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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

Democrats Push for Gun Control Ahead of 2016

A shift that started after Newtown continues in the presidential election

Posted on 5 October 2015 @ 8:42 pm

John Boehner Sets Date for Election of His Replacement

Floor vote in the House will go ahead Oct. 29

Posted on 5 October 2015 @ 7:05 pm

Why Kevin McCarthy Likes Jason Chaffetz

Interviews earlier this year with the would-be Speakers shed a light on the most-watched campaign in Washington

Posted on 5 October 2015 @ 7:00 pm

The Surprising Point of the First Televised White House Speech

President Truman’s message: eat less meat

Posted on 5 October 2015 @ 7:00 pm

White House Seeks Answers on Afghan Hospital Bombing

President Obama thinks investigations by the Pentagon, NATO and Afghan security forces will provide answers on why an Afghan hospital was bombarded Saturday, but he does not think an independent investigation is necessary, the White House said Monday. At the daily press briefing Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that Obama is confident that…

Posted on 5 October 2015 @ 5:29 pm

U.S. and Pacific Nations Reach Landmark Trade Deal

The Trans-Pacific Partnership still faces a congressional fight

Posted on 5 October 2015 @ 12:45 pm

Morning Must Reads: October 5

Hillary Clinton had a star turn before the gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign Saturday morning, overshadowing Vice President Joe Biden‘s appearance before the group later in the evening, TIME’s Philip Elliott reports. Biden did bring some harsh rhetoric for Republican presidential candidates. Clinton’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” sought to counteract the narrative that she’s…

Posted on 5 October 2015 @ 12:41 pm

NPR - United States

California Governor Signs Physician-Assisted-Suicide Bill Into Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown: “I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain.”

Posted on 5 October 2015 @ 10:49 pm

U.S. General Says Afghan Forces Requested Airstrike At Kunduz Hospital

The top U.S. officer in Iraq, Gen. John Campbell, says the airstrike Saturday was targeting Taliban forces in Kunduz. A hospital nearby was hit, killing 22 people, including three children.

Posted on 5 October 2015 @ 9:29 pm

After Narrowly Averting A Shutdown, Congress Prepares For Fall Furor

Hard line Republicans in Congress lost the battle to restrict federal funding for Planned Parenthood and the government averted a shutdown last week. But now battle lines are drawn between conservatives and ultra conservatives over the debt ceiling, funding for the highway bill and reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank — all of which could happen this fall.

Posted on 5 October 2015 @ 8:27 pm

Israel Steps Up Security After Deaths Of 8 Israelis, Palestinians

A significant increase in violence has led to the deaths of eight Israelis and Palestinians in recent days, highlighting tensions and prompting an Israeli security crackdown.

Posted on 5 October 2015 @ 8:27 pm

Democratic Hopefuls Push For Gun Control After Oregon Shooting

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley are out with new plans on gun control, while Bernie Sanders talks about the need for “sensible gun-control legislation.”

Posted on 5 October 2015 @ 8:27 pm

U.S., Pacific Rim Nations Reach Agreement On Trade Deal

The U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Monday.

Posted on 5 October 2015 @ 8:27 pm

Univision’s Jorge Ramos Discusses Journalism And That Donald Trump News Conference

Mexican-born journalist Jorge Ramos moved to the U.S. in 1983. “I am glad that I came,” he says. “The First Amendment has given me all the opportunities that I couldn’t have in Mexico.”

Posted on 5 October 2015 @ 8:16 pm

Yahoo - United States

Turkey urges EU action on Syria to end migrant crisis

Refugees and migrants warm themselves around a fire after spending a night in a field on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 5, 2015Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the EU consider a no-fly zone and safe haven area in Syria during talks to address Europe's spiralling migrant crisis. Speaking after the discussions in Brussels, Erdogan said Turkey was bearing the brunt of the crisis and pressed the bloc to act against "state-sponsored terrorism" in its war-torn neighbour. The European Union, meanwhile, said Turkey must do more to stop the flow of hundreds of thousands of refugees who have landed on its shores in the worst such crisis since World War II.

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 3:28 am

California governor signs hard-won right-to-die legislation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will become the fifth state in the nation to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he signed one of the most emotionally charged bills of the year.

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 3:15 am

Clinton slams Benghazi committee in TV interview, ad

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at the Manchester Community College, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday lashed out at the special House committee investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, calling it a partisan political exercise designed to "exploit" the deaths of four Americans.

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 3:02 am

12 Pacific countries seal huge free trade deal

The Trans-Pacific Partnership creates the world's largest free-trade area, encompassing 40 percent of the global economyTwelve Pacific rim countries sealed a deal creating the world's largest free trade area, delivering President Barack Obama a major policy triumph. Working around the clock for days past their deadline, haggard trade ministers announced they reached agreement on the ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership just before dawn, capping five years of difficult talks led by the United States. Spanning about two-fifths of the global economy, the hard-won deal aims to set the rules for 21st century trade and investment and press China, not among the 12, to shape its behavior in commerce, investment and business regulation to TPP standards.

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 2:33 am

Historic Pacific trade deal faces skeptics in U.S. Congress

Trans-Pacific Partnership Ministers meeting post in TPP Ministers "Family Photo" in Atlanta GeorgiaBy Krista Hughes and Kevin Krolicki ATLANTA (Reuters) – Twelve Pacific Rim countries on Monday reached the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, aiming to liberalize commerce in 40 percent of the world's economy in a deal that faces skepticism from U.S. lawmakers. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact struck in Atlanta after marathon talks could reshape industries, change the cost of products from cheese to cancer treatments and have repercussions for drug companies and automakers. New Zealand's demand for greater access for its dairy exports was only settled at 5 a.m. EDT (0900 GMT) on Monday.

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 2:18 am

US, states announce settlement with BP over gulf oil spill

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy attends a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, to announce resolution of federal and state claims against BP for the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the restoration of natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil platform explosion killed 11 and led to the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, with up to a million gallons of oil per day spilling into the sea and washing up on the coastlines of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, and Texas. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department and five states on Monday announced a $20 billion final settlement of environmental damage claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 2:14 am

Afghan forces called for hospital air strike, US general says

Afghan MSF medical personnel treat civilians injured following an offensive against Taliban militants by Afghan and coalition forces at the MSF hospital in KunduzAfghan forces called in a US air strike on a Kunduz hospital that killed 22 people, the top American commander in Afghanistan said Monday, after medical charity MSF branded the incident a war crime. General John Campbell's statement marks the first US military acknowledgement it was behind Saturday's devastating raid in the northern Afghan city which triggered international outrage. "We have now learned that on October 3, Afghan forces advised that they were taking fire from enemy positions and asked for air support from US air forces," Campbell told reporters.

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 1:45 am

Star Tribune - United States

Detroit-based civil rights, social justice activist Grace Lee Boggs dies at age 100

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 3:05 am

Residents’ group sues city of Los Angeles over demolition of one-time Marilyn Monroe home

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 1:00 am

Early lineup release raised questions about transparence of daily fantasy contests

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 12:35 am

Sonoran desert tortoise no longer candidate for Endangered Species Act protections

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 12:20 am

Passenger train from to Washington, DC, derails after hitting rocks, injuring 7 people

Posted on 6 October 2015 @ 12:10 am

Border Patrol parent agency issues custody standards a year after jails are overwhelmed

Posted on 5 October 2015 @ 11:50 pm

Nevada, San Francisco agree to settle patient dumping lawsuit for $400,000

Posted on 5 October 2015 @ 11:00 pm

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