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Obama hopes 'cooler heads' prevail on Supreme Court nominee

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he hoped "cooler heads will prevail" and that the Republican-led Senate will act on his U.S. Supreme Court nominee but top Republicans dug in their heels, defending their refusal to consider anyone Obama picks.

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Hunt has costly tax and spending plans - think tank

British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt's plans for tax cuts and more defence spending if he becomes prime minister carry a cost of around 36 billion pounds a year, estimates from the Institute for Fiscal Studies showed on Thursday.