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Democrats: Chamber altered lawmaker’s photo in ads

COLUMBUS — Ohio Democrats are accusing a leading national business federation of altering a photo of Sen. Sherrod Brown and misrepresenting one of his votes in TV ads airing statewide.

Mr. Brown is a Democrat facing re-election next year. Democrats say the U.S. Chamber of Commerce made him look haggard and unshaven in an Associated Press photo that was used in the ad. The AP says it authorized use of the photo but not alterations.

Chamber spokesman J.P. Fielder says the organization didn’t doctor the photo. He says Democrats are distracting from the message of the $1-million-plus ad buy, which casts Mr. Brown’s vote to end $4 billion in government subsidies for five large oil companies as an energy tax hike.

WHITE HOUSE

Obama threatens veto on GOP regulation bill

The White House has threatened that President Obama would veto a pending House Republican bill that would make it easier for Congress to kill proposed government regulations.

The White House’s budget office calls the legislation a “radical departure” from the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches of government. It says the legislation would create unprecedented requirements that would delay and even block rules mandated by law.

The House Republican proposal would require Congress to approve any regulation that is estimated to cost the U.S. economy more than $100 million a year, would result in an increase in prices or would have an adverse effect on competition or jobs.

The Obama administration has identified 219 proposed regulations this year that would cost the economy more than $100 million each.

JUSTICE

Alabama police warned against discrimination

The Justice Department has sent a letter to Alabama police agencies warning them not to discriminate against Latinos as they enforce the state’s tough new immigration law.

Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez, who heads Justice’s civil rights division, sent the letter last week to Alabama’s 156 police agencies that receive federal funding. Mr. Perez warned that agencies risk losing funding if they violate federal policies barring discrimination. He also said Justice officials are monitoring the law’s implementation to ensure there are no civil rights violations.

The Obama administration has sued Alabama to block the law, which allows local police to detain people suspected of being in the country illegally. Parts of the law have been blocked by a federal judge, but police still can arrest suspected illegal immigrants.

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