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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

Jindal Joins Democrats in Criticizing Christie Outburst

Little love lost between the two 2016 Republican contenders

Posted on 1 November 2014 @ 1:15 am

Why the U.S. Can’t Beat an Army the Size of a Junior College

A fight against ISIS requires strategy and willpower—and endurance that can outlast Obama’s presidency

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 8:51 pm

Democrats, Republicans Call Off Election Night Parties In DC

Welcome to the era of Citizens United

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 6:27 pm

Early Vote Totals in North Carolina, Iowa Favor Democrats

Early vote totals show Democrats in some key states hitting the polls early at higher rates than Republicans

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 6:01 pm

Washington Votes on Dueling Gun Control Measures 11 Days After Deadly School Shooting

Gun control is a charged topic in any election, but the issue has taken on extra weight in Washington as voters are being asked to decide on two competing firearms measures on the Nov. 4 ballot just 11 days after a school shooting in the rural city of Marysville left three teenagers dead and three…

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 5:54 pm

#AskTIME Subscriber Q and A

Welcome to TIME Subscriber Q&A, with TIME political columnist, Joe Klein. This week he has written about 5 things to watch for in the midterm elections. To read the full post, you need to be a subscriber. It’s not too late to sign up. ($30 a year or 8 cents a day for the magazine…

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 5:16 pm

Think You Can Cheat on the SAT? The College Board Says Think Again

Security measures include air gaps, fake test takers, alarm doors, photo verification and handwriting samples

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 4:56 pm

NPR - United States

In New Hampshire, Two Different Tales Of Scott Brown’s State Jump

The very close U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire could come down to where Republican challenger Scott Brown is from.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 8:33 pm

Obama Tries To Rally Women Voters As Midterms Near

President Obama makes the case for economic policies that would benefit women amid hopes that women will turn out for Democrats on Election Day.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 8:33 pm

For This Colorado Voter, Oil And Gas Debate Plays Out On His Property

Knocking on doors in Colorado, Steve Inskeep asks Antionio Covello about the election. The successful Denver business owner, a conservative, weighs mineral rights, foreign policy and division at home.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 8:57 am

In Swing State Of Colorado, Voter Says She Has To Settle For Choice Of Evils

One of the contests that could decide control of the Senate is in Colorado. Steve Inskeep traveled there to knock on voters’ doors. In this first part, we meet Ili Bennett, a woman hit hard by the Great Recession and hungry for big changes in the country.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 8:57 am

Activists Against Voter Restrictions May Be Hindering Their Own Cause

Those fighting new voting laws are watching the polls closely for evidence that the legislation restricts the right to vote. But these same groups are pushing voter turnout, in some cases to vote the proponents out of office.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 8:57 am

Kennedy: Are We Ready For Big Tobacco-Style Marketing For Marijuana?

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy warns that if marijuana is legalized — there are votes Tuesday in Oregon, Alaska and D.C. — kids will be the ones to take the hit.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 2:27 am

The Devastating History Of Midterm Elections

Over the past century, midterm elections have been pretty rough on the party that holds the White House.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 10:45 pm

Yahoo - United States

Peshmerga bolster Kurd defenders of Syrian town

Kurdish peshmerga fighters wave as they ride towards the Syrian town of Kobane, from the Turkish border town of Suruc on October 31, 2014Kurdish peshmerga forces streamed across the Syrian border from Turkey late Friday to bolster defenders in the key border town of Kobane which is under assault by Islamic State group jihadists. Horns blaring, the trucks carried some 150 Iraqi peshmerga fighters, many of them chanting "Kobane" and waving to jubilant crowds who cheered them across the border where they will join the fight against the jihadists. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group confirmed the Kurdish fighters had entered the embattled frontier town. The peshmerga drove out of a heavily guarded Turkish military warehouse and headed for the border to reinforce Syrian Kurds in the battle for Kobane, an AFP correspondent reported.

Posted on 1 November 2014 @ 4:06 am

Today in History

Today is Saturday, Nov. 1, the 305th day of 2014. There are 60 days left in the year. This is All Saints Day. A reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. local time Sunday. Clocks go back one hour.

Posted on 1 November 2014 @ 4:00 am

Campaigners confident ahead of DC marijuana vote

A "legalize" poster for a referendum about marijuana is placed with mayoral posters in Washington, DC on October 31, 2014Campaigners expressed confidence Friday that residents of the US capital will embrace an initiative to legalize the personal possession and home cultivation of marijuana when it is put to a vote next week. "I'm very confident it's going to pass," said Adam Eidinger, chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign, which is spearheading the initiative. Colorado was the first US state to legalize marijuana, followed by Washington state, in both cases after voter initiatives. Florida voters are being asked to cast their ballots on whether their state should join 23 others that already permit doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to seriously ill patients.

Posted on 1 November 2014 @ 3:22 am

Boko Haram says kidnapped schoolgirls ‘married off’

A screengrab from a Boko Haram video allegedly shows missing schoolgirls being filmed by an unidentified man in an undisclosed location in May 2014Boko Haram has claimed the 219 schoolgirls it kidnapped in Nigeria earlier this year have converted to Islam and been married off, according to a new video obtained by AFP on Friday. The Islamist group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, also denied claims by Nigeria's government that it had agreed to a ceasefire and apparently ruled out future talks. In addition, Shekau said the Islamists were holding a German national, who was kidnapped in Adamawa state in northeast Nigeria in July. The schoolgirls were kidnapped from the remote northeast town of Chibok in Borno state in April, raising global awareness about the group whose five-year insurgency in northern Nigeria has claimed an estimated 13,000 lives.

Posted on 1 November 2014 @ 3:01 am

Burkina power struggle as army group ‘take country in hand’

People loot on October 31, 2014 what is salvageable inside the burnt parliament in Ouagadougou a day after it was stormed by protestersRival army factions were tussling over the future of Burkina Faso on Friday after deposed President Blaise Compaore reportedly fled the capital. Army chief Navere Honore Traore announced he was assuming power after an extraordinary week of violent protest against Compaore's 27-year rule that saw parliament stormed and set ablaze. Speaking before large crowds in the Place de la Nation, site of some of the week's fiercest clashes, Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Yacouba Zida, second in command of the presidential guard, said a "transitional body" would be established to restore constitutional order. The uprising, which has drawn parallels with the Arab Spring, was sparked by plans to change the constitution to allow Compaore to stand once again for elections next year.

Posted on 1 November 2014 @ 2:50 am

China manufacturing growth slows in October: govt

An employee works on assembly line at an auto factory in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province, on Spetember 23, 2014Chinese manufacturing growth slowed in October, the government said on Saturday, as the world's second-largest economy expands at its weakest pace in five years. China's official purchasing managers index (PMI), a measure of activity in the sector, came in at 50.8 last month, Xinhua news agency quoted the National Bureau of Statistics as saying. The figure was lower than the 51.1 recorded in September and compared with the preliminary 50.4 figure in a private survey released by British bank HSBC on October 23. PMI tracks activity in China's factories and workshops and is a closely-watched indicator of the health of the economy.

Posted on 1 November 2014 @ 2:06 am

Ecuador court clears way for unlimited presidential terms

Ecuador's Constitutional Court has given lawmakers the green light to set new rules on term limits that would allow President Rafael Correa to extend his rule beyond 2017Ecuador's Constitutional Court has given lawmakers the green light to set new rules on term limits that would allow President Rafael Correa to extend his rule beyond 2017. Ecuador's constitution, which was adopted by referendum under Correa in 2008, only allows two consecutive terms for public office holders, including the president. In its decision, the Constitutional Court also approved several amendments that had been voted for by parliament.

Posted on 1 November 2014 @ 2:00 am

Star Tribune - United States

Late ads in Wisconsin governor’s race focus on Democrat Burke’s departure from family company

Posted on 1 November 2014 @ 12:28 am

Kansas tax collections $23M short for October as governor’s tight re-election races nears end

Posted on 1 November 2014 @ 12:20 am

Campaigns generate cash for TV stations

Posted on 1 November 2014 @ 12:14 am

Health care fades as campaign issue

Posted on 1 November 2014 @ 12:13 am

Republicans take big lead over Democrats in Colorado’s early voting, but will it last?

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 11:35 pm

Early voters already top 15 million in 31 states; both sides claim boost in battle for Senate

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 10:35 pm

Democrats can’t bank on women’s votes

Once a dependable part of the party’s base, more women shift to GOP.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 12:53 am

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