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Obama won't visit Barack Obama Elementary, despite students' pleas

Tue, 2014-10-14 08:02

Students and parents have practically begged President Obama to visit an elementary school named in his honor, but their calls thus far have been unsuccessful.

The New York Post reported Tuesday that school officials, parents and students at Barack Obama Elementary School in Long Island again lobbied Mr. ...

Oregon’s first lady co-owned property meant for illegal marijuana operation

Tue, 2014-10-14 07:44

Just four months after she illegally married an Ethiopian immigrant in exchange for cash, Cylvia Hayes, the fiancee of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, was involved with a property she admits was intended to be an illegal marijuana grow operation.

Ms. Hayes admitted publicly last week that she met ...

White House details efforts to find kidnapped Nigerian girls

Tue, 2014-10-14 07:31

Six months after terrorists kidnapped more than 270 schoolgirls in Nigeria, the White House on Tuesday detailed the administration's unsuccessful efforts to find them.

National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice said the U.S. has helped Nigeria in its investigations, including by deploying personnel on the ground, providing strategic communications aiding ...

Ryan: Humans might not be cause of climate change

Tue, 2014-10-14 07:26

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — The planet has faced climate change forever and humans' pollution might not be to blame, Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said Monday during a debate against his Democratic challenger.

Ryan, favored to win re-election to his seat representing GOP-leaning southern Wisconsin, faced off against businessman Rob ...

Greg Abbott: Attacking my wheelchair is Wendy Davis' 'prerogative'

Tue, 2014-10-14 06:47

Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott on Monday dismissed Wendy Davis' "wheelchair ad" as a petty attack, arguing that he's taking the high road in focusing on the future of his state.

"If she wants to attack a guy in a wheelchair, that's her prerogative,"

Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis tied in North Carolina Senate race: poll

Tue, 2014-10-14 05:44

A new poll shows a tie in North Carolina between incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis as national Republicans indicate they will dump some big-time money in an already expensive race that Democrats hope to hold.

A High Point University poll of 584 likely voters ...

Recent Missouri editorials

Tue, 2014-10-14 05:31

Jefferson City News Tribune, Oct. 8

A local race attracts $100,000 from D.C.:

The money has an unpleasant aroma.

Brian Stumpe, a candidate for Cole County circuit judge, has received a $100,000 campaign contribution from the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), based in Washington, D.C.


Mitch McConnell doubles-down, says Kentucky Obamacare exchange can survive without Obamacare

Tue, 2014-10-14 05:24

The topsy-turvy politics of Obamacare were on full display during the Kentucky Senate debate late Monday, as Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell suggested the health care law should be pulled out "root and branch" but the state exchange website tied to the overhaul could somehow survive.

To some extent, the Senate ...

W.Va. ethics panel interviews director candidates

Tue, 2014-10-14 05:14

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - More than a dozen people have applied to become the next executive director of the West Virginia Ethics Commission.

Commissioner Betty Ireland is chairwoman of the commission's personnel committee. She tells The Charleston Gazette ( ) that the committee is interviewing 15 applicants.


Mitt Romney is 'done, done, done' running for president, wife Ann insists

Tue, 2014-10-14 05:10

As Ann Romney prepares to launch a center for neurological diseases in Boston, she put in her own not-terribly-enthusiastic two cents on a possible third presidential run for her husband, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

"Done," she told the L.A. Times. "Completely. Not only Mitt and I ...

Ann Romney: 'Mitt and I are done'

Tue, 2014-10-14 04:58

Republican holdouts for a Mitt Romney for president in 2016 can let go the hope.

Mr. Romney will not be making any White House campaign moves -- and that's the word from one who knows him best, his wife, Ann.

"[We're] done, completely," she said to the Los Angeles Times. ...

Priebus knocks 'desperation' from 'idiotic group' pinning Ebola on Republicans

Tue, 2014-10-14 04:50

There has been no shortage of finger-pointing on the response to the emerging Ebola crisis, but Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Monday labeled one ad — titled "Republican cuts kill" — as desperation from an "idiotic" group.

In the spot from the tax-exempt Agenda Project, quick ...

Cory Gardner holds slight edge in Colorado Senate race: poll

Tue, 2014-10-14 04:11

Two new polls give GOP Rep. Cory Gardner an edge in his bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado.

A SurveyUSA poll conducted Thursday through Sunday for the Denver Post gives Mr. Gardner a 2-point lead over Mr. Udall, 45 percent to 43 percent. The ...

Mitch McConnell predicts: I'll likely be Senate majority leader in 2015

Tue, 2014-10-14 03:28

Sen. Mitch McConnell is near-sure of three things in the lead-up to November elections — that he'll win re-election, that the Republicans will take over the Senate, and that he'll be selected to lead the Senate.

He made the prediction during a televised debate with challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes seated ...

Obamacare website won't reveal insurance costs for 2015 until after election

Tue, 2014-10-14 02:31

Those planning to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare exchange will soon find out how much rates have increased — after the Nov. 4 election.

Enrollment on the website begins Nov. 15, or 11 days after the midterm vote, and critics who worry about rising premium hikes ...

NC mayor faces federal prison term in scandal

Tue, 2014-10-14 01:02

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte's former mayor is being sentenced in a federal corruption case that stunned North Carolina's largest city.

Forty-seven-year-old Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty in June to accepting $50,000 in bribes between January 2013 and February, 2014 - three months after he was elected.

An ...

AP-NM--New Mexico News Digest, NM

Tue, 2014-10-14 00:02

Good morning. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in New Mexico. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Susan Montoya Bryan at 505-822-9022 or

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and ...

Tuesday is Va. voter registration deadline

Mon, 2014-10-13 23:01

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The clock is ticking for Virginians who want to vote in next month's mid-term elections.

Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote. The marquee contest Nov. 4 features the U.S. Senate race between Democratic Sen. Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie.

A ...

Governor's fiancee lived at home intended for pot

Mon, 2014-10-13 21:48

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Less than a week after she admitted to a sham marriage, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancee said late Monday that she lived in 1997 on a property that was intended to be used for a marijuana growing operation.

Cylvia Hayes issued a statement saying ...

Bairoil mayor facing nepotism charges

Mon, 2014-10-13 20:01

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The mayor of a small Sweetwater County town who is accused of employing her husband and daughter-in-law has been charged with two counts of nepotism.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports ( ) Bairoil Mayor Sue Ann Rigano is set to appear in court Oct. 28.


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