Inside Politics: Massachusetts Senate race raises questions on heritage

BOSTON — Republican Massachusetts Sen. Scott P. Brown and his chief Democratic rival, Elizabeth Warren, are trading jabs over her statements about her American Indian heritage.

Mrs. Warren says she’s proud of her family’s ties to the Cherokee and Delaware tribes, although her campaign has yet to produce documentation.

The Oklahoma native also said she was unaware Harvard Law School identified her as an American Indian in the late 1990s, although earlier academic directories indicated she had identified herself as a “minority law teacher.”

Mr. Brown’s campaign manager said Mrs. Warren has to “come clean about her motivations.” Mr. Brown told reporters Monday it’s up to Mrs. Warren to answer questions.

Mrs. Warren’s campaign manager accused Mr. Brown of making “nasty insinuations.”

The Harvard law professor who recruited Mrs. Warren said he didn’t know about her American Indian heritage at the time.

PENNSYLVANIA

Clinton, Bush, Boehner to host Flight 93 event

PITTSBURGH — The National Park Foundation says two former presidents and the speaker of the U.S. House will host a fundraiser in Washington for the Flight 93 National Memorial.

The foundation said Monday that former President Bill Clinton, former President George W. Bush and House Speaker John A. Boehner will host the benefit May 15. The bipartisan event aims to secure funding for the complete memorial, including a learning center and a Tower of Voices containing 40 large wind chimes.

The first phase of the memorial was dedicated in September.

The site honors the 40 passengers and crew members who died when the airliner crashed in a field about 75 miles southeast of Pittsburgh on Sept. 11, 2001. Passengers fought terrorists for control of the hijacked plane that was believed to be targeting Washington.

ILLINOIS

High court orders review of ex-Gov. Ryan’s appeal

CHICAGO — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered a lower court to look at former Illinois Gov. George Ryan’s bid to overturn his corruption convictions, a decision that cracks open the possibility that the imprisoned Republican could win a new trial.

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