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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

Bernie Sanders Calls for Removal of 2 Democratic Convention Leaders

The campaign called them “aggressive attack surrogates” for Clinton

Posted on 28 May 2016 @ 7:27 pm

Billy Joel: Donald Trump’s Campaign ‘Very Entertaining’

Joel has repeatedly dedicated his song “The Entertainer” to Trump at concerts

Posted on 28 May 2016 @ 5:33 pm

Donald Trump Rails Against Judge in Trump University Case

“I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater”

Posted on 28 May 2016 @ 4:17 pm

Donald Trump Thanks Police for ‘Handling the Thugs’ After Protesters Arrested

Tension rose between protesters and police outside Trump’s San Diego rally

Posted on 28 May 2016 @ 2:48 pm

Donald Trump Says No, He Won’t Debate Bernie Sanders

Ending nearly 48 hours of speculation

Posted on 27 May 2016 @ 8:29 pm

Donald Trump and Marco Rubio Are Playing Nice

Their Twitter feud days may be over

Posted on 27 May 2016 @ 8:14 pm

Donald Trump Says Henry Kissinger Backs His Foreign Policy Stance—But He Begs to Differ

“All of those countries are calling me… how can we make him happy?”

Posted on 27 May 2016 @ 7:03 pm

NPR – United States

Be Like Bernie: Sanders Looks To Spread His Political Wealth

He’s beginning to expand his political network by helping upstart progressive congressional candidates and state legislators, lending his fundraising prowess and national fame to boost their bids.

Posted on 28 May 2016 @ 12:57 pm

Donald Trump Relitigates The ’90s To Attack Hillary Clinton

Trump’s recent attacks on the Clintons feel like a time warp, reintroducing Americans to a number of political scandals that dominated the 1990s. NPR’s Scott Simon talks with Time columnist Joe Klein.

Posted on 28 May 2016 @ 12:03 pm

As Democratic Convention Nears, The Battle To Unite Under One Candidate

Ed Rendell, chairman of this year’s Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, talks to NPR’s Scott Simon about his expectations for the convention, and how to unify the party under one candidate.

Posted on 28 May 2016 @ 12:03 pm

Focus On Libertarian Election Amid Voter Discontent Over Clinton-Trump Race

NPR’s Scott Simon talks to Libertarian journalist and editor-in-chief of Reason.com, Nick Gillespie, about the possibility of a third party candidate.

Posted on 28 May 2016 @ 12:03 pm

Even A Win In California Could Have Little Impact On Sanders Securing The Nomination

Bernie Sanders is making a strong push in California as the Democratic primary race nears its end. Polls show him in a dead heat with frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the Golden State.

Posted on 28 May 2016 @ 12:03 pm

Before North Carolina, There Were Other Contentious ‘Bathroom Bill’ Fights

New Hampshire was the site of one of the first legislative battle grounds over transgender rights.

Posted on 28 May 2016 @ 11:29 am

No Sanders Vs. Trump Debate? Sad!

Although the de factor GOP presidential nominee had seemed open to the idea when asked by TV host Jimmy Kimmel, “it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second-place finisher,” he says now.

Posted on 27 May 2016 @ 8:54 pm

Yahoo – United States

Conservative reelected Iran speaker despite reformist gains

Ali Larijani in Tehran on May 29, 2016 after he retained the speakership of Iran's parliamentModerate conservative Ali Larijani retained the speakership of Iran's parliament Sunday despite major gains for reformists in February elections, benefiting from credit gained by his support for last year's nuclear deal. Several lawmakers from the reformist camp broke ranks to vote against the head of their own List of Hope, Mohammad Reza Aref, who lost by 103 votes to 173. February's election was widely seen as a referendum on last July's nuclear deal with world powers led by the United States, the signature policy of moderate President Hassan Rouhani.

Posted on 29 May 2016 @ 9:05 am

Netanyahu’s newly expanded coalition already threatened

The Jewish Home party, whose leader Naftali Bennett is a political rival to Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu, says it will vote against expanded coalition in parliament if its demand relating to the military are not metA key party in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's newly expanded right-wing coalition threatened to bring it down on Sunday over a demand related to the military. The Jewish Home party, whose leader Naftali Bennett is a political rival to Netanyahu, said it would vote against the expanded coalition in parliament if its demand was not met. The religious nationalist party holds eight seats, enough to block Netanyahu's proposed new line-up.

Posted on 29 May 2016 @ 8:55 am

Philippine police kill three more drug suspects

Men caught drinking in public after the 10pm liquor ban are temporarily detained and made to do 40 push-ups at a police headquarters in Manila on May 28, 2016Philippine police have killed three drug suspects in a shootout, officials said Sunday, the latest such deaths after the election of tough anti-crime firebrand Rodrigo Duterte as president. A spate of recent criminal killings by police has spiked fears of a extra-judicial crackdown in the country after incoming leader Duterte vowed to stamp out crime by all means necessary. The accused drug trafficker Rowen Secretaria and two unidentified men were pronounced dead after being taken to hospital, while the fourth was treated for gunshot wounds, local police officer Roel Lagora told AFP.

Posted on 29 May 2016 @ 7:33 am

In Asia Pacific, a tense game of political brinksmanship

FILE - In this Friday, April 15, 2016 file photo, an FA-18 jet fighter lands on the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier in the South China Sea while U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited the aircraft carrier during a trip to the region. American ships and fighter jets maneuvering across the South China Sea and the Sea of Japan represent the “new normal” in U.S.-Pacific relations despite rising tensions with China and Russia. U.S. moves in recent months have led to angry protests from Beijing and Moscow. They say the Obama administration is fueling unrest in the Asia Pacific, and is conducting for illegal and unsafe transit in the region. (AP Photo/Lolita C. Baldor, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — American ships and fighter jets maneuvering across the South China Sea and the Sea of Japan represent the "new normal" in U.S.-Pacific relations despite rising tensions with China and Moscow.

Posted on 29 May 2016 @ 6:28 am

Venezuelan officials, opposition meet mediators over standoff

The opposition is calling on the Venezuelan government to allow international relief supplies of food and medicine into the country where a crippling economic crisis has left major shortages of basic foodstuffsVenezuelan officials and opposition foes have held separate secret meetings in the Dominican Republic with a group of ex-world leaders seeking a way out of political crisis, officials said, as an ex-military reserve leader was shot dead. Representatives of both sides of Venezuela's political standoff met former Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, former Dominican president Leonel Fernandez and Panama's ex-president Martin Torrijos "in recent days" under the auspices of the Union of South American Nations, UNASUR, to seek a "framework for a national dialogue," the organization said in a statement.

Posted on 29 May 2016 @ 6:21 am

Japan’s Abe may leave tax hike to next PM: reports

Reports suggest Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) is likely to leave the tricky work of imposing heavier taxes -- a key measure which would help pay down one of the biggest debt loads among rich nations -- to his successorJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to push back his debt-loaded country's next tax hike for two and a half years, when he will likely have left office, reports said Sunday. Abe on Saturday told his close aides, including Finance Minister Taro Aso, that he intends to push back a planned raise in taxes to October 2019, according to Japanese media. Abe's premiership will end in September 2018 unless his ruling Liberal Democratic Party approves an exceptional measure to extend his leadership.

Posted on 29 May 2016 @ 5:44 am

Brexit: A long, complicated divorce

A British exit from the European Union would plunge the two parties into a messy divorce and force them build a new relationship after a marriage of more than 40 yearsA British exit from the European Union would plunge the two parties into a messy divorce and force them build a new relationship after a marriage of more than 40 years. Here are the logistical and legal details of how the split would work, and the key issues that Brussels and London would have to negotiate if Britons vote for a "Brexit" in the June 23 referendum. Article 50 of the 2009 Lisbon Treaty says that "any member state may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements".

Posted on 29 May 2016 @ 3:27 am

Star Tribune – United States

In Asia Pacific, a tense game of political brinksmanship

Posted on 29 May 2016 @ 6:30 am

Rise of Trump tracks growing debate over global fascism

Trump’s campaign has prompted critics to look at past, envision future

Posted on 29 May 2016 @ 1:54 am

Judge orders release of documents in Trump University suit

Posted on 29 May 2016 @ 1:50 am

The Latest: Search for missing teen in remote area ends

Posted on 29 May 2016 @ 12:35 am

Obamas take a night out at Mexican restaurant in Washington

Posted on 29 May 2016 @ 12:25 am

California US Senate choice could come down to 2 Democrats

Posted on 28 May 2016 @ 9:38 pm

Sanders fails to oust Clinton backers from convention roles

Posted on 28 May 2016 @ 9:36 pm

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