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“I am absolutely thrilled to be given the honor of leading this great organization,” said Ms. Hogue, who also will head the organization’s foundation. “This is a critical moment to engage a new generation of young people in the conversation about what choice means in a modern age,” she said.

Ms. Hogue is a former co-founder and co-director of Friends of Democracy super PAC, a campaign-reform group. She also has held positions with Media Matters for America and, and is on the editorial board of The Nation magazine.


Reid’s office says senator not involved in pay deal

SALT LAKE CITY — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office said Monday that he was never involved in a deal to have a Utah businessman pay the senator to make a federal investigation disappear.

St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson, who is accused of running a $350 million software scheme, said a top official in the Utah attorney general’s office orchestrated an agreement in 2010 to pay $600,000 to someone connected to Mr. Reid.

Mr. Johnson told The Salt Lake Tribune over the weekend that he thought Mr. Reid would intervene in the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into his business.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Reid’s office, Kristen Orthman, said Monday that the Nevada Democrat “had no knowledge or involvement” in Mr. Johnson’s case and said the allegations “are nothing more than innuendo and simply not true.”

Federal prosecutors say Mr. Johnson’s company sent software to consumers for a supposedly risk-free trial but billed them anyway.

Mr. Johnson was arrested at a Phoenix airport in 2011, carrying more than $26,000 in cash and a one-way plane ticket to Costa Rica.


Lawmaker seeks to end abortion provider funding

Rep. Diane Black, Tennessee Republican, is reviving the push to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

Mrs. Black has reintroduced a proposal that would prohibit the secretary of health and human services from funneling federal funds to abortion providers.

“I urge my colleagues to stand up for life and support this important legislation,” Mrs. Black said Monday on the House floor.

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