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The Fredericksburg, Va.-based organization was formed by abortion opponents before Mr. Obama’s 2008 election. It wants to run ads on its website and on conservative talk shows. Mr. Obama supports abortion rights

NEBRASKA

Judge nixes keeping Kerrey off ballot over residence

OMAHA — A judge has ruled that former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey will appear on Nebraska’s Democratic primary ballot in May.

Lancaster County District Judge Steven Burns’ decision came Wednesday, a day after the Nebraska Republican Party filed a legal challenge to try to keep Mr. Kerrey off the ballot.

The state party challenged Secretary of State John Gale’s opinion last week that said Mr. Kerrey could appear on the May 15 primary ballot.

Mr. Gale said in his opinion that he believed Mr. Kerrey had violated a state law that requires candidates to be residents of the county in which they register to vote. However, Mr. Gale said the U.S. Constitution requires only that Senate candidates be a resident of the state they serve by the time they’re elected.

WHITE HOUSE

De Niro says he meant no offense with first lady joke

Robert De Niro says he meant no offense when he joked at a presidential fundraiser featuring Michelle Obama that America might not be ready for a white first lady.

Mr. De Niro said in a statement that he was speaking “with satirical jest” at the event Monday night in New York. The actor says his remarks “were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone especially the first lady.”

The joke drew a complaint from Newt Gingrich, who said the racial reference to the Republican candidates’ wives was “inexcusable” and demanded an apology from President Obama.

The White House referred questions to Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign. Mrs. Obama’s campaign spokeswoman Olivia Alair called the joke “inappropriate” but declined further comment.

MASSACHUSETTS

King leaves Senate race, backs challenger Warren

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