GOP Senate hopeful from Arkansas quoted calling NY’s Schumer ‘that Jew’; apologizes

GOP Sen. hopeful heard calling Schumer ‘that Jew’

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A Republican state lawmaker hoping for his party’s nod to run for Senate reportedly referred to Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer as “that Jew” during a recent appearance before a Republican group.

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Actress testifies of her role in alleged fraud at federal trial of ex-Democratic fundraiser

Actress testifies at NY campaign corruption trial

NEW YORK — A television actress testified Wednesday about her real-life role in a campaign corruption scandal that has embarrassed some of the Democratic Party’s biggest names.

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Senate Democrats press for closing Gitmo prison but with detainees blocked from coming to US

Senate Democrats want Gitmo inmates kept out of US

WASHINGTON — New legislation by Senate Democrats would fund the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but it would block the transfer of any of the detainees to the United States.

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Local business owners have to swallow credit card fees for now as Democrats shy from debate

Democrats shy from debate on interchange fees

WASHINGTON — Local business owners fed up with forking over a portion of their profits to credit card companies so customers can use Visa or MasterCard are unlikely to see legislative relief anytime soon.

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White House advises Democratic senators on selling health care legislation to public

White House advises senators on health care bill

WASHINGTON — Democratic senators are settling on affordability and choice as the selling points for their health care overhaul — instead of talking more about helping the uninsured.

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Hillary Clinton tape played at trial of ex-Democratic fundraiser accused of illegal donations

Hillary Clinton tape played for jury in NYC trial

NEW YORK — Prosecutors played a voicemail recording of Hillary Rodham Clinton praising a former top Democratic fundraiser on the opening day of a criminal trial Tuesday to show how he used his connection to powerful politicians to dupe investors in a $20 million fraud.

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For eighth time, Democrats halt Republican effort to start ethics inquiry on donations

Democrats stop GOP effort to start ethics inquiry

WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Tuesday stopped a Republican plan to force a campaign finance inquiry that likely would have investigated several influential Democrats. It was the eighth time since late February that the Republican move was halted.

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Democrats vow not to back down to the credit card companies, hope to pass bill this week

Democrats vow not to bend to credit card companies

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday vowed not to back down to credit card companies, as the banking industry warned that legislation imposing tough reforms would make it harder for responsible customers to get credit.

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Prosecutor accuses former major Democratic fundraiser of illegal donations

Ex-political fundraiser goes on trial in NYC

NEW YORK — Former top Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu used his associations with famous political families like the Clintons and the Kennedys to polish his image and attract investors to his financial frauds, a prosecutor told a jury at the opening of a trial Tuesday.

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Florida’s popular Gov. Crist confirms he’ll run for Senate seat prized by national GOP

Gov. Crist to run for US Senate seat in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Popular GOP Gov. Charlie Crist is passing on an easy re-election bid and instead will run for U.S. Senate, a decision that excites Washington Republicans who desperately want to avoid further losses in 2010.

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