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NRSC spokesman Chris Bond said, “It’s understandable that his campaign would want to distract voters with a phony controversy.”
Onion’s ‘hostage’ spoof angers Capitol Police
Capitol Police were not amused by tweets and an article written by the satirical newspaper the Onion falsely reporting that members of Congress had taken a group of schoolchildren hostage.
The satirical newspaper’s Twitter accounts and related story Thursday reporting gunshots and hostage-taking in the Capitol came a day after the FBI arrested a Massachusetts man accused of planning to bomb the Pentagon and the Capitol with explosive-filled model airplanes.
“It has come to our attention that recent Twitter feeds are reporting false information concerning current conditions at the U.S. Capitol,” Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said in a statement. She said conditions at the Capitol, now largely empty because lawmakers are on vacation, were normal.
The Onion tweets and article spoke of congressional leaders “brandishing shotguns and semiautomatic pistols,” taking a class of schoolchildren hostage and threatening to kill them if they didn’t get $12 trillion in cash. It showed a doctored picture of House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, holding a gun to a child’s head and reported that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, was firing a handgun and wearing a black pantyhose over his head.
Democratic Mayor Warren exits U.S. Senate race
NEWTON — Mayor Setti Warren has announced dropping out of the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts.
Mr. Warren conceded at a news conference outside his home Thursday that the entry into the race by consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren was a “huge” factor in his decision. The two are not related.
Mr. Warren said he wasn’t pressured by Democratic leaders to drop out and that he made the decision after consulting with his family. He has polled poorly and had difficulty raising money.
Other Democrats running for the seat held by Republican Scott P. Brown include City Year youth program co-founder Alan Khazei, immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco, state Rep. Tom Conroy, Newton resident Herb Robinson and former lieutenant governor candidate Robert Massie.
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