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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

Christie Seeks Common Ground With Iowa Conservatives

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie brought a clear message to skeptical Iowa conservatives Saturday: We may not always agree, but you can work with me. Christie spoke toward the end of a daylong 2016 presidential cattle call hosted by Iowa Rep. Steve King, highlighting his fights with unions in his home state and his pro-life…

Posted on 25 January 2015 @ 1:08 am

Walker Shows His Dark-Horse Strategy in Iowa

Scott Walker isn’t the first choice for president of most Republicans, but he’s banking he can win the White House by being their second. The Wisconsin governor arrived at the Iowa Freedom Summit, a conservative cattle call organized by Rep. Steve King Saturday, set to be overshadowed by stem-winder speech-givers like Donald Trump, Ben Carson,…

Posted on 25 January 2015 @ 12:39 am

Here’s Why Carly Fiorina Thinks She Can Best Criticize Hillary Clinton

Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is gearing up to announce a White House bid this year, positioning herself as the Republican party’s chief critic of likely Democratic nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Fiorina begins as a relative unknown, and trails far in the polls. In a speech to the Iowa Freedom Summit,…

Posted on 24 January 2015 @ 8:42 pm

Morning Must Reads: January 24

Fuel’s Paradise A majority of Americans are paying less than $2 per gallon for gas for the first time since 2009, and the ever-cheapening fuel is helping put more money in consumers’ pockets and bolster the economy NASA Finds ‘Super Earths’ NASA’s Kepler Mission has found many planets in the “Goldilocks zone,” where it isn’t…

Posted on 24 January 2015 @ 2:05 pm

Obama Will End India Trip Early to Visit Mourning Saudi Arabia

The president will skip plans to see the Taj Mahal

Posted on 24 January 2015 @ 1:26 pm

Republican Presidential Hopefuls Gather in Iowa

With two big exceptions.

Posted on 24 January 2015 @ 1:22 pm

Here Are the 8 Bills Obama Has Threatened to Veto

President Obama’s veto threats may end up being more like empty threats. Though he’s only vetoed two bills so far in office — far fewer than most other presidents — Obama has told the newly Republican-controlled Congress that he will veto more if they send him the wrong bills. Obama made four veto threats in…

Posted on 23 January 2015 @ 9:27 pm

NPR - United States

A GOP Weekend, Courtesy Of The Koch Network And Citizens United

Contenders for the 2016 presidential race spoke at Saturday’s Iowa Freedom Summit, and on Sunday night senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul will participate in a livestreamed discussion.

Posted on 25 January 2015 @ 2:24 pm

Republicans Gather To Galvanize, Share Ideas At ‘Freedom Summit’

On Saturday, prominent Republicans from across the country headed to Iowa for the annual Freedom Summit, which supports “pro-growth economics, social conservatism and a strong national defense.”

Posted on 24 January 2015 @ 10:02 pm

Huckabee Serves Up ‘God, Guns’ And A Dose Of Controversy

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sees America as divided into “Bubble-ville” and “Bubba-ville,” a cultural split he describes in his new book, Gods, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.

Posted on 24 January 2015 @ 10:02 pm

Closing Gitmo ‘Going To Be Very Difficult,’ Hagel Says

The outgoing secretary of defense conceded his handling of the Guantanamo Bay detainee issue “hasn’t always made me popular in some quarters.”

Posted on 24 January 2015 @ 6:22 pm

Obama’s India Visit Arrives At A Moment Of Optimism

President Obama arrives in India Saturday to visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi. NPR’s Scott Simon talks to India correspondent Julie McCarthy about what the trip means for U.S.-India relations.

Posted on 24 January 2015 @ 1:42 pm

U.S. Once Had Universal Child Care, But Rebuilding It Won’t Be Easy

In his State of the Union address, President Obama referenced a little-remembered, WWII-era federal child care program, holding it up as an example he hopes to emulate with expanded federal subsidies.

Posted on 24 January 2015 @ 1:42 pm

Obama To Cut Short India Visit For Stop In Saudi Arabia

The president will shave one day from the planned three-day visit to India to make room in his schedule to visit the new Saudi king in Riyadh.

Posted on 24 January 2015 @ 1:10 pm

Yahoo - United States

Koch event drawing 2016 hopefuls Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Walker

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rubio seems to be moving toward a bid for the Republicans' presidential nomination, and late Sunday he joins Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky for an audience with the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is sending clear signs about an expected run for the presidency in 2016.

Posted on 25 January 2015 @ 3:57 pm

My Bro Modi: President Obama’s Unlikely Friendship With a Right-Wing Hindu

My Bro Modi: President Obama’s Unlikely Friendship With a Right-Wing HinduIf there’s an Indian equivalent of President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narenda Modi just might be it. And it comes in spite of the fact that Modi is a right-wing Hindu extremist. They have views about India being a country only for Hindus,” said Milan Vaishnav, a leading India analyst with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Posted on 25 January 2015 @ 3:43 pm

At GOP Summit, Republicans Turn Fire on Obama, Clinton, and Each Other

At GOP Summit, Republicans Turn Fire on Obama, Clinton, and Each OtherThe first conservative showcase of the 2016 cycle is taking place in Iowa today, marking the unofficial start of the presidential cycle. Most of the jabs have been focused directly at President Obama and a Democrat they may be running against — Hillary Clinton. "You can't have Bush," Trump said, criticizing the former Florida governor's support for Common Core education standards and immigration views, as well as his brother former President George W. Bush.

Posted on 25 January 2015 @ 3:43 pm

Lavrov blames upsurge in Ukraine fighting on Kiev troops

Ukrainian soldiers guard a checkpoint in the southern city of Odessa, on January 5, 2015Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking to his US counterpart John Kerry on Sunday, blamed the upsurge in fighting in eastern Ukraine on government forces he said were "constantly" shelling towns. "Sergei Lavrov pointed out that an escalation of the situation is a result of Ukrainian troops crudely violating the Minsk agreements by constantly shelling residential settlements," the foreign ministry said in a statement, referring to a September ceasefire deal. Lavrov also accused the government of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of failing to launch an "all-encompassing constitutional process" that would involve all regions and political forces. Moscow said both Lavrov and Kerry spoke in favour of "an immediate cessation of artillery strikes in Donbass," referring to Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland where pro-Russian separatists launched an uprising in April.

Posted on 25 January 2015 @ 3:34 pm

Kerry in Nigeria to urge non-violence before presidential vote

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry speaks during a press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in LondonBy Warren Strobel LAGOS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Nigeria on Sunday to urge its rival political camps to respect the outcome of a Feb. 14 presidential election, amid concerns that post-poll violence could undermine the fight against Boko Haram militants. Boko Haram has killed thousands, kidnapped hundreds and displaced more than a million people during its campaign to carve out an Islamic state in the northeast of Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation. Overnight Boko Haram attacked the main northeastern city of Maiduguri, leading to hours of fighting before Nigerian troops repelled the militants.

Posted on 25 January 2015 @ 3:32 pm

Kerry in Nigeria to warn against postelection violence

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, Nigerian presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari, center, from the All Progressives Congress (APC) party rides atop a bus as he arrives for a party rally in Kano, Nigeria. A Dutch lawyer at the ICC and Nigerian rights activists say they have evidence showing Nigeria's 2015 presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari instigated violence that led to the killings of some 800 people after he lost 2011 elections. (AP Photo/Sani Maikatanga)LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is encouraging the main candidates in Nigeria's upcoming presidential vote to accept the results and tamp down potential postelection violence in a country reeling from an al-Qaida linked insurgency.

Posted on 25 January 2015 @ 3:30 pm

11 dead in unrest on Egypt uprising anniversary: state media  

A woman mourns during the funeral of Shaima al-Sabbagh, an Egyptian protester who was killed in clashes with the police in Alexandria, on January 25, 2015Cairo (AFP) – At least 11 people were killed in unrest in Egypt on Sunday as the country marked the fourth anniversary of its 2011 uprising, state media reported.

Posted on 25 January 2015 @ 3:30 pm

Star Tribune - United States

More signals from Rubio about 2016 race; Koch brothers event also drawing Cruz, Paul, Walker

Posted on 25 January 2015 @ 4:00 pm

5 ways drones could affect US food supply _ herding cattle and counting fish to scouting farms

Posted on 25 January 2015 @ 1:49 pm

Analysis: Republicans say bipartisanship is needed, but they battled Obama after he first won

Posted on 25 January 2015 @ 12:35 pm

GOP presidential wannabes descend on Des Moines

An assortment of possible Republican presidential candidates were in Iowa Saturday, trying to appeal to conservative activists at a Des Moines forum sponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve King.

Posted on 25 January 2015 @ 5:28 am

Saturday, January 31

Posted on 25 January 2015 @ 4:40 am

GOP hopefuls kick off campaign early in Iowa

Potential candidates pitch their policies and values to Christian conservatives.

Posted on 25 January 2015 @ 4:01 am

Protesters heckle Republicans Rick Perry and Chris Christie on immigration during Iowa forum

Posted on 25 January 2015 @ 1:40 am

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