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Oklahoma Democrats file ethics complaint against Gov. Fallin

Thu, 2015-11-12 09:00

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Democratic Party has filed a complaint with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission, alleging several actions taken by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin are potential violations of state ethics rules.

Party Chairman Mark Hammons submitted the complaint Thursday over the governor's trip with her husband in June ...

Marco Rubio: People don't trust feds to enforce immigration laws

Thu, 2015-11-12 08:30

Sen. Marco Rubio says a main lesson he took away from his work on comprehensive immigration reform in 2013 is that Americans lack trust in the federal government to enforce the immigration laws in the country.

"I learned a very powerful lesson in 2013: the American people do not trust ... alert gives rare nod to Obamacare penalty

Thu, 2015-11-12 08:15

The administration is warning customers to make sure they log onto the Obamacare website and get covered so they don't face a stiff penalty for lacking health insurance next year.

An email blast to people with Web accounts on the federal portal says going without coverage next ...

Pro-life group takes Planned Parenthood fight to Times Square

Thu, 2015-11-12 07:47

As Senate Republicans face a murky path toward defunding Planned Parenthood, a pro-life group is taking the fight to the bright lights of Manhattan, renting out ad space in Times Square to go after the women's health group.

Students for Life of America is running its 10-second spot on a ...

Chris Christie to Black Lives Matter: 'Don't call me for a meeting'

Thu, 2015-11-12 06:47

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie made it clear Wednesday that he would never "dignify" the Black Lives Matter movement by holding a meeting with the activists as his Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton has.

Speaking at a town hall event in Bettendorf, Iowa, the New Jersey governor was asked how ...

Marco Rubio: Unrealistic to 'round up and deport' 11M people

Thu, 2015-11-12 06:38

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Thursday that while some illegal immigrants will have to be deported, it's unrealistic to think it can happen for all of the approximately 11 million in the United States.

Mr. Rubio was asked if he would accept or denounce 2016 GOP presidential rival Donald ...

Fox Business Network breaks ratings record with GOP debate viewership

Thu, 2015-11-12 05:13

About 13.5 million people tuned into Tuesday's prime-time GOP presidential debate on Fox Business Network, delivering the news channel its highest-rated program since it launched in 2007 but falling short of the viewership numbers for the previous three prime-time Republican debates.

The prime-time debate in Milwaukee also peaked at more ...

Former SC lawmaker Viers appeals federal prison sentence

Thu, 2015-11-12 05:05

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - Former South Carolina state Rep. Thad Viers is appealing his 3-year federal prison sentence for money laundering.

Court documents show that Viers' attorneys filed the appeal this week.

The former representative from Horry County pleaded guilty in April to helping a construction company owner hide assets ...

Hillary Clinton has 19-point lead over Bernie Sanders: poll

Thu, 2015-11-12 04:50

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has a 19-point lead over Democratic presidential rival Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, according to a poll released Thursday.

Mrs. Clinton has the support of 52 percent of Democratic primary voters in the national CBS News/New York Times poll, followed by ...

Ted Cruz: We will 'give up' immigration issue if 2016 GOP nominee has embraced amnesty

Thu, 2015-11-12 04:32

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas says that Republicans will give up immigration as an issue in 2016 if they nominate a presidential candidate who has embraced "amnesty."

Mr. Cruz said he won 40 percent of the Hispanic vote during his successful U.S. Senate campaign in Texas in 2012 even as ...

Man who police say drove over officer is in the US illegally

Wed, 2015-11-11 23:35

DALLAS (AP) - Immigration officials say the man who ran over and injured an off-duty officer before being shot by police outside a Dallas nightclub early Monday is in the country illegally.

Twenty-nine-year-old Eduardo Gonzalez-Rios has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault against a public servant.

Police say ...

Moderate Democrats pleading with Obama for decisive plan to beat Islamic State

Wed, 2015-11-11 18:35

Moderate Democrats are breaking with their party's left and with President Obama on the Iraq-Syria war strategy, basically pleading with the commander in chief to come up with a more decisive plan for defeating the Islamic State's terrorist army.

Democratic leftists want American troops brought home, but moderates are staking ...

Immigration, border policies divide 2016 Republican candidates

Wed, 2015-11-11 18:02

Immigration has surged back onto the political battlefield this week after Republicans exposed deep fissures on the issue in their debate Tuesday, and Democrats wasted little time in exploiting those divisions, with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announcing a historic sit-down dinner with illegal immigrants.

The dinner is being organized by ...

Marco Rubio makes new gains after 4th GOP debate

Wed, 2015-11-11 18:01

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Sen. Marco Rubio is emerging as the GOP candidate most likely to unite the various wings of the Republican presidential primary electorate, and that broad appeal was on display when he made a campaign stop here Wednesday at a popular sports bar and restaurant.

Some of the ...

Former AP newsman in Topeka, Elon Torrence, dies at 98

Wed, 2015-11-11 16:37

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Elon Torrence, who covered the trial of two men hanged for murders that inspired the Truman Capote book "In Cold Blood" during a long career as an Associated Press reporter, died Wednesday. He was 98.

He died at a Topeka retirement community, surrounded by family members, ...

Inside the Beltway: Disapproval of Congress at 41-year low

Wed, 2015-11-11 16:16

Alas, a new Gallup poll reveals that 86 percent of Americans disapprove of the U.S. Congress, tying a 41-year record for such negative sentiments. The survey was conducted after Rep. Paul Ryan took over as new House speaker, incidentally. A paltry 11 percent of the respondents actually approve of the ...

Jeb Bush, Johns Kasich, Chris Christie, governors struggle in GOP contest

Wed, 2015-11-11 15:52

The GOP usually loves governors as its presidential nominee, but not this year, where a pack of very experienced and accomplished chief executives is struggling to even break 15 percent in national polls — combined.

Instead it's political outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson who are leading, and two Washington-based ...

Pennsylvania resident wants gun rights restored in Idaho

Wed, 2015-11-11 13:22

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A man trying to convince Pennsylvania to let him own a gun has taken his case to the Idaho Supreme Court.

Todd Rich was convicted of rape in Idaho in 1992, a felony that comes with a permanent loss of gun rights, The Spokesman-Review ( reported.


Feds won't seek prison for NY senator guilty of lying to FBI

Wed, 2015-11-11 13:02

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal prosecutors say they will not seek prison time for a New York state senator convicted of lying to the FBI about arranging a high-paying job for his son because the former lawmaker is terminally ill.

Prosecutors recommended in a filing Monday that Tom Libous be ...

Tennessee editorial roundup

Wed, 2015-11-11 12:45

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers:


Nov. 10

The Knoxville News Sentinel on integrity in the state government:

A pair of government watchdog groups gave Tennessee a D on government integrity in a recent report. The score still ranked 15th in the country, but that is a sad commentary on ...

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