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Ex-U.S. lawmaker Hastert aimed to hide sexual misconduct with male: L.A. Times 29 May 2015

WASHINGTON - Indicted former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying a male former Illinois high school student to conceal his alleged sexual abuse of the youth when Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach there, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday, citing federal law enforcement officials.

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U.S. House majority leader: 'further action' possible on surveillance

WASHINGTON - The Republican majority leader left the door open on Friday for the House of Representatives to consider an extension of expiring provisions of the USA Patriot Act if the Senate does not back a domestic surveillance bill passed by the House.

29 May 2015

U.S. Democrat Chafee to run for president in 2016: Politico

WASHINGTON - Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee on Wednesday will join the race for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president, challenging front-runner Hillary Clinton, Politico reported on Friday, citing an unnamed source with knowledge of his plans.

29 May 2015

Assisted suicide bill advances in California legislature

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California lawmakers on Thursday revived a bill that would allow physician-assisted suicide in the most populous U.S. state, after a renewal of debate on end-of-life issues prompted by the death of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard last year.

U.S., 29 May 2015
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One of the longest shots, Republican Pataki launches White House bid

EXETER, N.H. - Former New York Governor George Pataki announced on Thursday he will run for the White House in 2016, becoming one of the longest shots in a growing pack of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. | Video

28 May 2015