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Earlier Georgia U.S. Senate primary could shake up race

By David Beasley ATLANTA, Georgia (Reuters) - A judge's order moving up Georgia's federal primary elections next year pulls into play a closely watched U.S. Senate race to fill the seat of retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss. The new schedule means that a likely runoff race would last two months, instead of the current 28 days, giving lesser-known Republican candidates and even Democrats a better chance in solidly Republican Georgia.

Golfing with Obama, Republican senator scores hole-in-one

By Roberta Rampton and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama took his second-term "schmooze offensive" to the golf course on Monday, bonding in a bipartisan foursome as Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss hit a hole-in-one. Obama, an avid golfer with a respectable 17 handicap, rarely takes politics to the greens, preferring instead to golf with friends and staffers far out of the sight of the reporters who travel with him.

Leaders react to Boston Marathon explosions

(Reuters) - Two explosions rocked the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens, as runners crossed the finish line on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the city's streets to watch one of the world's best-known marathons. Following are responses from political leaders: * U.S. President Barack Obama: "We still do not know who did this or why. But make no mistake: we will get to the bottom of this. Any responsible individual, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice."

UPDATE 2-Democratic U.S. Senator Levin won't seek re-election in 2014

* Becomes sixth senator to announce retirement plans * Democrats expected to retain his seat * Was among most liberal senators By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, a leading voice on national security who opposed the Iraq War and has fought corporate abuse during more than three decades in the chamber, said on Thursday he would not seek re-election next year.

U.S. Sen. Johanns says won't seek re-election in 2014

WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Senator Mike Johanns, a Nebraska Republican, said on Monday that he would not seek re-election next year, becoming the fifth U.S. senator to announce plans to retire at the end of their current term. A two-term Nebraska governor and former U.S. secretary of agriculture, Johanns, 62, was a freshman senator elected in 2008 for a six-year term.

Democrat Lautenberg to retire from US Senate

New Jersey Democrat Frank Lautenberg, the oldest member of the US Senate, announced Thursday he will not seek re-election in 2014, leaving the door open for other state political heavyweights. There had been broad speculation that popular and charismatic Newark Mayor Cory Booker would challenge the 89-year-old Lautenberg for the Democratic Senate nomination if the lawmaker had opted to seek a sixth term.

UPDATE 3-Republican Chambliss says retiring from US Senate because of gridlock

* Was target of conservative Tea Party movement * Rebelled against anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist By Rachelle Younglai WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia announced on Friday he will not seek a third term in 2014, saying he was fed up with the partisan gridlock in Congress that has left the country lurching from one fiscal crisis to another.

U.S. Georgia Republican Senator Chambliss to retire-aide

WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia will not run for a third term in 2014, a congressional aide said on Friday, potentially leaving Congress with one less Republican who was willing to sit down with Democrats on fiscal issues. Chambliss, who rebelled against anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist by saying he was open to raising taxes, was being targeted by conservative Tea Party members in Georgia. No one had announced a challenge to Chambliss.
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