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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

Ebola Travel Ban Wins Support From Another Embattled Democratic Candidate

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is the latest Democrat to open up to an Ebola travel ban

Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 1:53 am

Pelosi and Hillary Join Forces to Rally Democratic Women

The event brought together Clinton and Obama supporters from 2008

Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 12:33 am

GOP Wields Romney Fundraising List in Senate Battle

A potent tool for raising cash

Posted on 20 October 2014 @ 9:57 pm

Obama White House Finds Ebola and ISIS Crises Silver Lining

An excuse for why he’s not campaigning for more Democrats.

Posted on 20 October 2014 @ 9:19 pm

Obama Votes Early in Chicago

“I love voting”

Posted on 20 October 2014 @ 5:06 pm

Monica Lewinsky Just Joined Twitter

Here she goes

Posted on 20 October 2014 @ 2:06 pm

Voters Say Events in U.S. ‘Out of Control’

Poll finds anxiety on a range of issues, from Ebola to health care costs

Posted on 20 October 2014 @ 11:31 am

NPR - United States

Close Iowa Senate Race Could Come Down To How Women Vote

Joni Ernst, who’s an officer in the Iowa Army National Guard, presents herself as a mother, soldier, leader. But many women aren’t responding to that.

Posted on 20 October 2014 @ 7:53 pm

N.H. Senate Race Becomes Focal Point For Both Parties

Incumbent Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen had maintained a lead over the Republican field throughout the year in the swing state. But Republican Scott Brown, former Massachusetts senator, has closed the gap since his nomination in September.

Posted on 20 October 2014 @ 8:23 am

Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

Campaigning against gay marriage used to help Republicans win elections — but now GOP candidates in tight races are backing away from mentioning social issues on the stump.

Posted on 20 October 2014 @ 8:23 am

This Political Ad Was Paid For By — Oh, Never Mind

This midterm cycle, more than half the ads from so-called outside groups are being paid for by secret donors. That means voters will never know who’s paying tens of millions of dollars for those ads.

Posted on 20 October 2014 @ 8:23 am

Will Ebola Impact Midterm Elections?

Weekend Edition Sunday’s new segment, “For the Record,” kicks off with politics and Ebola. NPR’s Rachel Martin asks NPR’s Mara Liasson and Dallas columnist J. Floyd about the politics of the disease.

Posted on 19 October 2014 @ 11:43 am

Political Campaigns From The Ad-Maker’s View

The midterms are just around the corner. NPR’s Rachel Martin kicks off a special series looking behind the scenes at the people who work tirelessly on campaigns. This week: the ad-makers.

Posted on 19 October 2014 @ 11:43 am

A Candidate With Low Poll Numbers, But High Hopes

Dr. Doug Butzier was the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate in Iowa when he died in a small plane crash this week. NPR’s Scott Simon thinks on the hopes even “lost cause” candidates inspire.

Posted on 18 October 2014 @ 12:41 pm

Yahoo - United States

Georgia partisans feud over voter registration

ATLANTA (AP) — Amid a scramble for political supremacy in rapidly changing Georgia, Democrats and Republicans are pointing fingers over the handling of as many 50,000 voter registration forms as the Nov. 4 election looms.

Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 7:18 am

In Louisiana, both sides claim defense of Medicare

In this Oct. 20, 2014, photo, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a campaign event for her senate race in Baton Rouge, La. Behind are her brother, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La. An old political stand-by _ the future of Medicare _ is emerging as the go-to attack in Louisiana’s bitter Senate race as the candidates woo seniors who typically wield strong influence in midterm elections. Landrieu got hundreds of seniors grumbling at a recent forum when she told them her top Republican rival, Rep. Bill Cassidy, wants to turn Medicare into a "voucher system" and has voted to raise the retirement age to make Americans wait longer for benefits. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An old political standby — the future of Medicare — is emerging as the go-to issue in Louisiana's bitter Senate race as the candidates woo seniors who typically wield strong influence in midterm elections.


Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 7:17 am

On visit home, Obama looks backward and forward

Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill., center, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., second from right, watch as President Barack Obama delivers doughnuts and pastries to Democratic campaign volunteers on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Chicago. Obama is in Chicago campaigning for Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)CHICAGO (AP) — A lesson from President Barack Obama's brief trip home, straight out of Shakespeare: What's past is prologue.


Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 7:16 am

The meaning of ‘organic’ hazy for nonfood items

Cleaning products on display at the Whole Foods in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. There’s a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Wander through the grocery store and check out the shelves where some detergents, hand lotions and clothing proclaim organic bona fides. Absent an Agriculture Department seal or certification, there are few ways to tell if those organic claims are bogus. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street.


Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 7:15 am

Hong Kong leader says poor would dominate free vote

A pro-democracy protester sit on a ladder in front of barricades in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong, early on October 21, 2014Hong Kong (AFP) – Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying has said open elections would result in the city's many poor dominating politics, as he ruled out democratic reforms before crucial talks aimed at ending three weeks of protest rallies.


Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 7:11 am

Ebola: Providing time to fight the virus

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2014, file photo, Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks at a news conference in Atlanta. People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies.


Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 7:05 am

India’s Modi moves to reform problem-plagued coal industry

A miner carries a heavy load of wet coal up on wooden slats that brace the sides of a deep coal mine shaft, near Rymbay village, in the Indian northeastern state of Meghalaya, on January 31, 2013New Delhi (AFP) – India's government has pledged to open up the coal mining industry to private players in the energy-starved country as Prime Minister Narendra Modi unleashes promised reforms to revive the ailing economy.


Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 6:05 am

Star Tribune - United States

Georgia Democrats feud with GOP secretary of state over handling of 50,000 would-be voters

Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 7:20 am

In Louisiana Senate race, Medicare returns as reliable issue in race to woo seniors

Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 7:20 am

For Obama, a trip home to Chicago evokes thoughts of easier days, tough challenges ahead

Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 7:20 am

The meaning of ‘organic’ can be fuzzy for personal care items, cleaners and textiles

Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 7:20 am

Ebola: Supportive care gives body time to fight the virus; not the only factor in survival

Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 7:10 am

Democrats in tight races are delighted to see the minimum wage issue on the ballot

Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 5:20 am

Pew study shows dramatic difference in what media conservatives, liberals trust

Posted on 21 October 2014 @ 4:10 am


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