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Sen. Brown cites secret meetings with royalty

BOSTON — Sen. Scott P. Brown said Thursday that he’s held secret meetings with “kings and queens” and other top leaders during his time in the U.S. Senate. An aide later said Mr. Brown misspoke when referring to meetings with kings and queens.

The Massachusetts Republican made the comment during an interview Thursday on WTKK-FM after being asked if it was time to move beyond questions about Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren’s claims of American Indian heritage to discuss other issues. Mr. Brown renewed his criticism of Mrs. Warren but also defended his work as a senator.

“Each and every day that I’ve been a United States senator, I’ve been either discussing issues, meeting on issues, in secret meetings and with kings and queens and prime ministers and business leaders and military leaders, talking, voting, working on issues every single day,” he said.

“He misspoke when he said kings and queens,” Brown campaign aide Colin Reed said.

The head of the state Democratic Party called on Mr. Brown to release a list of his secret meetings.

CONGRESS

Pelosi says attacks on Holder meant to distract

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Republican attacks over Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. are a ploy to distract him from investigating voter suppression in states.

The California Democrat told reporters Thursday it was “no coincidence” that Mr. Holder — who House Republicans are pushing to hold in contempt over his refusal to turn over documents in the Fast and Furious gunrunning investigation — is also the official in charge of preventing voter suppression and enforcing civil rights laws.

“Contempt of Congress? To frivolously use that really important vehicle to undermine the person who’s assigned to stop the voter suppression in our country, I’m telling you, this is connected. It is no accident,” she said.

Mrs. Pelosi said “the very same people who are holding him in contempt are part of a nationwide scheme to suppress the vote.”

CONGRESS

Anti-tax pledge author meets with House GOP

All but 13 of the 289 Republicans in the House and Senate have signed a pledge vowing to oppose tax increases. On Thursday, the author of that pledge met with some of them to help them understand exactly what it is they signed.

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