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Asked whether the muddled contest might be problematic, Mr. Priebus replied, “I don’t know if I would get too uptight over that.”

Mr. Priebus said he isn’t worried about a third-party candidate, saying that would likely pose a greater threat to Mr. Obama than to the Republicans.

“I just think America is ready to put a person in the White House who can make a promise and keep a promise,” he said.


Rep. Wilson plans to offer anti-hazing bill

TALLAHASSEE — Rep. Frederica S. Wilson says she plans to introduce a federal anti-hazing bill as soon as Congress returns from its holiday break next month.

The Florida Democrat says her proposal is designed to ensure no one endures a beating like one that lead to the death of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion last month. She announced her plans Tuesday.

Police say Mr. Champion was punched and paddled in a hazing ritual during the school’s Marching 100 band trip to the annual Florida Classic in Orlando.

The congresswoman says hazing is demeaning, dangerous and deadly, and needs to be stopped.

The Marching 100 has been suspended from future activities and its director placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation into Mr. Champion’s death.


Pentagon: No parade plans for troops home from Iraq

Americans probably won’t be seeing a huge ticker-tape parade anytime soon for troops returning from Iraq, and it’s not clear if veterans of the nine-year campaign will ever enjoy the grand, flag-waving, red-white-and-blue homecoming that the nation’s fighting men and women received after World War II and the Gulf War.

Officials in New York and Washington say they would be happy to help stage a big celebration, but Pentagon officials say they haven’t been asked to plan one.

Two New York City council members, Republicans Vincent Ignizio and James Oddo, have called for a ticker-tape parade down the stretch of Broadway known as the Canyon of Heroes. A similar celebration after the Gulf War was paid for with more than $5.2 million in private donations, a model the two men would like to follow.

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