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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

Schock Reimburses Government for Private Travel to Football Game

His team will continue a thorough review of his office procedures

Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 1:19 am

‘America’s Rabbi’ Apologizes for Ad That Called White House Aide Blind to Genocide

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who calls himself “America’s Rabbi,” apologized for his organization’s ad claiming that White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice is complicit in genocide. “Susan Rice has a blind spot: Genocide,” says the ad, which ran a full page in the New York Times Saturday. The ad says she “stood by” as genocide…

Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 1:05 am

President Defends No Obamacare Backup Plan Ahead of Court Case

“If they rule against us, we’ll have to take a look at what our options are”

Posted on 2 March 2015 @ 11:58 pm

Why Bibi and Barack Can’t Get Along

It would be easy but for the deep differences in policy, politics and personality.

Posted on 2 March 2015 @ 10:00 pm

White House Task Force Calls for Better Data on Police Shootings

Group calls for minimizing the use of military level equipment during demonstrations, but shies away from suggesting more body cameras

Posted on 2 March 2015 @ 9:55 pm

This Federal Agency Gave the New Season of House of Cards a Bad Review

A key plot twist prompted FEMA to separate fact from fiction

Posted on 2 March 2015 @ 8:56 pm

Bill Clinton’s Portrait Includes Symbolic Nod to Lewinsky Affair

The artist who created the portrait of President Clinton that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery admitted he snuck a subtle reference to the Lewinsky scandal into the background of the painting. The shadow is “a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held”

Posted on 2 March 2015 @ 7:47 pm

NPR - United States

Sen. Mikulski, ‘Ground-Breaker’ For Women Legislators, Won’t Seek Re-election

“Do I spend my time raising money, or do I spend my time raising hell?” the Maryland Democrat asked, announcing she will not seek a sixth term in the Senate.

Posted on 2 March 2015 @ 9:15 pm

Clinton’s Portrait Has Hint Of Lewinsky’s Blue Dress, Artist Says

Nelson Shanks tells the Philadelphia Daily News a shadow on the left side of the painting represents not only the infamous dress, but also “a shadow on the office he held, or on” President Clinton.

Posted on 2 March 2015 @ 6:29 pm

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Congress’ Longest-Serving Woman, To Retire

The Maryland Democrat has served in the Senate since 1987 and was the first woman to chair the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.

Posted on 2 March 2015 @ 4:54 pm

Netanyahu In Washington For Controversial Speech To Congress

“The move has created bad blood between Netanyahu and Obama, and relations between the two countries have suffered,” NPR’s Jackie Northam reports.

Posted on 2 March 2015 @ 1:18 pm

Netanyahu To Preview Speech To Congress Before AIPAC Conference

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington, D.C, where he is expected to give a contentious speech before Congress on Tuesday. He appears before a powerful pro-Israeli lobby on Monday.

Posted on 2 March 2015 @ 10:01 am

Supreme Court To Weigh Power Of Redistricting Commissions

Although the court has viewed gerrymandering of legislative districts as a practice that deprives citizens of fair representation, it’s also thrown up its hands when it comes to policing the practice.

Posted on 2 March 2015 @ 9:02 am

How Is Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Washington Visit Playing In Israel?

The prime minister is headed to Washington to address Congress despite objections from the White House. Host Arun Rath speaks with NPR’s Emily Harris iabout how Israelis regard the controversial trip.

Posted on 1 March 2015 @ 10:19 pm

Yahoo - United States

Jeb Bush distances himself from family

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush holds a question and answer session at the Mountain Shadows Community Center in Las Vegas Monday, March 2, 2015. Bush distanced himself from his family on Monday as he courted senior citizens in Nevada, the first stop in a national tour aimed at key states on the presidential primary calendar. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Steve Marcus)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush distanced himself from his family on Monday as he courted senior citizens in Nevada, the first stop in a national tour aimed at key states on the presidential primary calendar.


Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 2:36 am

Netanyahu and Obama spar over Iran nuclear deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, DC, on March 2, 2015Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu sparred over Iran's nuclear program, the US leader pointedly warning that the Israeli premier had been wrong about the issue before. He spoke even as US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif met in Switzerland for talks whi ch are expected to end Wednesday.


Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 2:35 am

Pro-Israel lobbyists heap Iran pressure on US Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington, DC, on March 2, 2015Israel's prime minister and lobbyist-in-chief Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Congress on Tuesday, but US lawmakers will also get an earful from swarms of pro-Israel citizen-lobbyists warning Capitol Hill against a singular threat: Iran. Thousands of members of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, will pack the halls of Congress, a second act of sorts after Netanyahu's divisive speech in which he too will highlight the need to stop Iran's nuclear program cold.


Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 2:33 am

Yahoo interview: Kasparov blames Putin, ‘The ultimate danger’

Bianna Golodryga talks to pro-democracy leader Garry Kasparov about the death of his close friend Boris Nemtsov.

Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 2:25 am

GOP: Our plans would help people losing health subsidies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans sent a message Monday that they hope the Supreme Court and voters will hear: They have ideas to keep the country’s health care system from crumbling if the justices obliterate a bedrock feature of President Barack Obama’s heath care law.

Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 2:02 am

Greece to hurry reform proposals for EU loans: minister

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, shown February 20, 2015, says the state will speed up its reform proposals to its international creditors to unlock vital loansGreece will speed up its reform proposals to its international creditors to unlock vital loans, its finance minister said Tuesday. "(On March 9) I will submit a folder of six proposals and discuss with our peers which ones can be implemented immediately," Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis told Star TV in an interview. Greece's new radical government has until April to present reform proposals to its EU-IMF creditors in order to win approval for its plans for a four-year economic recovery blueprint. Until an agreement is reached, Athens has no access to funds remaining in its 240-billion euro ($272-billion) EU-IMF bailout.


Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 2:00 am

Former Va. governor’s appeal cites broad bribery definition

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is appealing his public-corruption convictions.

Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 1:40 am

Star Tribune - United States

Appeals court upholds protection for threatened seabird whose nesting trees block logging

Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 1:55 am

Former Virginia governor’s appeal in corruption case cites ‘boundless definition of bribery’

Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 1:45 am

Wisconsin attorney general wants 5 more positions to handle officer-involved deaths

Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 1:30 am

Republican Illinois governor Christie helped says New Jersey is lost, ‘going down the drain’

Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 1:15 am

Prosecutors: Suicide bomb suspect ‘well on his way’ to becoming violent terrorist before sting

Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 1:00 am

Wisconsin chief justice warns lawmakers not to move commission under high court’s control

Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 12:35 am

Los Angeles Skid Row, scene of police shooting, long a haven for marginalized, destitute

Posted on 3 March 2015 @ 12:30 am


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