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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

Jeb Bush, Mr. Sunshine

He’s been out of politics for nearly a decade, but he thinks he knows how to fix the country

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 2:46 pm

Hillary Clinton, Up, Up and Away

Hillary Clinton prepares a 2016 campaign on promises of upward mobility for the middle class

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 2:45 pm

Morning Must Reads: December 22

New York Mourns Slain Officers Following the shooting of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn on Saturday, NYPD officers have been directed to only go on foot patrols in pairs, detectives have been told to go out in teams of three and sentries have been deployed outside station houses Cop Deaths and Race Relations…

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 2:07 pm

Rising VA Disability Payments Linked to Veteran Unemployment

Stanford study suggests a seesaw relationship between the two

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 1:39 pm

Poll: Hillary’s Lead for 2016 Democratic Nomination Has Shrunk

December poll says 61% of likely Democratic voters say they would vote for Clinton

Posted on 21 December 2014 @ 9:22 pm

U.S. Transfers 4 Guantánamo Prisoners to Afghanistan

The transfer marks the first repatriation of prisoners to Afghanistan since 2009

Posted on 20 December 2014 @ 5:33 pm

President Obama Confuses James Franco, Joe Flacco in Speech

The confusion creates a parody Twitter account @JamesFlacco

Posted on 19 December 2014 @ 10:49 pm

NPR - United States

Yahoo - United States

FAA, industry launch drone safety campaign

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, a drone flies during a presentation to the press in Paris, France, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, the drone industry is teaming up with the government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, drone industry officials said Monday they are teaming up with the government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign.

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 4:57 pm

Tunisia’s Essebsi, president at last at 88

Veteran politician Caid Beiji Essebsi, seen after casting his vote on December 21, 2014 in TunisVeteran politician Caid Beiji Essebsi, officially confirmed as Tunisia's new president Monday, had been the favourite to become the new head of state of the country that launched the Arab Spring. Essebsi — now 88 — held key posts under Habib Bourguiba, the father of Tunisian independence, but also under dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who was deposed in 2011. His detractors had accused him of seeking to restore the regime of Ben Ali, who clung to power for 23 years before fleeing, combining authoritarian rule with a degree of prosperity and stability for his people. Born in Sidi Bou Said, a northern suburb of Tunis, the founder and chairman of the Nidaa Tounes (Call of Tunisia) party studied law in Paris and began practising in 1952.

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 4:52 pm

Judge seems skeptical of challenge to Obama immigration plan

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2013 file photo, Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks in Phoenix. A gadfly attorney and a county sheriff from Arizona want to halt President Barack Obama’s immigration program in the first courtroom battle over the initiative designed to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. On Monday, lawyer Larry Klayman will try to persuade a judge nominated by Barack Obama that the immigration system, contrary to what the president says, isn’t really broken. Klayman says the president has violated the Constitution by doing an end run around Congress and that drastic changes in immigration programs should be stopped. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge seems skeptical of a lawsuit that seeks to halt President Barack Obama's immigration plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation.

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 4:51 pm

AP-GfK Poll: Cards, gifts cross religious lines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christmastime is here and a new poll reveals the cards and gifts that are part of celebrating the holiday are ubiquitous, even among those who don’t share the Christian beliefs behind the story of the Magi who gave the first Christmas gifts.

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 4:49 pm

Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia’s first free presidential vote

Anti-Islamist Beji Caid Essebsi, named as the winner in Tunisia's first free presidential election, arrives at his party's headquarters on December 22, 2014 in TunisVeteran anti-Islamist politician Beji Caid Essebsi was declared the winner of Tunisia's first free presidential election on Monday, capping off the transition to democracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. Essebsi, an 88-year-old former official in previous Tunisian regimes, took 55.68 percent of the vote to defeat incumbent Moncef Marzouki in Sunday's run-off, the electoral commission said. US President Barack Obama congratulated Essebsi and hailed the vote as "a vital step toward the completion of Tunisia's momentous transition to democracy", a White House statement said. The vote was seen as a landmark in Tunisia, which sparked the Arab Spring mass revolutions with the 2011 ouster of longtime strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 4:48 pm

How the AP-GfK poll was conducted

The Associated Press-GfK poll on seasonal greetings and gifts was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Dec. 4-8. It is based on online interviews of 1,010 adults who are members of GfK’s nationally representative KnowledgePanel.

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 4:47 pm

Late at night, Christie doing 2016 foreign policy homework

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie leaves the Capitol in Washington. Undeterred by Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is staying up late to do his foreign policy homework. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — It's after 9 p.m. on a Sunday night in late November and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is deep into a conference call, talking about nuclear weapons and Iran.

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 4:23 pm

Star Tribune - United States

Undeterred by Jeb Bush, NJ’s Chris Christie staying up late to do his foreign policy homework

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 5:00 pm

FAA, industry launch safety campaign as small drones fly off retailers’ shelves this Christmas

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 5:00 pm

AP-GfK Poll: Americans of all faiths embrace holiday cheer in the form of gifts, cards

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 4:55 pm

How the AP-GfK poll on seasonal cards and gifts was conducted

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 4:50 pm

Judge to rule whether Oklahoma’s execution methods violate inmates’ constitutional rights

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 4:20 pm

Young immigrants line up early at Arizona motor vehicle offices to apply for driver’s licenses

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 4:15 pm

Alstom SA, French power and transportation company, to pay $772M in foreign bribery case

Posted on 22 December 2014 @ 4:10 pm

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