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Hillary Clinton courting AFL-CIO endorsement

Mon, 2015-08-17 15:46

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton will appeal for support Tuesday at the AFL-CIO convention in Las Vegas, seeking to lock down that critical union endorsement for what has become an increasingly competitive race.

Mrs. Clinton has struggled to convince union leaders that she has their back after sowing distrust ...

US: Up to 305 Clinton emails might have classified data

Mon, 2015-08-17 14:20

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department review of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails so far has found as many as 305 messages that could contain classified information and require further scrutiny by federal agencies, the department said Monday.

In a court filing that was part of a lawsuit against the State ...

Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham make pitches at Iowa State Fair

Mon, 2015-08-17 13:50

Fired-up Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker faced down protesters at the Iowa State Fair on Monday, saying he wouldn't be silenced by their heckling, in a confrontation the GOP presidential hopeful appeared to relish as he tries to rally supporters in the early caucus state.

"I am not intimidated by you, ...

Indicted lawmaker: Probe possible prosecutorial misconduct

Mon, 2015-08-17 12:29

WASHINGTON (AP) - Indicted U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah suggested Monday that his racketeering case was tainted by prosecutorial misconduct and called on a pair of influential House committees to review it for unconstitutional or unlawful behavior.

The Pennsylvania Democrat, a member of the powerful appropriations committee, told the leaders of ...

Survey: Trust, exhaustion were issues on Navy hospital ship

Mon, 2015-08-17 12:19

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Stress levels were so high among sailors aboard a Navy hospital ship preparing to provide humanitarian assistance to Latin America that the medical unit was not considered mission capable weeks before it was set to deploy in March, according to Navy documents obtained through the Freedom ...

Indiana officials issuing fewer waivers to state ethics law

Mon, 2015-08-17 12:03

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Government officials in Indiana have been issuing fewer waivers that would let state employees take related jobs in the private sector before a yearlong wait, according to state records.

About 10 waivers to the state's ethics requirement for executive branch employees were granted each year over the ...

Editorials from around Oregon

Mon, 2015-08-17 11:29

The Bend Bulletin, Aug. 12, on wildfire spending:

Let's stop letting forests burn down. More than 44,000 acres are burning in Oregon as of Tuesday. The Rocky Fire in California is bigger than all those in Oregon put together.

Wildland firefighters worry they are seeing larger fires. Hotter fires. They ...

Government concedes mistake in Schock document release

Mon, 2015-08-17 11:17

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The government has acknowledged that there was no "leak" of documents in a federal investigation of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Bass filed notice Monday that federal officials inadvertently filed documents intended to be sealed that were briefly available to the public ...

Carly Fiorina: Unlike Hillary Clinton, I didn't do 'photo ops' with world leaders

Mon, 2015-08-17 11:08

Businesswoman Carly Fiorina said Monday she has the foreign policy chops and expertise to start restoring the United States' reputation on the world stage starting on day one of her presidency, touting her personal relationships around the globe with people such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and King Abdullah ...

Charles Grassley prods Clinton lawyer for answers on email storage

Mon, 2015-08-17 10:30

A top Republican senator is demanding to know Clinton lawyer David E. Kendall's security clearance level and what other precautions he took after it became clear he had classified information from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in his possession for months.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, chairman of the ...

Ann Coulter: Donald Trump can 'perform abortions in the White House' after immigration plan

Mon, 2015-08-17 10:13

Conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter appears to be so enthusiastic about businessman Donald Trump's newly-unveiled immigration proposals that she's willing to look the other way on another issue sensitive to conservatives.

"I don't care if @realDonaldTrump wants to perform abortions in White House after this immigration policy ...

Bob Woodward: Hillary Clinton emails controversy 'reminds me of the Nixon tapes'

Mon, 2015-08-17 10:00

Veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward said Monday that the controversy swirling over Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email server "reminds" him of the Watergate scandal.

"It's extraordinary," he said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"Sixty thousand emails and Hillary Clinton has said 30,000 of them, half, were personal and they were ...

Scott Walker calls for phase-out of federal fuel mandate 'over time'

Mon, 2015-08-17 09:26

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called for a gradual phase-out of a federal mandate that has boosted Iowa's corn market, saying market access should eventually make such a standard unnecessary.

"In my state, for example, when I ran — we don't have an ethanol mandate. I was asked about an ethanol ...

Senator proposing tighter gun control after church shootings

Mon, 2015-08-17 09:14

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina state senator who represents the district that includes Charleston's Emanuel AME Church is proposing tougher state gun controls in the aftermath of the shootings at the church that killed nine people.

Democratic Sen. Marlon Kimpson announced Monday he plans to pre-file bills in ...

Scott Walker takes on protesters at Iowa State Fair

Mon, 2015-08-17 09:00

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Monday he wasn't about to be intimidated by anyone — including those protesting his address at the Iowa State Fair — in his bid for the White House.

Mr. Walker, speaking at the Des Moines Register's political soapbox, said he stood apart from the rest ...

New Hillary Clinton email count: 305 documents referred with potentially classified information

Mon, 2015-08-17 08:45

More than 300 of former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails — or 5.1 percent of those processed so far — have been flagged for potential secret information, the State Department reported to a federal court Monday.

Officials insisted, however, that the screening process is running smoothly and they are back ...

Jeb Bush on VA trouble: Veterans shouldn't be forced to go to failing hospitals

Mon, 2015-08-17 08:21

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said veterans shouldn't be forced to go to failing VA hospitals but should be able to choose their local doctors, in a new plan he unveiled Monday to overhaul the beleaguered agency.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been wracked by scandals ranging from mismanagement ...

Senators warn against 'unbelievable' Obama administration plan to close GITMO, open U.S. site

Mon, 2015-08-17 08:13

The Obama administration is now beginning site assessment plans for domestic alternatives to the Guantanamo Bay prison - such as the Naval Brig in Hanahan, South Carolina and Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas. One South Carolina Republican is not so thrilled.

"It is unbelievable that the President believes they need to ...

Trump: Deny citizenship to babies of people illegally in US

Mon, 2015-08-17 07:14

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to deny citizenship to the babies of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally as part of an immigration plan that emphasizes border security and deportation for millions.

He would also rescind Obama administration executive orders on immigration.

Trump described his expanded ...

Muscogee Principal Chief Tiger announces for re-election

Mon, 2015-08-17 06:27

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) - Principal Chief George Tiger of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation - who was the subject of an impeachment petition drive - has officially announced for re-election to a second term.

Tiger said in a news release Monday that the tribe has begun building a new hospital, a ...

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