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Dinesh D'Souza says not guilty of U.S. election law violations

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza pleaded not guilty on Friday to federal charges that he used straw donors to exceed campaign contributions to a U.S. Senate candidate in 2012. The candidate, Wendy Long, had unsuccessfully sought the Senate seat of Democratic Kirsten Gillibrand in New York. D'Souza's defense lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, suggested in New York federal court that the conduct described in D'Souza's indictment does not rise to the level of a crime.

Forbes magazine publisher seeks buyer

Forbes Media, the family-owned group known for its business magazine which chronicles great wealth, said Friday it is up for sale. Forbes Media chief executive Mike Perlis disclosed that the company, family-controlled since its founding in 1917, had hired bankers to "test the waters regarding a sale" after being approached by potential suitors. A sale would involve the weekly Forbes Magazine, as well as the company's digital properties and conference business.

House panel kicks off Pentagon acquisition reform drive

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday kicked off a fresh drive to fix the way the Pentagon buys weapons and services, vowing to "look past Band-Aid fixes and parochial interests" and implement meaningful reforms.

Father hails leaker Snowden as modern-day US patriot

The father of fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden wrote his son Tuesday, hailing him as a "modern-day Paul Revere" saving Americans from a tyrannical government. Lon Snowden, writing with civil liberties lawyer Bruce Fein, drew on American Revolutionary spirit in defending his son for "refusing to bow to government wrongdoing or injustice." Edward Snowden, 30, sparked an international uproar last month when, as a contractor with the National Security Agency, he divulged details about US surveillance programs that gather phone and Internet data.

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Attack on US senator's wife triggers China race row

Aides to top Republican Senator Mitch McConnell voiced outrage Tuesday after a left-leaning group suggested he supported China over the United States due to his Taiwan-born wife. McConnell, who faces re-election next year, is married to former labor secretary Elaine Chao. She was born in Taiwan to parents who fled mainland China and immigrated to the United States as a child.

Attack on US senator's wife triggers China race row

Aides to top Republican Senator Mitch McConnell voiced outrage Tuesday after a left-leaning group suggested that he supported China over the United States due to his Taiwan-born wife. McConnell, who faces re-election next year, is married to former labor secretary Elaine Chao. She was born in Taiwan to parents who fled mainland China and immigrated to the United States as a child.
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