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Santorum mixes academia into campaign trail pitch
HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Rick Santorum is running for president but his campaign speeches can sound like he’s working toward tenure.
The Pennsylvania Republican quotes Irish statesmen and French historians. He traces word origins and explains Islam to the Christian conservatives who have great sway in South Carolina’s GOP presidential primary. He recommends books, cites academic studies and doesn’t shy from footnoting his own unscripted remarks. At times, Mr. Santorum’s events more closely resemble a somber college lecture than a raucous political rally.
A longtime footnote in the race, Mr. Santorum is relishing his new relevance ahead of Saturday’s first-in-the-South primary. His strong finish in Iowa elevated him for the moment as the chief conservative rival to Mitt Romney but he stumbled in the New Hampshire primary. Now he’s looking to rebound in conservative South Carolina.
WikiLeaks case lawyer wants to depose Clinton
An attorney for an Army intelligence analyst charged with leaking classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks wants to question Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton before his client is tried.
David Coombs, an attorney for Pfc. Bradley Manning, included a request to question Mrs. Clinton as part of a redacted document posted Monday on his website and also sent to Army officials. Mrs. Clinton’s name is obscured in the document, but it is clear from context that she is the person he wants to question.
Mr. Coombs failed in his attempt to call Mrs. Clinton as a witness at Pfc. Manning’s preliminary hearing last month. The Army is still deciding whether the 24-year-old native of Oklahoma, who is accused of causing the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, should stand trial.
Lawmakers to weigh how much to save
JUNEAU — One of the major issues facing state lawmakers this session will be how much to spend on immediate wants and needs and how much to save for the future.
The debate isn’t new. In recent years, majorities in the House and Senate, as well as the governor, have each taken credit for socking away money while still passing robust spending plans. For some lawmakers, though, those attempts at fiscal prudence haven’t gone far enough.
At least two bills pending before the Legislature would put billions of dollars into the Alaska Permanent Fund, which is far more difficult for lawmakers to access than other state savings accounts. Another bill proposes a constitutional amendment that would cap spending and compel future savings.
The Legislature reconvenes Tuesday for a 90-day session.
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