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Democrat strategist says Obama 'should take a flamethrower to his office'

Mon, 2014-10-13 03:37

President Obama needs to sweep through his inner ranks and weed out those who aren't doing him any political good — those who are simply telling him what he wants to hear, rather than what he needs to hear, a key Democratic strategist said.

Only the strategist — unnamed in ...

Struggling health exchanges brace for Obamacare's 2nd year

Sun, 2014-10-12 18:58

States that struggled to operate their health exchanges in Obamacare's first round say they're on sure footing with roughly five weeks to go before open enrollment starts again.

Some states have fired the contractors that developed their websites last time. Nevada scrapped its own website and instead will rely on ...

Republican 2016 hopefuls eager to serve as surrogates on campaign trail

Sun, 2014-10-12 17:38

It had been years since Rep. Walter B. Jones invited a major national Republican figure to visit his North Carolina district to campaign with him, but he broke that drought last month by welcoming Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

It was part of an effort for Mr. Jones, who has ...

CURL: Obama now phoning it in — literally

Sun, 2014-10-12 17:31


On Sunday, President Obama suited up for work.

He put on his pants (most likely one leg at a time, but perhaps not), then slipped on his black windbreaker, the one with the presidential seal on one side, his name on the other (in case he forgets who he ...

Hispanics want Obamacare for illegal immigrant 'dreamers'

Sun, 2014-10-12 17:26

Top Hispanic leaders asked President Obama last week to grant some illegal immigrants access to Obamacare, saying the "dreamers" to whom the White House has given tentative work permits are already paying taxes, so they deserve government benefits.

The request is yet another complication stemming from the legal limbo Mr. ...

Inside the Beltway: Booster shot: Rick Perry's Ebola Factor

Sun, 2014-10-12 17:24

Yes, the presence of a deadly disease in Texas has benefited a certain governor. What with intense and alarming media coverage of two Ebola cases in the Lone Star state, Gov. Rick Perry has risen to the opportunity and gotten decisive indeed. It has paid off. Republican attitudes toward Mr. ...

Leniency sought for suspect in federal bid-rigging scandal

Sun, 2014-10-12 17:10

Federal prosecutors are recommending leniency for a former federal contractor who played an early but critical role in what became the biggest bid-rigging scandal in federal contracting history.

Nick Park, co-founder of Unisource Enterprise, pleaded guilty to two counts of bribery in U.S. District Court in Washington in June 2012, ...

Ex-NSA head says gov't shouldn't pursue reporter

Sun, 2014-10-12 16:16

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former director of the National Security Agency says he doesn't see the need for the U.S. government to prosecute the New York Times reporter who revealed the agency's warrantless surveillance of Americans.

Michael Hayden says he is "conflicted" about whether reporter James Risen should ...

Environmental litigation debated in Montana

Sun, 2014-10-12 12:40

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Federal land management has become one of the hottest political issues this election season, and front and center in the debate are lawsuits filed by environmental groups challenging timber sales as well as listing decisions under the Endangered Species Act.

Yet it is another ...

Bush's 'disastrous blunder' created Islamic State: Sen. Bernard Sanders

Sun, 2014-10-12 12:33

Sen. Bernard Sanders on Sunday pointed the finger at former President George W. Bush for invading Iraq and creating the "can of worms" that is the Islamic State group.

"It is very easy to criticize the president," Mr. Sanders, Vermont Independent, said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"But ...

We need an Ebola czar: McCain

Sun, 2014-10-12 11:04

Sen. John McCain suggested Sunday that President Obama should nominate an Ebola czar to lead the nation's response to the deadly virus.

"From spending time here in Arizona, my constituents are not comforted. There has to be more reassurance given to them," the Arizona Republican said on CNN's ...

Dropped gun charges spark call for legislation

Sun, 2014-10-12 10:13

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A former Marion County prosecutor is calling for legislation to remove the incentives for prosecutors to bargain away gun charges as the Indianapolis homicide rate continues to spiral.

"If you have a violent felon and he's carrying a gun, practically nothing good can come of ...

Sanders: Fight against Islamic State 'cannot and should not be the United States alone'

Sun, 2014-10-12 08:44

Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that other countries must become more involved in the fight against the Islamic State group.

"This is an international crisis," Mr. Sanders, Vermont independent, told CNN's "State of the Union." "This is a regional crisis and I think the people of America are getting sick ...

McCain: Strategy to confront Islamic State 'not working'

Sun, 2014-10-12 08:31

As elements of the Islamic State appeared to be advancing in key parts of Iraq and Syria, the Obama administration defended its plan to combat the terrorist group amid criticism from lawmakers calling for a more aggressive approach both from the U.S. and its international partners in the mission.

Sen. ...

Ohio lawmakers weigh in on rules for air rifles

Sun, 2014-10-12 07:57

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A state lawmaker says he wants to explore potential ways to help first responders tell the difference between weapons and toy guns following the fatal shooting of a man by police inside an Ohio Wal-Mart this summer.

Republican Rep. Rick Perales of Beavercreek told ...

DC company's solution to pricey data problem

Sun, 2014-10-12 07:57

WASHINGTON (AP) - The same technology used by lawyers to weed out mountains of extraneous documents to find the smoking gun to win their case is now being used by city governments to process public records requests from journalists and the public.

And a growing number of local ...

Colleges duck public records law via corporations

Sun, 2014-10-12 07:40

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The business of Florida's 12 public universities is supposed to be public like any other state agency. Salaries, contracts, policies and other university business records are supposed to be subject to Florida's expansive Sunshine Law, which mandates that most government actions be open to scrutiny.


Registration deadline to vote by mail approaching

Sun, 2014-10-12 06:48

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Mainers who want to vote by mail in the midterm election must do so soon.

The deadline to register by mail or through a voter registration drive is Tuesday Oct. 14. Mainers can still register to vote in person at a town office or ...

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Sun, 2014-10-12 03:00

Palestinian leader assures donors of transparency in reconstruction of war-devastated Gaza

CAIRO (AP) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday promised a transparent and responsible use of funds pledged at a donor's conference to help Gaza rebuild after this summer's devastating war between Israel and Hamas.

Speaking ...

Pro- and anti-GMO activists squabble at Maui Fair

Sat, 2014-10-11 16:26

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Activists on both sides of the genetically modified foods debate squabbled and taunted one another during last weekend's Maui Fair, organizers said.

Fair banners and signs were tagged with bumper stickers, Maui Fair Alliance President Avery Chumbley told The Maui News. ( Some of ...

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