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Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland Sentenced To 30 Months In Campaign Fraud

Rowlands gets second sentenceJohn G. Rowland, Connecticut's brash ex-governor turned radio commentator, stood again Wednesday in front of a packed courtroom and for the second time in ten years, was sentenced to prison for low rent political crimes, this time for 30 months.

U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton said Rowland showed a striking disregard for the clean election laws while trying to conceal his role as a paid consultant to a 2012 Congressional campaign of Lisa Wilson-Foley.

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Obama administration sets record for denying, censoring files

ObamaThe Obama administration set a record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.

The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldn’t find documents, and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy.

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Ted Cruz Makes Impassioned Plea For Repeal Of Federal Legislation That Does Not Exist

Ted CruzSen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is known for waging political battles even if the odds of success are slim. He famously launched a 21-hour filibuster in a failed, last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare. But his latest crusade may be his biggest challenge yet: repealing a federal law that does not exist.

On Twitter, Cruz blasted the federal government role in education and called for the repeal of Common Core:

Can Cruz “make DC listen”? It will be particularly hard since Common Core is not, in fact, a federal law.

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Marco Rubio’s house of horrors

Marco Rubio house of horrorsThe brick-fronted tract house with a satellite dish and a yellow fire hydrant in front looks like many middle-class homes in Florida’s capital, except for the two names on the deed.

Marco Rubio: U.S. senator and would-be presidential candidate.  David Rivera: Scandal-plagued former congressman under investigation in a federal campaign-finance probe.

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ACLU files new lawsuit over Obama administration drone 'kill list'

ACLU files drone list lawsuit against ObamaAs the US debates expanding its campaign against the Islamic State beyond Iraq and Syria, the leading US civil liberties group is intensifying its efforts to force transparency about lethal US counterterrorism strikes and authorities.

On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will file a disclosure lawsuit for secret Obama administration documents specifying, among other things, the criteria for placement on the so-called “kill list” for drone strikes and other deadly force.

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Jeb Emailed Military, Security Issues

Jeb Bush email Likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush used his personal email while governor of Florida to discuss troop deployments, nuclear plant protection and other such matters, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

The report followed revelations that Democrat Hillary Clinton, also seen as a likely presidential candidate, used a personal email account exclusively during her time as secretary of state, raising questions about security and transparency.

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Reagan library curator disputes Gov. Walker's Bible story

Scott WalkerWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's tale of how he came to hold the family Bible that President Ronald Reagan used when taking the oath of office doesn't match the memory of the presidential library curator charged with caring for the book.

A likely Republican candidate for president, Walker grew up during Reagan's presidency and holds him as a political role model. Walker, 47, frequently notes that his wedding anniversary and Reagan's birthday fall on the same date.

At a 2013 Reagan Day dinner in Milwaukee, Walker told a Reagan story that he said "gives me a little bit of a shiver."

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