- Lawmakers face long to-do list, uncertain success
Associated Press, Tuesday - 07/22/2014 - 03:43 AM
A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see whether it can just do the basics.
- Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio
Associated Press, Tuesday - 07/22/2014 - 01:37 AM
For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the once-dominant bloc.
- Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA
Associated Press, Monday - 07/21/2014 - 04:28 PM
A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from clinical work after complaining that on-call doctors were refusing to go to a VA hospital in Wilkes-Barre.
- Senate race zeroes in on metro Atlanta, north Ga.
Associated Press, Sunday - 07/20/2014 - 12:43 PM
Neither Republican running in Georgia's closely watched Senate race has a natural advantage in metro Atlanta, where the state's most populous area and a ring of northern exurbs are serving as the key battleground ahead of Tuesday's runoff.
- Obama: US must retrain workers who lose jobs
Miami Herald, Saturday - 07/19/2014 - 06:08 AM
President Barack Obama says all American workers deserve to know that if they lose their jobs, their country will help them train for a better one.
- Johnson calls Christie 'a buddy' despite video
Miami Herald, Saturday - 07/19/2014 - 03:13 AM
Dwayne Johnson says he considers New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "a buddy" despite making Christie take down an online video that featured the Hollywood star.
- Obama to sign orders protecting gay employees
San Francisco Chronicle, Friday - 07/18/2014 - 03:35 PM
President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption for religious organizations. Obama's action comes on the heels of the U. S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in the Hobby Lobby case that allowed some religiously oriented businesses to opt out of the federal health care law's requirement for contraception coverage.
- Clinton: Will have 'specific agenda' if she runs
San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday - 07/17/2014 - 07:40 PM
The former secretary of state says in an interview with PBS' Charlie Rose that her final decision will be "wholly personal," and she does not want to decide until after she becomes a grandmother later this year. Clinton leads Democratic presidential primary polls by wide margins but has not yet decided whether to run for president again.
- Dems target women with bills on contraception, pay
San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday - 07/17/2014 - 03:15 AM
Democrats and Republicans are fervently pursuing a batch of doomed bills in Congress because they target a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections: female voters. GOP leaders defended themselves in speeches, press releases, newspaper op-eds and news conferences.
- Gay candidate faces criticism from opposing camps
Associated Press, Tuesday - 07/15/2014 - 02:10 PM
Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but he's the only one who has managed to make political adversaries of both social conservative and gay rights organizations.
- House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes
San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday - 07/15/2014 - 01:52 PM
The House has voted to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet. Under current law, the moratorium expires Nov. 1, exposing Internet users to the same kind of connection fees that often show up on telephone bills.
- House to take up highway bill as deadline looms
San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday - 07/15/2014 - 03:15 AM
The bill by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp cobbles together $10.8 billion in pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent through May 2015.
- As 2016 looms, Christie skirts hot-button issues
Associated Press, Monday - 07/14/2014 - 01:31 PM
When it comes to divisive national issues, the usually blustery Chris Christie has been quiet.