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Operation Rescue has joined other anti-abortion groups in Kansas in a campaign accusing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of being involved in the 2004 destruction of records related to allegations made against Planned Parenthood. At the time, Sebelius was serving as Kansas' governor.
Florida elected officials who co-sposored congressional legislation to fight online piracy announced today they have withdrawn their support, while Google and Wikipedia joined many other online companies and organizations in a blackout to stop passage of the legislation.
In a report issued today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (aka CREW) lists the 11 most embarrassing re-elections of 2010, naming Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, among them and citing a long list of allegations of campaign finance violations as evidence. Buchanan's name comes up frequently in news articles speculating about which Republicans will compete to challenge Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012. Read the CREW charges in full after the jump.