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In brief: House panel targets Iran

Mon., May 16, 2011

WASHINGTON – Iran could face a new array of U.S. sanctions under proposed House legislation that’s meant to force Tehran into international talks on its nuclear program.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Howard Berman of California, the panel’s top Democrat, have introduced a bill that would impose penalties on human rights abusers in Iran, including freezing their U.S.-based assets, denying them visas and prohibiting financial or business transactions with any U.S. entity.

Ryan ponders Senate run

WASHINGTON – House Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is considering running for the U.S. Senate after Friday’s retirement announcement by Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl.

Ryan, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, said he would announce his decision “very quickly.”

Noting that Kohl just announced his intentions, Ryan said: “It was a bit of a surprise to all of us and so my family and supporters, we’ve just started digesting this.”

Ryan, 41, long a rising star in the Republican Party, in recent weeks has drawn wide attention, some of it negative, for his Medicare reform proposal, part of a bid to rein in federal spending.

Graham out of hospital

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Evangelist Billy Graham was discharged from an Asheville hospital Sunday after a five-day stay for treatment of pneumonia.

The 92-year-old Graham returned to his Montreat home, a spokeswoman for Mission Hospital said.

Physicians for Graham said his response to antibiotics and other treatment was “excellent,” and that he has regained strength.

But they added that his recovery will be slow.


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