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GOP watch: Palin's illegal defense fund

"A legal defense fund set up for Sarah Palin when she was Alaska governor was illegal, an investigator for the state Personnel Board said Thursday," the New York Daily News writes. That said, the investigator "found that Palin ... acted in good faith and relied on a team of attorneys to make sure the fund was lawful."

Judiciary ranking Republican Jeff Sessions is leaving the filibuster option on the table when it comes to Elena Kagan's confirmation. Mitch McConnell has said the same.

"Prescott S. Bush Jr., brother to one U.S. president and uncle to another, has died after a long illness, according to his family. He was 87."