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Texas executes man convicted in stabbing murders

The US state of Texas executed a man on Wednesday for stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother, state prison authorities said. Jose Villegas, 38, was put to death by lethal injection and pronounced dead at 7:04 pm local time (0004 GMT) in Huntsville, said Jason Clark, spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. It was the 17th US execution this year and the seventh in Texas, where an execution has occurred each week over the past five weeks.

Conservatives Rand Paul, Ted Cruz test U.S. presidential waters in New Hampshire

By Gabriel Debenedetti MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Conservative Republican Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz tested the 2016 presidential waters at an event on Saturday in the influential state of New Hampshire at which potential opponents from the more moderate wing of the party did not appear. The "Freedom Summit" rally was the latest in a series of stops for Cruz and Paul, who are hoping to win the favor of the party's right wing for potential White House bids.

Companies took millions in 'Obamacare' subsidies, then supported the law's Republican critics

WASHINGTON - Several big corporations have reaped millions of dollars from "Obamacare" even as they support GOP candidates who vow to repeal the law. This condemn-while-benefiting strategy angers Democrats, who see some of their top congressional candidates struggling against waves of anti-Obamacare ads partly funded by these companies.

Companies took millions in 'Obamacare' subsidies, then supported the law's Republican critics

WASHINGTON - Several big corporations have reaped millions of dollars from "Obamacare" even as they support GOP candidates who vow to repeal the law. This condemn-while-benefiting strategy angers Democrats, who see some of their top congressional candidates struggling against waves of anti-Obamacare ads partly funded by these companies.

Errol Morris frustrated by elusive Rumsfeld while making doc 'Unknown Known'

TORONTO - Filmmaker Errol Morris spent more than 30 hours interviewing former U.S. defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld for his new documentary "The Unknown Known," over which time Morris struggled mightily to penetrate the career politician's veneer of non-disclosure. On the other side, it takes only a few minutes of conversation with Morris for the Academy Award winner to offer up his unvarnished opinion of Rumsfeld, who was instrumental in the United States' military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Errol Morris frustrated by elusive Rumsfeld while making doc 'Unknown Known'

TORONTO - Filmmaker Errol Morris spent more than 30 hours interviewing former U.S. defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld for his new documentary "The Unknown Known," over which time Morris struggled mightily to penetrate the career politician's veneer of non-disclosure. On the other side, it takes only a few minutes of conversation with Morris for the Academy Award winner to offer up his unvarnished opinion of Rumsfeld, who was instrumental in the United States' military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

'The Unknown Known' looks for meaning in Rumsfeld's 'sea of words'

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After 11 days of interviews, Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris felt he was hardly closer to understanding Donald Rumsfeld than when he first began to work on the documentary "The Unknown Known." The film, which gets its title from the former U.S. defense secretary's famous answer about "known knowns" and "known unknowns" to a reporter's straightforward question, offers the architect of the 2003 Iraq war and its troubled occupation the platform to explain his worldview and rationale.

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.

Senate Dems aim campaign fire at rich, obscure brothers who fund withering anti-Obamacare ads

WASHINGTON - Democratic Senate candidates, facing withering criticism on the national health care law, are gambling they can turn voters against two billionaire brothers funding the attacks — even if few Americans would recognize the pair on the street. In an accelerating counteroffensive stretching from the Senate chamber to Alaska, Democrats are denouncing Charles and David Koch, the key figures behind millions of dollars in conservative TV ads hammering Democratic candidates and their ties to President Barack Obama.

Talk radio reels them in at US conservative confab

When conservative radio host Dana Loesch takes to the airwaves with Republican White House hopefuls, the exchanges bear little resemblance to mainstream media interviews like those on CNN or NBC. "You brought the house down!" she told a beaming Texas Governor Rick Perry on The Dana Show, broadcasting live Friday from "Radio Row" at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where Perry received a standing ovation from thousands of attendees minutes earlier. "It was fun," he told Loesch's listeners.
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