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Liberals assessing 2016 race as Clinton weighs bid

Wed, 2014-07-16 14:26

WASHINGTON (AP) - Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren told a group of young Democrats Wednesday that the political system was "rigged" by powerful lobbyists and the wealthy and made an impassioned case for reducing burdensome student loans. Vice President Joe Biden said he had been on the front lines of ...

Blagojevich files new argument in appeal

Wed, 2014-07-16 14:22

CHICAGO (AP) - Lawyers for imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich submitted an additional argument Wednesday to the federal court that's considering his appeal, saying a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision bolsters their contention that the Illinois Democrat never crossed the line from legal political horse trading into corruption.


A timeline of the New Jersey traffic jam scandal

Wed, 2014-07-16 14:07

A New Jersey joint legislative committee, continuing its investigation of alleged political retribution in the form of traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge, hears Thursday from an aide to Gov. Chris Christie. Here is a timeline of important dates in the scandal:

Sept. 16, 2010: Mayor Mark ...

Law enforcement academy board reverses some rules

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:32

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The board for the state's main law enforcement academy voted Wednesday to undo changes that lowered cadets' required firearms scores and equalized physical tests among male and female cadets.

Director Jack Jones made the changes last year following complaints by police chiefs and sheriffs ...

Delay expected in Schilling's lobbying hearing

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:18

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A delay is expected in a hearing on whether ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling violated state lobbying laws before clinching the deal that gave 38 Studios a $75 million state-backed loan.

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis' office has scheduled separate hearings Thursday for Schilling ...

NM congressman discusses trip to Central America

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:43

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce says more than 200 Central American immigrants being held at a federal detention facility in southern New Mexico have been processed by immigration officials and are awaiting approval from their home countries to be returned.

The New Mexico Republican says ...

Texas chancellor: No trust in campus president

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:26

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The chancellor of the University of Texas System insisted Wednesday that a breakdown of trust and communication led him to demand the resignation of the flagship campus' president, not pressure from members of the Austin school's governing board.

University of Texas President Bill Powers ...

CURL: Obama administration cries racism to cover for unpopular policies

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:15


Have you heard the one about the black attorney general who sits down with a black reporter from ABC News to talk about America's first black president? "Sure is a lot of racism," says the AG. Rim shot.

Yeah, not a very funny joke. But that's the point — ...

Senate GOP blocks bill on contraception coverage

Wed, 2014-07-16 11:55

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections, a legislative setback for Democrats that they hope will be a political winner in November's elections.

The vote was 56-43 to ...

Democrats' bill to reverse Supreme Court's birth-control ruling can't clear filibuster

Wed, 2014-07-16 11:46

Senate Democrats' effort to reverse the Supreme Court's "Hobby Lobby" ruling on birth control could not overcome a Republican filibuster Wednesday, exposing the partisan divide over how to balance women's health rights with religious liberty ahead of November's congressional contests.

The chamber's 56-43 vote was not enough to green-light the ...

Conservative convert Susana Martinez converts voters with her personal story

Wed, 2014-07-16 11:45

But will major campaign donors and 2016 GOP presidential primary voters see the former prosecutor and daughter of a Texas deputy sheriff as a good fit for president of a nation where Hispanics account for 54 million out of a total population of 316 million?

The answer will become clearer ...

Alaska tops wildcard races across the West

Wed, 2014-07-16 11:45

The road to a Republican majority in the Senate could hinge on what happens in Alaska, where Sen. Mark Begich is fighting for his political life and, like other vulnerable Democrats, is trying to distance himself from President Obama and some of Mr. Obama's unpopular policies.

Kyle Kondik of the ...

Senate Republicans block bill to restore free contraception under health care law

Wed, 2014-07-16 11:35

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans block bill to restore free contraception under health care law.

National Archives also wants answers for agencies' lost documents

Wed, 2014-07-16 11:18

An inter-government e-mail obtained by Congress shows that agencies mired in controversies don't just have to answer to lawmakers, but to the National Archives as well.

Housed in a large, ornate building on Pennsylvania Avenue, the National Archives and Records Administration is perhaps best known to most as the home ...

Nonprofit loses grant over gay marriage stance

Wed, 2014-07-16 11:08

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Catholic organization has decided to cut off long-standing funding to a Portland immigrant rights group that works with day laborers over its affiliation with an organization that supports same-sex marriage.

Voz Workers' Rights Education lost a $75,000 grant in June from the Catholic ...

GOP presents ethnic faces to California voters

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:52

With less than four months to go before Election Day, Orange County Republicans in California are confident that at least two of the four Asian-American GOP women running in high-profile local and state races will emerge victorious, helping to change the face of the party overnight.

The push to elect ...

Biden: Push for immigration reform 'not about constituencies'

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:42

Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Wednesday that the Obama administration isn't pandering to Hispanic voters with its push for immigration reform amid a surge of illegal immigrants.

"It's not about constituencies," Mr. Biden told an audience of young progressives in Washington. "It's about the history of the journey of ...

Colorado summit a conservative magnet

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:40

DENVER | Five years ago, John Andrews was casting about for a signature event to put the newly founded Centennial Institute on the map, when he realized that there is probably no place politicos would rather visit in the summer than Colorado.

The humidity is low, the bugs are scarce ...

SC Supreme Court: Autopsy reports are not public

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:39

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that autopsy reports are not public records, dealing another blow to traditional practices under the state's Freedom of Information law.

The justices ruled 4-1 that autopsies are medical records and fall under privacy provisions of the open ...

Los Angeles to help shelter immigrant children

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:38

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he will coordinate with federal officials and local nonprofits to help make the city a destination for immigrant children detained after crossing the border.

Federal money would pay for legal representation and temporary shelter, while local nonprofits would ...

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