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Mike Huckabee: 'I salute' S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley on Confederate flag issue

Tue, 2015-06-23 04:53

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he is saluting South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who called Monday to remove the Confederate flag from the state Capitol grounds.

"I salute Governor Haley and the other people of South Carolina for saying look, if this is a distraction, if this is something ...

Ashton Carter: 'We continue to hope that Russia will change course'

Tue, 2015-06-23 04:21

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that U.S. assets being deployed to NATO countries largely for training purposes are designed to be a response to Russia's "provocations" but that the U.S. is holding out hope that Russia will change its course in the region.

"It's heavy combat equipment for training ...

Hillary Clinton leads Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker in head-to-head matchups: poll

Tue, 2015-06-23 03:54

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton leads a trio of Republican heavyweights in head-to-head 2016 matchups, according to a new poll.

Mrs. Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner, leads former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by 8 points, 48 percent to 40 percent, she leads Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida ...

Former E. Idaho sheriff sentenced to 30 days in jail

Mon, 2015-06-22 20:38

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says a former eastern Idaho sheriff convicted of misusing public funds in a case involving a county-paid cell phone has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $2,500 in fines.

Former Jefferson County Sheriff Blair Olsen was ...

Inside the Beltway: Megyn Kelly now predicted to become the next Barbara Walters

Mon, 2015-06-22 20:07

She's not just an anchor anymore. Fox News CEO Roger Ailes himself has given Megyn Kelly a new series of broadcast specials to augment her top-rated primetime hour on the network, prompting Variety - a leading industry source for TV and film - to compare her to longtime interview maven ...

Democrats use Confederate flag flap in South Carolina to solicit donations

Mon, 2015-06-22 18:56

National Democrats tried Monday evening to raise funds off the South Carolina Confederate flag flap.

In a blast email sent after 7 p.m. Monday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said the issue of the Confederate flag, which zoomed to the front of national consciousness after a white supremacist ...

Alaska Editorials

Mon, 2015-06-22 18:37

Here is a sampling of editorial opinions from Alaska newspapers:

June 18, 2015

Juneau Empire: Rayco jury's decision was the right call

On Monday, a jury of five men and seven women found Juneau gun store owner Ray Coxe did not illegally sell a fugitive a weapon he later used ...

Climate change, doubt of Obama risk trade deal

Mon, 2015-06-22 18:23

Global warming has emerged as the newest battleground on trade, with opponents on both the right and the left trying to use the hot-button issue to sink President Obama's quest for a legacy-building free trade deal.

Conservatives argue that Mr. Obama will use trade negotiating powers to write a binding ...

White House pressed to extend Iran nuclear talks deadline

Mon, 2015-06-22 18:06

The Obama administration is coming under increasing pressure from European allies to extend the deadline for an Iranian nuclear deal beyond June 30, a development that signals doubts about Tehran's willingness to bargain and complicates the U.S. president's relations with Congress on the talks.

Administration officials say the deadline — ...

WESLEY PRUDEN: Politicians don't let Charleston tragedy go to waste

Mon, 2015-06-22 17:11

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The funeral processions to the graveyards in Charleston will be crowded unless the families can keep out the interlopers, exploiters and other cheap opportunists. The easy riders have hitched up their hobbyhorses for the big parade.

Some of the long riders want to shoot down the Confederate flag. Others ...

Larry Hogan, Maryland governor, says he has 'very aggressive' cancer of lymph nodes

Mon, 2015-06-22 16:58

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Monday he has "very advanced" and "very aggressive" cancer of the lymph nodes, but he said he will fight for a full recovery and continue to work as the state's chief elected official.

Hogan spoke candidly, choking up at times while ...

Hillary Clinton eases into gun debate with call for more laws

Mon, 2015-06-22 16:00

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped carefully into the gun control debate following the shooting massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, pledging her respect for "responsible gun owners" while calling for tough new laws to keep firearms out of the hands of killers.

But the effort failed ...

Aid for asylum seekers OK'd by House, but future uncertain

Mon, 2015-06-22 15:50

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill fiercely opposed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage that would allow the roughly 1,000 people seeking asylum in the state to continue receiving municipal welfare benefits.

But the measure doesn't appear to have enough support in the ...

Dominican Republic offers help to migrants willing to leave

Mon, 2015-06-22 15:28

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - Migrants who would like to leave the Dominican Republic ahead of a wave of expected deportations are being offered help from the government of the Caribbean country.

The migration agency says it has started a free bus service to take migrants to the border ...

Fort Hood pushes jobs for soldiers easing into civilian life

Mon, 2015-06-22 15:06

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Each year about 11,000 soldiers depart the post at Fort Hood, stepping back into the civilian life and the private workforce.

Some have little trouble transitioning into jobs. Others tap their GI Bill benefits, head to college and pursue a degree.

Yet many of them ...

The Latest: Maine House OKs state aid for asylum seekers

Mon, 2015-06-22 14:18

5:00 p.m. (EDT)

Maine's Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has endorsed a measure to ensure people seeking asylum in the state continue receiving municipal welfare benefits.

The House voted 81-63 in favor of the bill on Monday. It also approved an amendment that was introduced by Republican Sen. Amy Volk and ...

JASON SNEAD: A dysfunctional civil-forfeiture system seizes savings, destroys lives

Mon, 2015-06-22 13:49

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Mandrel Stuart used to be a small-business owner. Unfortunately, he had to close down his Staunton, Virginia restaurant, the Smoking Rooster. Not because of poor sales or harsh food critics, but because one day in 2012, Fairfax police officers turned a routine traffic stop into a chance to seize ...

Ethics panel to continue probe of 2013 Azerbaijan trip

Mon, 2015-06-22 13:29

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Ethics Committee said Monday it is continuing an investigation of nine members of Congress who went on a 2013 trip to Azerbaijan paid for by that country's government.

The ethics panel said in a statement that lawmakers from both parties are cooperating in the investigation, ...

Nun who vandalized uranium bunker likely to remain free

Mon, 2015-06-22 12:21

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists are likely to remain free because the government said Monday that it will not seek to have a sabotage charge reconsidered.

Sister Megan Rice was originally sentenced to three years for vandalizing an Oak Ridge, Tennessee, bunker ...

Hillary Clinton to join race debate, campaign near Ferguson, Missouri

Mon, 2015-06-22 12:14

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton will call for racial harmony and make a campaign stop Tuesday near Ferguson, Missouri, where black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer last summer, setting off protests and a national debate about police race relations.

Mrs. Clinton pushed ...

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