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NRA launches ad campaign against Michael Bloomberg

Wed, 2014-08-20 06:23

The National Rifle Association this week is launching an ad campaign targeting former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has pledged to spend up to $50 million to boost candidates who back gun control initiatives this year.

"Michael Bloomberg has declared war on the NRA and our five million ...

Union County to change immigration jail policy

Wed, 2014-08-20 05:01

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Union County will become the third county in New Jersey to limit cooperation with federal immigration officials over detaining those who may be in the U.S. illegally.

County officials on Wednesday will announce the county jail would stop honoring requests by immigration officials to keep those ...

Voters say N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo part of government corruption problem, not solution

Wed, 2014-08-20 04:31

A plurality of voters in New York say Gov. Andrew Cuomo is part of the problem when it comes to state government corruption, but recent developments over his office's involvement in a now-shuttered ethics commission isn't hurting his re-election chances at this point.

Eighty-three percent of voters say government corruption ...

Voters say solve illegal border surge by sending kids home, poll shows

Wed, 2014-08-20 03:05

An overwhelming percentage of voters say it's better to send illegal immigrant children surging across the border back home, rather than trying to house them in the U.S., said a new Republican poll released Tuesday.

And voters also take a dim view of having President Obama act on his own ...

Dan Sullivan wins GOP U.S. Senate primary in Alaska

Wed, 2014-08-20 01:45

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.

Sullivan entered the primary the presumed ...

Eric Holder promises fair, thorough investigation of Ferguson shooting

Tue, 2014-08-19 19:13

Tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, simmered Tuesday ahead of a scheduled visit from U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and as prosecutors prepared to present evidence to a grand jury in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

Mr. Holder was set to travel ...

2nd House District candidates discuss immigration

Tue, 2014-08-19 18:56

RINDGE, N.H. (AP) - Three Republican candidates for the state's 2nd Congressional District debated at Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday, tackling issues including campaign advertising and national border security.

The debate, the second in the university's Monadnock Debates series, featured state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, former state Sen. Gary ...

Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

Tue, 2014-08-19 18:55

Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Aug. 19, 2014.

Perry has brought himself and Texas to this juncture

Whatever the outcome of the criminal case against Gov. Rick Perry, the events that led to it are a reflection upon him and how he has chosen to govern.

Consider how ...

Army quits tests after competing rifle outperforms M4A1 carbine

Tue, 2014-08-19 18:39


A competing rifle outperformed the Army's favored M4A1 carbine in key firings during a competition last year before the service abruptly called off the tests and stuck with its gun, according to a new confidential report.

The report also says the Army changed the ammunition midstream to a round ...

IRS data lapse first uncovered by private firm

Tue, 2014-08-19 17:59

Recent criminal charges against an IRS employee accused of storing personal information about more than 20,000 employees and contractors on his home computer network stemmed from the work of a research firm hacker who stumbled across the agency security flaw and reported it to the government.

Internet security firm Identity ...

Inside the Beltway: Romney's route could still lead to a ballot

Tue, 2014-08-19 17:51

He just looks presidential, all confident and centered amid national turmoil, ramped up by incessant media coverage. Yeah, well. That's the Mitt Romney brand. He appears in public as a consistently reassuring presence, campaigning for assorted Republican hopefuls with ease, cheerfulness and focus. Could his calm, sure demeanor be rooted ...

Rand Paul's pursuit of black voters splits GOP

Tue, 2014-08-19 17:50

Rand Paul is courting black voters unabashedly, traveling a path not taken by most Republican presidential hopefuls since Jack Kemp blitzed urban America with his message of economic hope and opportunity two decades ago.

From his speech at a historically black university to his essay decrying the militarization of local ...

Defiant Perry booked on abuse-of-office charges

Tue, 2014-08-19 17:08

Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned himself in to police on Tuesday to be processed in connection with his indictment on abusing his office — though the Republican made the most of it, holding a rally outside the courthouse to rail against the charges.

"I'm going to fight this with every ...

Panel votes on limiting free meals for lawmakers

Tue, 2014-08-19 16:26

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Lawmakers would be able to accept just 12 free meals from lobbyists each year under a plan from a legislative ethics panel.

The Legislative Ethics Board voted Tuesday 5-3 to define, for the first time, what current law means when it prohibits public officials ...

Clock ticks on Illinois term limits ballot measure

Tue, 2014-08-19 16:21

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner made a last push Tuesday for court approval of a measure that would ask voters to impose term limits on state legislators, just three days before the November ballot will be finalized.

At a news conference in Springfield, ...

Obama's brief break from vacation on Martha's Vineyard baffles some

Tue, 2014-08-19 16:13

Maybe the thought of not seeing Vice President Joseph R. Biden for two whole weeks was more than President Obama could bear.

Whatever the real reason for Mr. Obama's 40-hour visit to Washington in the midst of his summer vacation, the president returned to Martha's Vineyard on Tuesday afternoon, leaving ...

Former Obama adviser David Plouffe hired by Uber

Tue, 2014-08-19 16:10

NEW YORK — Uber is stepping up its political game with a high-powered new hire.

The taxi-alternative service is hiring a former White House adviser to lead its campaign for acceptance in the 170 cities around the world where it operates.

David Plouffe is best known for running President Barack ...

Grimes takes heat over family discount on bus

Tue, 2014-08-19 15:47

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign is hitting Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes for renting a bus acquired by her father's company for less than what other similar services would charge — a discrepancy legal experts say could be considered an illegal in-kind contribution.

Politico initially detailed that Ms. Grimes paid ...

Man shot by gang-activist arrested in new shooting

Tue, 2014-08-19 14:53

DENVER (AP) - Authorities say a man who was shot and paralyzed by one of Denver's leading anti-gang activists last year has been arrested in a drive-by shooting.

Court and jail records show 23-year-old Hasan "Munch" Jones was arrested Tuesday on charges related to the May shooting of ...

Lawmakers target immigrant driver's license scams

Tue, 2014-08-19 14:37

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Legislation sent to the governor's desk Tuesday intends to crack down on people who try to make immigrants pay unnecessary fees for driver's licenses.

Under a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year, California will start issuing licenses to immigrants in the U.S. illegally in ...

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