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** FILE ** In this April 2, 2012, file photo, then Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks in Shawano, Wis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Santorum: Obama wrong to cite Jesus in gay marriage shift

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said Thursday that President Obama is wrong to suggest that Jesus Christ would be on his side in his newfound support for gay marriage and predicted the president's shifting position will motivate social conservatives to head to the polls this fall.

** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, greets supporters during a campaign stop in Portsmouth, Va., on Thursday, May 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Virginian-Pilot, Ross Taylor)

Poll shows Romney, Obama tied in Ohio

President Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney are in a statistical tie in Ohio, and the potential addition of home-state Sen. Rob Portman as Mr. Romney's running mate makes no difference, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Internal Revenue Service forms

IRS paid for employees' real estate classes

The IRS paid for employees to take course in real estate or Japanese and Mandarin language classes as part of its continuing-education benefit program, according to an audit that found the agency wasn't doing a good enough job of checking what it was paying for.

** FILE ** Rep. Pete Sessions, Texas Republican (Associated Press)

Rep. Sessions: GOP will gain seats in November

The head of the House Republicans' fundraising arm predicts his party not only will retain control of the House next year, it will gain seats — pushing back at estimates by many political experts that the GOP will drop up to 15 seats in November.

George Zimmerman appears before Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester Jr. Friday, April 20, 2012, during a bond hearing in Sanford, Fla. Lester says Zimmerman can be released on $150,000 bail as he awaits trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

Democrats withdraw Trayvon amendment

Democrats backed off of their effort Tuesday to offer a "Trayvon amendment" to pressure states to drop their stand-your-ground laws after learning it was likely to be ruled out of order under the evening's rules for debate on the House floor.