as it probed the agency's interrogations of George W. Bush era terror suspects had been properly handled by chief John Brennan.

Republican Party wins Florida congressional seat in special election

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Republican David Jolly won an expensive battle to fill a vacant U.S. Congressional seat in a special election watched by both major parties for what it portends for November when all 435 congressional seats will be up for grabs. Jolly, 41, will fill the Tampa area seat on Florida's Gulf Coast that was held for more than 40 years by his former boss, U.S. Representative C.W. Bill Young, a Republican who died in October aged 82.

Hillary Clinton aide linked to illegal campaign op

A campaign finance scandal has ensnared a Hillary Clinton aide who court papers show secured illegal funding for a 2008 campaign operation, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. Senior campaign advisor Minyon Moore was linked to a scheme to fund pro-Clinton operations in four states and Puerto Rico to the tune of $608,750 during Clinton's tough campaign for the Democratic presidential primary, the daily reported, citing documents from US District Court in Washington.

Joe McGinniss, controversial US writer, dies at 71

Controversial US author Joe McGinniss, who pushed the boundaries of journalistic convention, at times becoming nearly as notorious as his subjects, has died. He was 71. News reports said McGinniss passed away Monday at a hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts. The writer's death was confirmed on his Facebook page, which for months offered a running account of his losing battle with prostate cancer. McGinniss's unique literary niches included America's political leaders, as well as country club psychopaths.

Seeking wider influence, Tea Party group goes professional

By Nick Carey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In early 2009, amateur conservative Tea Party activists took to the streets to protest newly-elected U.S. President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package and health reform, a ragtag army that helped win the U.S. House for Republicans in 2010, then waged internecine war with the party establishment.

Seeking wider influence, Tea Party group goes professional

By Nick Carey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In early 2009, amateur conservative Tea Party activists took to the streets to protest newly-elected U.S. President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package and health reform, a ragtag army that helped win the U.S. House for Republicans in 2010, then waged internecine war with the party establishment.

Ohio Libertarian candidates appeal to get names on May ballot

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Libertarian Party candidates for Ohio governor and attorney general are challenging rulings by a Republican secretary of state that would keep their names off the ballot in a state primary in May, attorneys said Monday. Secretary of State Jon Husted on Friday ordered the names of gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl and attorney general candidate Steven Linnabary pulled from the ballot, finding their petitions did not meet Ohio elections standards.
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