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In the meantime, he has remained a prodigious fundraiser, taking in $3,554,046 from June 30 through Dec. 8.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, also a Republican, is widely rumored to be mulling a run for governor. His campaign reported raising more than $4.1 million between July 1 and Dec. 31.

Mr. Abbott now has over $18 million in cash on-hand.


Letter questions prosecutors over legal pursuit of Swartz

Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, sent a letter Friday questioning whether federal prosecutors were overzealous in their prosecution of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist and co-founder of the website Reddit who took his own life on Jan. 11.

“Was the prosecution of Mr. Swartz in any way retaliation for his exercise of his rights as a citizen under the Freedom of Information Act?” Mr. Cornyn said in a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. “If so, I recommend that you refer the matter immediately to the Inspector General.”

Swartz committed suicide at the age of 26. He was facing trial on charges of breaking into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s computer system and downloading academic articles without a subscription. He could have faced up to 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted.

His family and friends have blamed the government for his death, saying they bullied him with their prosecution.


Ex-Mayor Koch enters hospital over weekend

NEW YORK — Former New York Mayor Ed Koch is back in the hospital for the third time in recent months.

Spokesman George Arzt says Mr. Koch went to the hospital at about 10 p.m. Saturday with swollen ankles. He says tests on Sunday showed Mr. Koch also has some fluid in his lungs.

Mr. Arzt says Mr. Koch “sounded great” when they spoke Sunday.

It’s unclear when he will be released.

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