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New Jersey governor Christie preparing for White House run: WSJ

Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie speaks at the Freedom Summit in Des Moines(Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his supporters have formed a political-action committee ahead of a likely bid for president, adding a third well-known Republican figure to the fight for campaign funds among the party's core donor class, the Wall Street Journal reported. The PAC signals increased competition for the same set of large-dollar donors who have been taking calls from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, both of whom are considering presidential campaigns, the Journal said. According to a poll released last Thursday, however, nearly three in five registered voters in New Jersey do not think Christie would make a good U.S. president. More recently, he's been immersed in a controversy over whether he should have gone to Texas for a Jan. 4 Dallas Cowboys game at the expense of team owner Jerry Jones.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:25:45 -0500
Judge puts Alabama same-sex marriages on hold after striking down ban

(Reuters) - Same-sex couples in Alabama will have to put their wedding plans on hold after a federal judge issued a two-week stay on her ruling that struck down the state's laws banning gay marriages, including those performed legally in other states. U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade said in an order issued on Sunday that she would give the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals until Feb. 9 to decide whether gay marriages should continue to be delayed in the state. The stay came two days after Granade ruled that Alabama's prohibition on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, clearing the way for the conservative southern state to become the 37th U.S. state to allow same-sex couples to wed. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange immediately asked for a stay, arguing it was best to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court decides later this year whether states can ban gay marriage.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:49:58 -0500
Supreme Court rejects BP executive's appeal

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by a former BP Plc executive who contested whether he can be charged with obstruction of Congress for downplaying the severity of the 2010 Gulf ofMexicooil spill. Prosecutors say David Rainey misled members of Congress over the amount of oil spilled in the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident. Raineys legal argument on appeal was that the government missed the deadline to file an appeal after a district court judge dismissed his obstruction charge. He was also charged with making false statements to law enforcement agents, which was not at issue in his Supreme Court appeal.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:48:58 -0500
Obama, new Saudi king to discuss Yemen, Islamic State: White House

New Saudi King Salman attends a ceremony following the death of the late Saudi King at the Diwan royal palace in RiyadhBy Roberta Rampton NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and new Saudi Arabia King Salman are expected to discuss shared concerns about the turmoil in Yemen and the fight against Islamic State militants during their first formal meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday, the White House said. Cutting short a visit to India, Obama is leading a U.S. delegation to the Saudi capital to offer condolences after the death of King Abdullah, Salman's brother and a close ally of the United States. "Principally, this is to mark this transition in leadership and to pay respects to the family and the people of Saudi Arabia," Obama's deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, said on Monday.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:28:00 -0500
Jeb Bush speaks up for immigrants as Republicans flock to conservative confab in Iowa

Former Florida Gov. Jeb BushWere not going to win votes unless we can lay out a hopeful optimistic message, paired with specific policy ideas that voters believe can actually happen, Bush said. Hope and a positive agenda wins out over an angry reaction, every day of the week. And the message should be about what the future looks like, not some nostalgic view back.

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:47:06 -0500
Middle East roiled by Yemen chaos and Saudi succession

Ali Soufan, president of the Soufan Group, an international security firm, was for years one of the FBIs chief experts on al-Qaida and two of its traditional power bases, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. On Thursday, after Houthi rebels forced the resignation of Yemens president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, a close U.S. ally, and Saudi King Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz died, Soufan spoke to Yahoo News Michael Isikoff about the mounting chaos in the region and how it could further strengthen al-Qaida.

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 04:32:04 -0500
Harry Reid speaks out against Obamas trade plan

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., 75, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, for the first time since he suffered an eye injury and broken ribs on New Year's Day, when a piece of exercise equipment he was using broke and sent him smashing into cabinets at his new home. Reid sais his re-election bid in 2016 is on track even though he's been sidelined by an exercise accident. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada on Thursday threw cold water on President Barack Obamas plans to pursue trade agreements in 2015, one of the few points of bipartisan interest from his State of the Union address earlier this week.

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:46:31 -0500
Obama won't meet with Netanyahu during controversial U.S. visit

President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his controversial March 3 visit to Washington, the White House announced, saying the trip will be too close to the Israeli elections.

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:38:07 -0500
Orrin Hatch is the happiest senator in Washington

Hatch and WarrenThe longest-serving Republican senator talks about his role as the Senate's bipartisan mediator and his friendship with Elizabeth Warren.

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:13:55 -0500
Turkey Court Bans Facebook Pages Insulting Prophet Muhammad

Turkey Court Bans Facebook Pages Insulting Prophet MuhammadThe state-run Anadolu Agency reported the ruling was handed down late Sunday by a court in Ankara. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:29:26 -0500
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