Michael Ford: Political consultant

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The singer was ordered by a judge to return to rehab for anger issues after he threw a rock through the window of his mother's car

Republican congressman, Trey Radel, faces cocaine charge

A Republican Congressman has been arrested on charges of cocaine possession, it has emerged.

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Hawaii passes gay marriage law

Move comes twenty years after the state Supreme Court ruled that barring same sex couples from tying the knot was unconstitutional

If he decides to run for President, Christie would be a formidable challenger to any Democrat

Chris Christie's re-election as New Jersey's governor gives Republican party major boost in battle to recapture the White House

In recent decades, New Jersey has turned from presidential swing state into a Democratic stronghold

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US debt: Truce in sight as Senate leaders work on compromise ahead of Thursday's deadline

China calls for 'de-Americanized world' not dependent on the dollar as a reserve currency

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US budget battle: IMF's Christine Lagarde warns America's lawmakers they risk pushing world into recession

Stark warning from IMF chief comes as search for deal to extend debt ceiling shifts to Senate

Supporters of the Affordable Healthcare Act hold posters critical of the Tea Party

Obama considers Republican deal to extend borrowing power and resolve shutdown

Some federal services to reopen as moderates appear to gain upper hand over Tea Party

Hamish McRae: Short-term fix over US debts could undermine long-term solutions

Economic View: Americans are paying for a government that is only about four-fifths the size of the present one

Man who set himself on fire in Washington DC mall dies

A man who set himself on fire in the National Mall in Washington has died of his injuries, police said.

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Miriam Carey, 34, was shot to death by police after a dramatic car chase in DC

Capitol Hill car-chase mother Miriam Carey 'had depression'

A woman from Connecticut who crashed through barriers outside the White House and then led police on a car chase up Pennsylvania Avenue to the US Congress before being shot dead by pursuing officers was depressed and had had delusions about President Barack Obama trying to communicate with her.

Capitol car chase in Washington: Top left: a smashed US Capitol Hill Police vehicle; top right: Miriam Carey, the mom shot dead by police; bottom: Carey's attempt to ram her car through a White House barrier

Capitol Hill: Suspect Miriam Carey shot dead in Washington may have suffered from depression

Investigators struggle to explain why a woman from Connecticut crashed through barriers outside the White House

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