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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

Morning Must Reads: November 27

200,000+ Without Power As most of the U.S. prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, spare a thought for more than 200,000 American families who were facing the holiday without electricity after heavy snow felled power lines from West Virginia to Vermont early Thursday Is Turkey Actually Good for You? Do the nutritional perks of turkey deserve to…

Posted on 27 November 2014 @ 2:30 pm

This is How You Prepare a Hotel Room for Presidential Turkeys

Birds who’ve grown accustomed to a particular lifestyle require special attention—especially when they’re about to meet the President

Posted on 26 November 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Facts and Ferguson

There will be two conversations about this shooting and its investigation. One will be public. The other will be private

Posted on 26 November 2014 @ 5:05 pm

Over 450,000 Have Signed Up for Health Insurance

Compared to 125 last year this time

Posted on 26 November 2014 @ 4:56 pm

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Undergoes Heart Surgery

After experiencing discomfort, the 81-year-old justice was taken to the hospital where a blockage was discovered

Posted on 26 November 2014 @ 3:48 pm

Watch John Boehner Tell You How To Cook Your Turkey

House Speaker reveals the secret to the perfect turkey brine, and it actually sounds pretty good

Posted on 26 November 2014 @ 3:02 pm

Morning Must Reads: November 26

Ferguson Protests Across the U.S. Anger over a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown to death, continued to reverberate around the country on Tuesday, with protests and demonstrations from coast to coast Thanksgiving Travel Tips There are going to be some 41 million people…

Posted on 26 November 2014 @ 12:10 pm

NPR - United States

Week In Politics: Hagel’s Resignation, Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

NPR’s Ari Shapiro speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of the New York Times about the grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson and the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Posted on 28 November 2014 @ 9:51 pm

Pentagon Expected To Release More Detainees From Guantanamo

Since the midterm elections, there has been a new batch of transfers from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and more releases are in the works. But a new GOP Congress could stall the drive to empty Guantanamo.

Posted on 28 November 2014 @ 9:04 am

EPA’s Proposed Rules Add To Obama’s Collision Course With GOP

The Environmental Protect Agency has drafted regulations on Ozone pollution. The latest move exposes divisions between the Obama administration and leading Republican lawmakers over the environment.

Posted on 27 November 2014 @ 9:42 am

Search For Political Common Ground Is Difficult, Research Shows

New research into the nature of intractable political conflicts might shed some light on how to address the perennial arguments that break out across Thanksgiving tables.

Posted on 27 November 2014 @ 9:42 am

Judge Rules Fewer Political Groups Can Keep Their Donors Secret

The ruling targets the funders of campaign issue ads that encourage viewers to choose a specific candidate. The FEC now must decide whether it will appeal the ruling or require more disclosure.

Posted on 27 November 2014 @ 4:57 am

Veto Threat Puts Tax Break Package Back At Square One

President Obama and many congressional Democrats object to making tax breaks for businesses permanent while allowing larger credits for the poor and middle class to lapse

Posted on 26 November 2014 @ 8:41 pm

EPA Proposes New Rules To Curb Ozone Levels

The rules would lower the threshold for ozone from 75 parts per billion to between 65 ppb and 70 ppb. They are likely to be opposed by industry groups as well as Republicans.

Posted on 26 November 2014 @ 3:12 pm

Yahoo - United States

Police arrest 15 in more Ferguson protests

Demonstrators lie down with signs of protest inside the Galleria shopping mall on November 28, 2014 in Brentwood, MissouriPolice in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson arrested 15 people after fresh protests over a grand jury decision not to indict a white policeman for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager. The arrests came after protesters forced a crowded St Louis mall to close for around two hours earlier in the day, demanding a boycott of post-Thanksgiving shopping and justice for Michael Brown. Monday's announcement that officer Darren Wilson will not face charges sparked demonstrations, arson and eruptions of gunfire in Ferguson, and protesters were again out on the streets in the predominantly black suburb on Friday after the rallies looked to peter out.

Posted on 29 November 2014 @ 7:28 am

Today in History

Today is Saturday, Nov. 29, the 333rd day of 2014. There are 32 days left in the year.

Posted on 29 November 2014 @ 5:00 am

Gov. Nixon to call special session over funding

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that he will call a special session of the state General Assembly to provide funding for public safety efforts related to protests in the Ferguson area.

Posted on 29 November 2014 @ 3:11 am

Christie vetoes politically charged pig crate bill

In this Oct. 27, 2014, photo, Sarah Swingle, of Charleston, S.C., with the Humane Society of the United States, stands immobilized in a human-sized "gestation crate," in front of the Statehouse, in Trenton, N.J. Swingle's demonstration was part of the society's efforts to have Gov. Chris Christie sign legislation that would require state agriculture officials to adopt regulations concerning confinement of pregnant pigs. Christie has until Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, to decide whether to sign the bill. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a politically charged bill that would have banned the use of certain pig cages in his state, a move many observers see as aimed at appeasing Iowa voters ahead of a potential 2016 presidential run.

Posted on 28 November 2014 @ 11:48 pm

Canada pledges $440 million to vaccinate poor children

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen Harper visit children on November 28, 2014 in the Philippe Maguilen Senghor health center in DakarCanadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday his government would provide support worth hundreds of millions of dollars towards life-saving vaccines for children around the world. Harper made the announcement at an event with Senegalese Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne at a clinic in Dakar to mark the introduction in Senegal of a vaccine for rotavirus — a virus that causes diarrhoea in children so severe it can be fatal. He didn't put a figure on the funding but an aide said it amounted to 500 million Canadian dollars ($440 million, 355 million euros). On his official website, Harper said he was proud of Canada's "leadership to promote maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries so that women and children around the world can also live healthy and productive lives".

Posted on 28 November 2014 @ 9:21 pm

Past ban on marrying blacks may mar tribe’s future

FILE - This Nov. 25, 2009, file photo shows Pamunkey Councilmen Jeff Brown, left, and Gary Miles, hold a deer as their Chief Kevin Brown presents it to Gov. Tim Kaine, second from left, during the annual tax tribute from the Virginia Indians to the Virginia governor in Richmond, Va. Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of the Pamunkey tribe in southeast Virginia because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Alexa Welch Edlund, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks.

Posted on 28 November 2014 @ 8:45 pm

Tunisia’s outgoing premier backs broad coalition

Tunisia's outgoing Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa speak during a interview in the city of Dakar, Senegal, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Tunisia's outgoing prime minister says the country needs a broad coalition government in order to continue with the necessary economic reforms. Jomaa said Friday in Dakar that his interim technocrat cabinet has started the reform process but that the next government must have broad support to implement further changes. (AP Photo/Jane Hahn)DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Tunisia's next government should be a broad as possible coalition so that it has the necessary support to implement difficult economic reforms, the outgoing prime minister said Friday in an implicit backing of an Islamist-secular alliance.

Posted on 28 November 2014 @ 8:45 pm

Star Tribune - United States

Fond du Lac man without legs inspires others to bicycle new Loop trails

Posted on 29 November 2014 @ 6:05 am

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Posted on 29 November 2014 @ 6:00 am

Alcohol produces big bucks for states

Nationally, revenue from hard liquor doubled from 2000 to $60 billion in 2013.

Posted on 29 November 2014 @ 4:49 am

Gov. Nixon to call special session for Ferguson-related security funding

Posted on 29 November 2014 @ 3:59 am

3-judge federal court panel to hear oral arguments in ex-Detroit mayor’s appeal for new trial

Posted on 29 November 2014 @ 12:35 am

Air Force: 4-state bomber training zone would see low-altitude flights, large-scale exercises

Posted on 29 November 2014 @ 12:30 am

New Jersey GOP Gov. Christie vetoes state pig crate bill that Iowa pork farmers opposed

Posted on 28 November 2014 @ 11:50 pm

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