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**FILE** Karl Rove (Associated Press)

Karl Rove-linked Crossroads GPS fed up with FEC info requests

Crossroads GPS, the Karl Rove-affiliated conservative group that spent at least $30 million on issue ads and other advocacy leading up to Election Day, is darn tired of being asked by the Federal Election Commission to tell the public where it gets its money and how it spends it.

** FILE ** North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, left, speaks while North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger listens at a news conference on the results of an investigation into petition fraud, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 in Stenehjem's office at the Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. (Associated Press)

North Dakota AG seeks war chest to defend abortion law

Gearing up for legal battles to come, North Dakota's attorney general is asking lawmakers to put an extra $400,000 into his budget to fight expected court challenges following the passage of the state's tough new anti-abortion legislation, which is among the most restrictive state laws in the country.

**FILE** Sen. John McCain (Associated Press)

McCain gets clearance to use leftover campaign cash from 2008

Five years after he lost a bid for the presidency to Barack Obama, Arizona Sen. John McCain is making moves with leftover campaign cash. Nearly $600,000 that was restricted to use for legal purposes, such as the possibility of a recount, has been freed up to use for political or charitable purposes and moved to the main long-dormant campaign committee, filings showed Tuesday.

**FILE** Marilyn B. Tavenner (Associated Press)

Medicare head promises to probe market leak

The acting administrator for the federal Medicare agency told Sen. Chuck Grassley she will conduct a thorough investigation of a possible intelligence leak from her ranks that jolted the stock market earlier this month.

**FILE** Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (Associated Press)

White House says Kiev's pardons are good step

The White House Monday praised Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to pardon two jailed allies of imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, but also said Kiev needs to do more to establish a true democracy in the country as it seeks to create closer relations with the European Union.