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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Federal Election Commission has filed a lawsuit against former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, accusing her of using at least $20,000 in campaign donations for rent and utility payments at a Delaware townhouse where she lived and worked.

Nixon and the GOP

Aug 14, 2014
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Forty years after President Richard M. Nixon resigned his office, his Republican party is now struggling with  its future. In many ways, he can be seen as a transitional figure getting the backing of the more liberal GOP of the Northeast and the beginnings of the Republican Solid South. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Roger Stone, a political operative who worked for Nixon and who has authored a new book, "Nixon's Secrets", about the former president's role in his party and where the GOP is headed amidst the changing demographics of the 21st century.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says his supporters should continue to fight for the conservative values he championed in Congress despite his defeat at the hands of a little-known tea party candidate.

Cantor told glum supporters Tuesday in Richmond, Virginia, that "obviously, we came up short." He said it was the highest honor of his life serving as House majority leader.

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Christine O’Donnell will not be running for U.S. Senate in 2014.

She sent her announcement out to supporters in an email.

The Tea Party favor upset congressman Mike Castles bid for Delaware’s senate seat vacated by Vice President Joe Biden in the republican primary only to lose to Democrat Chris Coons in the general election of 2010.

WBOC reports that neither the Democratic state party nor Coons’ campaign would comment on “a non-announcement.”

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A former Delaware state Senate candidate and a man he is accused of molesting as a young boy are about to face each other in court.

A man who claims he was repeatedly molested by Eric Bodenweiser more than 20 years ago is scheduled to take the stand Monday in Bodenweiser's criminal trial.

The 55-year-old Bodenweiser is charged with 14 counts each of unlawful sexual intercourse and unlawful sexual contact. He could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

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Despite the recent defeats of Tea Party candidates in recent Republican primaries Christine O’Donnell who also lost her bid for a senate seat in Delaware declared victory.

She said the Tea Party movement had clearly driven the moderate Republican into extinction and has made the federal deficit and debt part of the national dialogue.

She told the Wilmington News Journal she believed the movement had been very successful.

As for a rematch with Senator Chris Coons…who beat in the 2010 general election she replied, “highly unlikely.”

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Former Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell is asking supporters for more than $50-thousand in an unusual weekend fundraising effort.

She says she needs the money to keep her legal fight going against a complaint filed by the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

A settlement from the Federal Election Commission is on the table involving allegations that the Tea Party favorite used 2009 and 2010 campaign money to illegally pay for personal expenses.

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She could be back.

Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell, who lost her bid for a seat in the Senate against Democrat Chris Coons in the tidal wave election of 2010, is now the center of speculation for another against him.

The Great Recession has seen two major political movements emerge: The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. Historian Rick Perlstein, columnist and author of "Nixonland: The Rise of a President", examines their origins and their impact on American politics.