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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

Mike Pence Cast a Tie-Breaking Vote on Bill That Could Hurt Planned Parenthood

An ailing GOP senator returned from back surgery just to cast his vote

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 8:01 pm

White House Invites Intelligence Committee Leaders to View Documents on Russia Probe

The Congressional leaders will see material from the National Security Council

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 8:00 pm

There Are Now More Than 5 Million Syrian Refugees, U.N. Says

Half Syria’s population has been displaced by its civil war

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 7:24 pm

How the World Is Responding to President Trump’s Climate Policies

They’re not giving up even as the U.S. pulls back

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 5:40 pm

5 Things to Know About the House Freedom Caucus

President Trump suggested he may campaign against members of the House Freedom Caucus in the 2018 midterm elections. In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump criticized the group of conservative lawmakers who helped torpedo the Republican health care bill last week and said he would “fight them” and Democrats in 2018. “The Freedom Caucus will hurt…

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 5:30 pm

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Leaves for Pro-Trump Group

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh is departing the West Wing to join the pro-Trump outside group America First Policies, according to senior Administration officials. Walsh, a top aide of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, served as one of the top gatekeepers for President Donald Trump, controlling the White House schedule.…

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 5:01 pm

Can Washington Fix Infrastructure?

Morning Must Reads: March 30

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 4:47 pm

NPR – United States

Amid Talk Of Tariffs, What Happens To Companies That Straddle The Border?

President Trump has called NAFTA a “catastrophe” and threatened to impose a border tax on Mexican imports. How does that impact produce companies with operations on both sides of the border?

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 7:39 pm

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Blasts Putin

Sen. Mark Warner says the Russian leader worked to undermine the 2016 presidential election.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 4:46 pm

The U.S. Is Ramping Up Military Engagement, Which Could Be A Risk For Trump

President Trump seems to have given the U.S. military a freer hand — but without apparent diplomatic or political strategies to accompany the increased military engagement.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 3:29 pm

After Health Care Fight, House Freedom Caucus Considers Next Steps

The group led GOP opposition in the Obama years, but after torpedoing efforts to overhaul health care led by President Trump, the Freedom Caucus is sorting out how to work with fellow Republicans.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 10:00 am

Tillerson’s Task Ahead For Turkey Visit

David Greene talks with James Jeffrey, a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits the country. Turkey’s cooperation is a vital part of efforts to fight ISIS.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 9:14 am

Rural Trump Voters Embrace The Sacrifices That Come With Support

President Trump has proposed spending cuts to programs that prop up rural areas that voted for him. While some policy experts bemoan that, there are rural voters who fully support those cuts.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 9:14 am

A Parody Politician Gains Serious Attention In Serbia

A comedian with a fake name and a horse is winning over voters in Serbia by declaring he is a corrupt thief. He’s a parody of how Serbs see their politicians, and he’s running second in the polls.

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 9:14 am

Yahoo – United States

Rep. Sanford: Trump threatened me to win my vote on health care

Rep. Sanford: Trump threatened me to win my vote on health careRep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., said President Trump threatened to run a primary challenger against him in 2018 if he voted against the Republicans’ proposed replacement for Obamacare. The ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, of which Sanford is a member, led the charge from the right to oppose the bill, and Trump has publicly blamed them for the bill’s failure.


Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 8:10 pm

Russia used fake news to manipulate election, Senate panel is told

Russia used fake news to manipulate election, Senate panel is toldClint Watts, left, a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute Program on National Security, Eugene Rumer, center, Director of Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Roy Godson, right, Professor of Government Emeritus at Georgetown University, testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 30, 2017, on Russian intelligence activities. Lawmakers heading the Senate Intelligence Committee focused squarely on Russia as they opened the hearing Thursday on attempts at undermining the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 7:47 pm

As names surface in hunt for Nunes’ sources, the White House says it isn’t going to help

As names surface in hunt for Nunes’ sources, the White House says it isn’t going to helpWhite House Press Secretary Sean Spicer refused to comment Thursday on a New York Times report that a pair of White House officials played a role in providing House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes intelligence reports that showed communications from President Trump or his associates may have been “incidentally” picked up by U.S. intelligence agencies. “I never said I’d provide you answers,” Spicer said at his daily press briefing. Earlier Thursday, the New York Times reported that several current American officials had identified Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who works on national security issues, as the White House officials who helped provide Nunes with the intelligence reports.


Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 7:18 pm

A window into the plight of America’s railways: Are Amtrak’s long-distance routes coming to an end?

A window into the plight of America’s railways: Are Amtrak’s long-distance routes coming to an end?Earlier this month, President Trump proposed $16.2 billion for the Department of Transportation’s discretionary budget for fiscal year 2018, a reduction of 13 percent. The budget proposal would affect the California Zephyr and other long-distance rail lines run by national rail operator Amtrak.


Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 4:49 pm

Ryan doesn’t want Trump to work with Democrats on health care

Ryan doesn’t want Trump to work with Democrats on health careDespite failing to rally enough Republican support for his bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, House Speaker Paul Ryan says he would rather not see President Trump reach across the aisle to Democrats on health care. “I don’t want that to happen,” Ryan said in an interview that aired on “CBS This Morning” on Thursday. The Wisconsin congressman called the health care fail a “very painful growing pain” for the GOP.


Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 1:23 pm

Trump: We must fight both the Freedom Caucus and Democrats next year

Trump: We must fight both the Freedom Caucus and Democrats next yearPresident Trump vowed to take on the Freedom Caucus in the 2018 midterm elections if its members do not conform to his vision of the GOP. The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast.


Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 1:21 pm

Trump fails at the art of the political deal

Trump fails at the art of the political dealDonald Trump announces his candidacy for the presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015. Now might be a good time to revisit some of the grand and inspiring rhetoric with which Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015. “I’ve watched the politicians,” Trump said then.


Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 9:00 am

Star Tribune – United States

Figures on government spending and debt

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 8:15 pm

Lawmakers push bill to keep many 911 calls secret in Iowa

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 8:15 pm

Trump adviser Bannon won’t be charged in Florida vote probe

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 8:05 pm

Whitnall board tells parents about possible Holtz probe

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 8:05 pm

Sessions seeks to speed deportation of federal inmates

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 8:05 pm

Shutdown? GOP says no as it tries to save Trump priorities

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 7:55 pm

California court rejects city’s review of coastal property

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 7:55 pm


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