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NAACP chief: A GOP path to black votes

NAACP chief: A GOP path to black votes

Earlier this month Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) visited Howard University to take a swing at repairing relations between African Americans and the Republican Party.

As famed sportscaster Harry Kalas would have said, it was largely a swing and a miss.

Paul struck out when he tried to equate today's Republican Party with the party of Abraham Lincoln, while ignoring much of the 150 years in between. (He even acknowledged his mistakes shortly after). But his willingness to step up to the plate can provide a lesson for a GOP struggling to get on top.

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  • Written by Benjamin Todd Jealous/Special to CNN
  • Category: News

Charges dropped against Miss. ricin suspect

Charges dropped against Miss. ricin suspect

Charges against the Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and other officials were dropped Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams said, citing "new information" that has been uncovered.

Authorities now are investigating whether someone may have tried to falsely implicate Paul Kevin Curtis, according to a law enforcement source, speaking to CNN on condition of anonymity.

Curtis said he wants to "get back to being normal" after being falsely accused.

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  • Written by Bill Mears and Chris Cuomo/CNN
  • Category: News

A false tweet heard around the web

A false tweet heard around the web

WASHINGTON – A tweet by the nation's largest newswire about a catastrophe at the White House was nearly immediately shot down as false on Tuesday.

The Associated Press message read, "Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured."

While some took the post seriously, other Twitter users seemed to recognize the message as false almost immediately. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped sharply on the news however, though quickly regained its losses when the report was deemed false.

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  • Written by CNN Political Unit
  • Category: News

Folk singer Richie Havens dead at 72

Folk singer Richie Havens dead at 72

Folk singer Richie Havens, the opening act at the 1969 Woodstock music festival, died Monday of a sudden heart attack, his publicist said. He was 72.

Havens, who retired three years ago, toured for more than 30 years and recorded 30 albums.

"While his family greatly appreciates that Richie's many fans are also mourning this loss, they do ask for privacy during this difficult time," a statement from his publicist, Carrie Lombardi, said.

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  • Written by Alan Duke/CNN
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Poll: Americans not revved up over increased gas taxes

Poll: Americans not revved up over increased gas taxes

Two-thirds of Americans would oppose a law in their state that would increase the gas tax to help pay for road and bridge repairs, according to a new national poll.

A Gallup survey released Monday indicates that 66 percent of the public would vote against a state law that would increase the gas tax by up to 20 cents per gallon, with the revenue going towards improving roads, bridges, and building more mass transit. Just under one in three said they would vote for such a measure.

According to the poll, Democrats and westerners are slightly more willing to vote to increase the gas tax, with four in ten Democrats, three in ten independents but just 15 percent of Republicans supportive. Thirty-seven percent of people living the western U.S. would support the move. That drops to 32 percent for easterners and to one in four for those in the Midwest and South.

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9 questions about the Boston Bombers

9 questions about the  Boston Bombers

WASHINGTON – We don't yet know how or why the Tsarnaev brothers, the alleged Boston Marathon bombers, decided to carry out their attacks, but a look at how their stories correlate with those of some other terrorists living in the West could provide some answers to the questions that many are now asking about them.

1. How could someone who grew up in the United States, as the younger brother did, become a terrorist?

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who killed 13 people at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas in 2009, was born and raised in Virginia.

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  • Written by Peter Bergen/CNN
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Poison-letter scare leads to Miss. arrest

Poison-letter scare leads to Miss. arrest

A Corinth, Miss., man was arrested Wednesday night in connection with possibly contaminated letters sent to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

The FBI arrested Paul Kevin Curtis at his home, the U. S. Department of Justice said in a statement that also detailed that a third letter was sent to a Mississippi justice official.

The letters to Wicker and Obama – discovered Tuesday – were stopped at a government mail-screening facility after initial tests indicated the presence of the deadly poison ricin.

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  • Written by CNN
  • Category: News

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