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CNN: Holder rejects resignation call at heated Senate hearing
Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday rejected a GOP call to resign, telling a heated Senate hearing that Republicans were trying to score political points instead of addressing significant issues. Under attack from the outset by Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Holder rejected accusations he was stonewalling congressional investigators on the botched "Fast and Furious" gunrunning sting operation and failing to investigate recent leaks of classified information properly.
CNN: Welcome to the 'Out of Context' campaign
Bill Adair, the editor of the Pulitzer Prize winning web site Politifact.org, said his fact-checks of the presidential candidates in recent days have rated nearly all of their claims to be half-truths. "The campaigns are cherry-picking statistics that don't tell a full story," Adair said.
(CNN) – Democrat Ron Barber won a special election in Arizona on Tuesday to fill the remainder of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' term in Congress, CNN projects.
On Wednesday morning, official results showed Barber with 52% of the vote, while his Republican opponent Jesse Kelly was at 45%. In 2010 Kelly, a former Marine and Iraq war veteran, challenged Giffords but came up 4,000 votes short.