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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

Report: Obama Broadens Mission in Afghanistan

(WASHINGTON) — U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say. The armed forces were to limit their operations in Afghanistan to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, until Obama broadened the guidelines in recent weeks. The…

Posted on 23 November 2014 @ 9:55 pm

The Long, Hard Slog Continues

After 13 years, there is no “pause” button in the war on terror

Posted on 23 November 2014 @ 9:22 pm

Washington D.C. Mourns Its ‘Mayor for Life’

Marion Barry died Sunday at age 78

Posted on 23 November 2014 @ 9:13 pm

Obama: Voters Want ‘New Car Smell’ in 2016

The President said he himself has gotten a few ‘dings’ while serving two terms

Posted on 23 November 2014 @ 3:11 pm

Former DC Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78

(WASHINGTON) — Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council. Instead, Barry will be remembered for a…

Posted on 23 November 2014 @ 1:40 pm

President Obama Distorts ‘Amnesty’ to Sell His Executive Actions

When Presidents abuse words, the nation should notice

Posted on 22 November 2014 @ 3:02 pm

House Intel Panel Debunks Many Benghazi Theories

(WASHINGTON) — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees. Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation…

Posted on 21 November 2014 @ 11:00 pm

NPR - United States

Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

The White House is reviewing how it handles hostage crises following the brutal murders of Americans abroad, but families of hostages say they’re often left out of the conversation.

Posted on 23 November 2014 @ 5:01 pm

Immigrants Scramble To Figure Their Status Under Obama’s Plan

After President Obama announced his immigration plan this week, communities across the country began making preparations for immigrants who are here illegally to apply for work permits.

Posted on 23 November 2014 @ 12:14 pm

As Gay Marriages Rise, Now Comes The Case For Same-Sex Divorce

Many couples have traveled to states where gay marriage is recognized to get hitched. Those who do have a much harder time getting divorced once they get back home.

Posted on 23 November 2014 @ 10:49 am

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies

The fiery Washington, D.C., politician who was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, has died after months of battling a number of health issues. He was 78.

Posted on 23 November 2014 @ 7:59 am

Some In Las Vegas Not Sold On Obama’s Immigration Pitch

President Obama made his sales pitch for why five million people should be protected from deportation, Friday. But many in Las Vegas, where Obama defended the executive action, aren’t happy about the changes.

Posted on 22 November 2014 @ 10:20 pm

Obama’s Step-Grandmother Continues Educating Young Kenyans

Sarah Obama, 94, received an award from the United Nations on Wednesday, and hopes to raise money during the trip to build a school and hospital in her home village.

Posted on 22 November 2014 @ 12:51 pm

House Panel Finds ‘No Intelligence Failure’ Before Benghazi Attack

The final report by the House Intelligence Committee concludes the CIA “ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi and … bravely assisted the State Department” on Sept. 11, 2012.

Posted on 21 November 2014 @ 11:52 pm

Yahoo - United States

US police shoot dead boy, 12, holding toy gun

Police in the US city of Cleveland shot and killed a 12-year-old African American boy waving around what turned out to be a toy gun at a playgroundPolice in the US city of Cleveland shot and killed a 12-year-old African American boy waving around what turned out to be a toy gun at a playground, officials and reports said Sunday. The shooting in Ohio comes amid high racial tensions in the United States, with a grand jury set to announce whether a white policeman will be indicted for the fatal shooting in August of an unarmed black teenager in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson in Missouri. Ohio was also the scene of another fatal shooting in August, when police responding to a 911 call shot and killed a black man, John Crawford, in a Walmart store while he was carrying a toy gun sold there. The boy, identified by the county medical examiner's office as Tamir Rice, died early Sunday, local newspaper The Plain Dealer reported.


Posted on 24 November 2014 @ 5:58 am

Today in History

Today is Monday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2014. There are 37 days left in the year.

Posted on 24 November 2014 @ 5:00 am

Protesters demand indictment of policeman in Ferguson shooting

Demonstrators take to the streets in St. Louis, Missouri on November 23, 2014, stepping up pressure on a grand jury to indict a white police officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teenagerMore than 100 protesters marched through St Louis, stepping up pressure on a grand jury to indict a white police officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old high school graduate planning to go to technical college, was shot at least six times by Darren Wilson in the suburb of Ferguson on August 9, inflaming racial tensions. Sunday's demonstration in the Shaw neighborhood of St Louis was the largest of five consecutive nights of protests as the city braces for a decision expected by the end of the month from a grand jury on whether Wilson should be prosecuted. "I would like to see an indictment because I think it actually helps the community for this person to go to trial," said theology PhD student Alex Giltner, 31.


Posted on 24 November 2014 @ 5:00 am

Police chief claims ’4 or 5′ terror plots foiled

Police warned that the threat posed by extremists has "evolved" and that they are now home grownLondon (AFP) – Police have foiled four or five suspected terror plots this year, the country's most senior police officer said ahead of a week-long campaign to enlist the public's help in countering the threat.


Posted on 24 November 2014 @ 2:43 am

UK police chief claims ’4 or 5′ terror plots foiled

Police warned that the threat posed by extremists has "evolved" and that they are now home grownLondon (AFP) – British police have foiled four or five suspected terror plots this year, the country's most senior police officer said ahead of a week-long campaign to enlist the public's help in countering the threat.


Posted on 24 November 2014 @ 2:42 am

Marion Barry: A wily survivor leaves the stage

There is no middle ground in judging four-time Washington mayor Marion Barry, who died Sunday at the age of 78. For many whites, Barry was a politician addicted to alcohol, drugs and power. Meanwhile, most African-Americans in D.C. enshrined him as a strong leader who shared their struggles and overcame the odds; regardless of his personal failings, they embraced him as their own. Yet he failed to improve the lives of the poor Washingtonians who revered him.

Posted on 24 November 2014 @ 2:13 am

Veteran journalist, educator Michael Shanahan dies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Shanahan, a veteran Washington political reporter for The Associated Press and Newhouse Newspapers who used that experience to teach new generations of students at George Washington University about the business he loved, died Saturday.

Posted on 24 November 2014 @ 12:52 am

Star Tribune - United States

Former DC mayor Marion Barry, who staged comeback after 1990 crack cocaine arrest, dead at 78

Posted on 24 November 2014 @ 3:26 am

Net neutrality advocates feeling momentum

Push to keep the Internet regulated as a utility intensifies as ruling nears.

Posted on 24 November 2014 @ 2:07 am

Veteran journalist, George Washington University educator Michael Shanahan dies

Posted on 24 November 2014 @ 12:55 am

Admiral who was fired as No. 2 nuke commander denies role in counterfeiting casino chips

Posted on 23 November 2014 @ 9:26 pm

Dept. of Veterans Affairs terminates agreement for wind turbine at St. Cloud VA

Posted on 23 November 2014 @ 6:40 pm

Obama expresses sadness over death of former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry

Posted on 23 November 2014 @ 5:20 pm

Fort Drum now powered by wood as part of military-wide goal of boosting renewable energy

Posted on 23 November 2014 @ 5:15 pm


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