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RNC moves to bind next president on Taiwan, China policy

Wed, 2015-01-14 11:49

SAN DIEGO | An increasingly activist Republican National Committee is expected to dive into foreign policy once again with the passage of a resolution Friday to support Hong Kong’s recent student-led demonstrations for democracy, The Washington Times has learned.

The resolution, which has been quietly making its way through the ...

HHS makes last-minute Obamacare pitch to Hispanics

Wed, 2015-01-14 11:39

The administration urged Latinos Wednesday to beat the clock and get covered on Obamacare's exchanges within the next 30 days, citing health disparities among the fast-growing constituency and fixes to its Spanish-language website after a rocky first year.

Health officials and their nonprofit allies hope the full-court press will overshadow ...

Gun control group: Foiled Boehner plot 'wake-up call' for background checks

Wed, 2015-01-14 11:29

A leading gun control advocacy group said Wednesday that it hopes a foiled plot by an Ohio bartender who authorities say threatened to murder Speaker John A. Boehner is a "wake-up call" for congressional Republicans to approve legislation tightening gun-purchase background checks.

Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to ...

Louisiana editorial roundup

Wed, 2015-01-14 10:34

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers:

Jan. 13

The Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on community college:

"Skin in the game." That is the phrase that people ought to think about when liberals like President Barack Obama propose "free" community college tuition for more than 9 million students ...

Alabama editorial roundup

Wed, 2015-01-14 10:29

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers:

Jan. 13

Anniston (Alabama) Star on victory for journalism:

As the world mourned Monday the Paris bloodshed and debated President Obama's European absence, a critically important development took place in Washington.

James Risen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New ...

North Dakota measure requires citizenship test for students

Wed, 2015-01-14 10:05

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota first lady Betsy Dalrymple, educators, military veterans and lawmakers urged a legislative committee Wednesday to pass bipartisan legislation that would require high school students to take the same test that immigrants must pass to become a U.S. citizen.

"This proposal will give ...

Attorney defends Grand Island council's interview meetings

Wed, 2015-01-14 09:51

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - The Grand Island city attorney is defending the City Council's decision to split into small groups near each other to privately interview candidates for the Ward 1 seat, saying the move didn't violate the state's public meetings law. The county attorney agreed it was ...

Ex-SC state Sen. Ford pleads to forgery, misconduct charges

Wed, 2015-01-14 09:46

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Former state Sen. Robert Ford pleaded guilty to four of the eight charges against him on Wednesday, but told reporters afterward that he was only doing so to avoid the costs of a trial.

"Yes, judge," the Charleston Democrat said during a hearing in ...

Enrollment on federal Obamacare exchange reaches 6.8 million

Wed, 2015-01-14 09:26

Obamacare enrollment on the federal exchange has reached nearly 6.8 million, according to administration data released Wednesday that has Florida leading the way with about 1.2 million signups.

The figures reflect enrollment through Friday in the 37 states that use

Uninsured Americans have one more month to enroll, and ...

Benghazi committee meets with State, DOJ behind closed doors

Wed, 2015-01-14 09:23

Members of the House Select Committee tasked with investigating the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, has met recently behind closed doors with the State and Justice departments but still plans to hold public hearings, the committee's chairman said Wednesday.

"The Department of State provided new ...

Excerpts from recent South Dakota editorials

Wed, 2015-01-14 08:56

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Rapid City Journal, Rapid City, Jan. 10, 2015

Journalists pay ultimate price for free ...

House votes to cancel Obama amnesties

Wed, 2015-01-14 08:25

Brushing aside Democrats' warnings of permanent political doom, House Republicans voted Wednesday to cancel President Obama's deportation amnesties, casting it as an effort to undo a runaway White House untethered either to the Constitution or even to its own words and promises.

In a debate freighted with political, symbolic and ...

Obama approval rating ticks up to 46 percent

Wed, 2015-01-14 08:21

President Obama's approval rating has ticked up to 46 percent, rising 7 points since October and is now at the level it was a year ago, according to a poll for CBS News.

The bump comes largely from his own party and independents. By comparison, Mr. Obama's approval ...

Toy weapons banned from Pennsylvania arts festival

Wed, 2015-01-14 08:15

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Toy weapons have been banned from a Pennsylvania arts festival where kids sell handmade arts and crafts because organizers believe it's a step needed to combat the "especially violent times" in which we live.

This summer's Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will ...

Correction: Texas Legislature story

Wed, 2015-01-14 08:12

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - In a story Jan. 14 about the opening day of the Texas Legislature, The Associated Press erroneously referred to House Speaker Joe Straus as a lawyer. He is a businessman.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Without Perry, Texas Legislature opens ...

Elected officials to answer questions on immigration reform

Wed, 2015-01-14 07:50

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Elected officials in Rhode Island are scheduled to take questions about President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.

Obama in November announced actions that provided temporary deportation relief to some 4 million immigrants in the country illegally.

Rhode Island U.S. Rep. David Cicilline ...

John Boehner mocks Obama's knowledge of Constitution

Wed, 2015-01-14 07:49

Escalating the immigration battle to a war of constitutional proportions, House Speaker John A. Boehner said Wednesday that Congress was canceling President Obama's deportation amnesties in order to keep faith with the founders' vision of a government where laws are made by Congress, not the White House.

Mr. Boehner, taking ...

Weak holiday retail numbers clouds U.S. recovery hopes

Wed, 2015-01-14 07:04

U.S. retail sales unexpectedly tumbled nearly 1 percent in December, the Commerce Department announced Wednesday, sending U.S. stock markets lower and leading at least one analyst to says it's time to pump the brakes on talks of a smooth U.S. economic recovery.

Setting aside the more volatile automotive, construction and ...

Rand Paul in New Hampshire Wednesday with full slate of meetings

Wed, 2015-01-14 06:23

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, is in New Hampshire Wednesday with a full slate of events in store in the early presidential primary state.

The trip is scheduled to include meetings with legislative and business leaders and activists, gun rights supporters, a meeting with the mayor of Manchester and a ...

Chris Christie to set up leadership PAC ahead of possible White House bid

Wed, 2015-01-14 05:46

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's allies are the process of setting up a leadership PAC ahead of a possible presidential run by Mr. Christie in 2016, according to reports.

The PAC would not start operating before Mr. Christie's scheduled attendance at the Jan. 21 swearing-in of ...

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