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Jeffrey Epstein condemns media in first formal comments on new allegations — Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender accused of forcing a 17-year-old girl to have sex with his friend Prince Andrew, has struck out at the press in his first formal statement since the reigniting of the scandal around his alleged crimes.

Republicans caught in bitter 'culture war' as abortion debate rages — Republicans were in the grip of a bitter internal fight over abortion and rape on Friday, risking the party's attempt to rebrand itself ahead of the 2016 presidential elections with another politically toxic debate over women's rights.

Lawyers ask Prince Andrew to respond under oath about claims of sex with 17-year-old girl — Lawyers acting for the woman who alleges she was forced by a billionaire financier to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 are formally requesting that he respond to her accusations under oath. A letter addressed to Andrew at Buckingham Palace asking him to take part in a two-hour interview was filed with a court in Florida on Wednesday.

Obama off-the-cuff and full of swagger: State of the Union leaves GOP enraged — When Barack Obama looked out into the audience of his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, he was met with a truly historic sight. No Democratic president in the last century has addressed a Congress dominated by so many Republican lawmakers.

Jeffrey Epstein: inside the decade of scandal entangling Prince Andrew — The desperate woman who telephoned Detective Michele Pagan of the Palm Beach police declined to give her name and would not leave a call-back number. But she had some information that she had to tell someone. Her stepdaughter, a 14-year-old pupil at Royal Palm Beach high school, had told a friend that she'd had sex with a middle-aged man who gave her money.

Mitt Romney 'considering' 2016 presidential run despite two previous losses — Mitt Romney is reportedly considering making another presidential bid in 2016. The Wall Street Journal, citing "people present" at a meeting between the former governor of Massachusetts and Republican donors, reported on Friday that Romney told the donors he could potentially run again.

Boehner maintains House Speaker post despite biggest revolt in a century — The Republican speaker of the House John Boehner survived a long-shot challenge to his leadership on Tuesday, reaffirming his authority over a restive conservative fringe in the GOP on a day in which the party cemented its power in Washington. Shortly before Boehner was re-elected House speaker, Republican Mitch McConnell was sworn in as majority leader of the Senate.

Harvard law professor vows to fight 'outrageous' underage sex allegations — The Harvard law professor accused of having sex with a minor on private planes and properties owned by multi-millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein has launched a legal bid to formally strike those "outrageous and impertinent" allegations from a Florida court motion.

President Obama will veto Keystone XL pipeline bill, White House says — Barack Obama would veto a bill aimed at forcing construction of the contentious Keystone XL pipeline, the White House has said, setting up an immediate confrontation with the new Republican-controlled Congress. The White House, ending weeks of speculation about its response to Republican moves on Keystone, said Obama would veto a bill introduced earlier on Tuesday that aims to take the decision over the pipeline out of his hands.

Lawyer for Prince Andrew’s friend criticises ‘rehashed’ claims — A lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender at the centre of allegations Prince Andrew had sexual relations with an underage girl, dismissed her claims as "stale" and "rehashed".
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Jan 30, 2015

Brilliant Washington Post scoop that lets itself down with the appalling opener "On Feb. 12, 2008":…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @mattbai: Interesting correction here. Bloomberg apparently now using Daily Beast as its source for…

Jan 30, 2015

Oh God no. Mitt on the possibility he'll change his mind. Again.

Jan 30, 2015

Twice failed presidential candidate who wasn't going to win decides that it is probably best if he doesn't try a third time.

Jan 30, 2015

The Sun and other tabloids turning against the Royals is interesting. Are we entering a post-Royal wedding/baby era?…

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Scott Walker is emerging as the most plausible of the many Republican 2016 long-shots/outsiders:…

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