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Insurance Commissioner urges health reform plans

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says the state needs to decide soon what health benefits it would offer under federal health care reform.During a meeting with health care officials on Wednesday, Praeger says if Kansas doesn’t pick its own plan for a health insurance exchange, the federal government will make the decision for the

Posted on 6 September 2012 @ 3:43 pm

Police in legal minefield on Ariz. immigration law

More than two years after it was signed into law, the most contentious part of Arizona’s landmark immigration legislation is expected to go into effect following a federal court ruling issue late Wednesday.But the U.S. Supreme Court laid a legal minefield that Arizona now must navigate when the critical provision takes effect. The clause, one of

Posted on 6 September 2012 @ 3:40 pm

Biden will head to Ohio’s Appalachian region

Vice President Joe Biden will campaign this weekend in Ohio’s Appalachian region, an area loaded with white, working-class voters that President Barack Obama’s campaign hopes to appeal to in the aftermath of the Democratic National Convention.The Obama campaign has so far announced rallies in Zanesville in eastern Ohio and the southeastern Ohio

Posted on 6 September 2012 @ 3:37 pm

Lingle, Hirono meet in first debate for US Senate

Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle and U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono are facing each other in the first of five general election debates in their race to replace U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka.The Senate hopefuls planned to debate for about 90 minutes on Thursday at a luncheon hosted by the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce.The chamber is billing the event as a

Posted on 6 September 2012 @ 3:34 pm

Pine Bluff election in question due to Census data

Pine Bluff Mayor Carl Redus Jr. has filed a lawsuit that seeks to stop the November mayoral election.Redus wants to remain mayor for an additional two years to realign the city’s election cycle, which needs to change because of new U.S. Census data.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports ( http://is.gd/Y36rVi) that Pine Bluff’s population dropped

Posted on 6 September 2012 @ 3:07 pm

Obama to sketch path forward after Clinton pitch

President Barack Obama goes before the Democratic National Convention and the nation on Thursday for a capstone speech designed not just to persuade undecided voters to swing his way in a tight election but to put fire in the belly of his supporters and get them to come out on Election Day.Obama senior adviser David Plouffe promised the president

Posted on 6 September 2012 @ 3:01 pm

Longoria promises ‘no empty chairs’ at convention

Actress Eva Longoria says her speech to the Democratic convention will be very different from Clint Eastwood’s speech to Republicans.Longoria tells NBC’s “Today” there will be no empty chairs.Eastwood gave a bizarre and rambling address last week at the Republican convention, talking to an empty chair as he pretended to converse with

Posted on 6 September 2012 @ 2:58 pm

Time - United States

Obama Defends U.S. Intelligence After Hostage Deaths

“We don’t take this work lightly”

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 9:42 pm

Cable’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

At this time last year, the powerful cable industry seemed to be at the top of its game. An appeals court, in January 2014, had chucked out the Federal Communications Commission’s latest attempt to establish net neutrality rules, and a month later, in February, the two biggest cable companies in the country, Comcast and Time…

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 4:32 pm

Morning Must Reads: April 24

Armenia Massacre Marks Century The Presidents of Russia and France joined other leaders on Friday at ceremonies commemorating the massacre 100 years ago of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks, an event which remains a diplomatic sore point for both sides Petraeus Avoids Prison Former CIA Director David Petraeus was sentenced to two years of…

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 11:46 am

Widow of American Captive Killed in Strike Criticizes U.S. Hostage Support

The wife of Warren Weinstein joins a number of families calling for more centralized support and communication

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 2:22 am

Hillary Clinton Makes First Attacks on GOP

“It is not leadership,” she said

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 12:35 am

Trust-Busting Isn’t Back. Comcast Was Just Unlucky.

Comcast walked away from its $45.2 billion proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, according to a statement released Friday. The unexpected change of heart—attributed to unnamed sources by Bloomberg News, CNBC and the New York Times (Comcast declined to comment to TIME)—comes just a day after government officials at the Federal Communications Commission and the…

Posted on 23 April 2015 @ 9:39 pm

Hillary Clinton Called to Testify Before House Benghazi Committee

The Presidential candidate was called to testify the week of May 18

Posted on 23 April 2015 @ 8:03 pm

NPR - United States

California Cities Struggle To Meet Water Conservation Targets

Early next month, California plans to finalize its emergency water conservation plan. Cities are under the gun to cut their water usage from anywhere between 15 and 40 percent.

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 8:22 pm

Week In Politics: Clinton Foundation, Drone Strikes

NPR’s Melissa Block talks with E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about the Clinton Foundation financial news and drone strikes.

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 8:22 pm

Young Trafficking Victim’s Story On NPR Leads To Senator’s Amendment

Hearing about a young woman’s struggle to wipe away her conviction on prostitution charges inspired New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to introduce legislation to help other victims.

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 8:16 pm

After 5-Month Delay, Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

After a long delay and a lot of partisan rancor, much of which had nothing to do with her, the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general. She could be sworn in as early as Monday.

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 9:10 am

Clinton Faces Bad Headlines And More Questions Of Scandal

From questions surrounding the Clinton family foundation to a congressional investigation into Benghazi, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is pushing back against allegations of scandal.

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 9:03 am

As Governors Eye The White House, Home Takes A Back Seat

Governing is messy, but slumping approval ratings for hopefuls like Scott Walker and Chris Christie likely won’t have much impact on the presidential contest.

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 9:03 am

Has The Senate Found It’s More Fun To Be Functional?

If this Senate is getting some traction, it’s not yet a threat to anyone’s legislative hall of fame. Much higher hurdles loom, including highway funding, spending bills and the debt ceiling.

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 7:54 am

Yahoo - United States

Is ice cream safe? Federal health officials say yes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is ice cream safe to eat? Federal officials say yes, even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections.

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 11:58 pm

Man who shot Reagan ‘ready’ for life outside hospital: psychiatrist

John Hinckley, the attempted assassin of US President Ronald Reagan, in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981Staff treating the man who shot US president Ronald Reagan testified Friday that he was "ready" for life outside the mental hospital and is so extensively trailed by the Secret Service that the government can know where he is anytime. John Hinckley, 59, who attempted to kill Reagan in 1981, was committed to St Elizabeth's mental hospital in the US capital but already spends around half the month at his mother's house in southeast Virginia. On March 30, 1981, Hinckley shot Reagan, his press aide Jim Brady and two others outside a Washington hotel in an effort to impress Hollywood actress Jodie Foster with whom he said he was obsessed. "This is not a hearing for him to be out without conditions," Hinckley's lawyer Michelle Tupper Butler told AFP.

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 11:57 pm

Obama defends US intelligence after hostage deaths

President Barack Obama holds up a jar full of paper clips while speaking at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's (ODNI) 10th anniversary at ODNI headquarters in McLean, Va., Friday, April 24, 2015. Obama was making a joke about Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and used the jar to help illustrated the point. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama on Friday praised the nation's spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future mistakes.

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 11:28 pm

Attorney general bids farewell after 6-year tenure

Attorney General Eric Holder waves to Justice Department during a farewell gathering at the Justice Department in Washington, Friday, April 24, 2015. Holder was bidding farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years as the nation's top law enforcement official. Holder was addressing employees at an afternoon ceremony one day after his chosen successor, Loretta Lynch, was confirmed by the Senate following a months-long delay. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder bid farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years, outlining what he said were his major accomplishments and telling staffers they helped produce a "golden age" in the department's history.

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 11:27 pm

2 nuke launch officers face illegal drug charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two more Air Force nuclear missile launch officers have been charged with illegal drug use in cases stemming from an investigation that led to the disclosure last year of a separate exam-cheating scandal, the Air Force said Friday.

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 11:12 pm

Chill in the air as Arctic nations meet

The giant jawbones of bullwhale guard the entrance to the original Inuit village of Iqaluit northeastern Canada, on April 24, 2015Arctic nations warned Friday of the dangers facing the environment and the peoples of the remote region, as it now also becomes a new flashpoint in global tensions with Russia. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as everywhere else on the globe and US officials last month said the Arctic sea ice had reached its lowest winter point since satellite observations began in the late 1970s. "One of the biggest challenges everybody has talked about today is climate change. The numbers are alarming — and that's putting it mildly," US Secretary of State John Kerry told ministers as the United States took over from Canada as the chairman of the Arctic Council.

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 11:04 pm

Machine gun ‘fun’ with ex-SEAL from Bin Laden raid

This photo obtained November 7, 2014 from The Montana Standard shows former US Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill in Butte, MontanaA right-wing political group has invited donors for some "machine gun fun" at a Wyoming shooting range with former Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill, who has claimed credit for killing Osama Bin Laden. The conservative organization ForAmerica is offering a chance to spend a weekend with O'Neill and shoot guns with the retired commando — for a fee of $50,000, according to the Washington Post. "Our event will consist of clay, pistol and 'machine gun fun' with shooting competitions with Rob O'Neill," said an invitation to donors, posted by the newspaper. Participants will stay at the Amangani Resort Hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which the invitation described as offering "picturesque views" of Grand Teton National Park and the Snake River.

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 10:59 pm

Star Tribune - United States

Governor signs into law overhaul of Washington state’s medical marijuana market

Posted on 25 April 2015 @ 12:15 am

Lawmakers pass bill that would make Hawaii first state to raise legal smoking age to 21

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 11:32 pm

Attorney general bids farewell as successor prepares to be sworn in next week

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 11:30 pm

Aide to Mississippi Sen. Cochran arrested on drug charge; ingredient in ‘date rape’ drug cited

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 11:22 pm

Cash flowed to Clinton Foundation amid Russian uranium deal

Uranium One deal examined.

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 11:01 pm

White House announces first-ever gathering of tribal youth in July in Washington

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 10:45 pm

North Dakota approves new oil tax framework: Bill lowers taxes, abolishes price triggers

Posted on 24 April 2015 @ 10:25 pm

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