- Social Security resumes mailing benefit statements
Associated Press, Tuesday - 09/16/2014 - 10:42 AM
The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire.
- Video of lawmaker tirade resurfaces in House race
San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday - 09/16/2014 - 02:20 AM
An Illinois state representative showed little restraint when he took to the floor of the state House in 2012 and unleashed a furious rant against Democrats, complete with hollering, paper-throwing and fist-waving.  the footage has resurfaced as he seeks a congressional seat in southern Illinois that has been in Democratic hands for more than two decades but has grown increasingly conservative.
- AP sources: US would hit back against Assad attack
San Francisco Chronicle, Monday - 09/15/2014 - 06:00 PM
Senior Obama administration officials say the United States would retaliate if Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) were to order his forces to go after American planes launching airstrikes against terror targets in Syria. President Barack Obama has authorized U. S. airstrikes inside Syria to go after Islamic State militant targets.
- GOP set to again block Senate Dems on women's pay
San Francisco Chronicle, Monday - 09/15/2014 - 04:15 PM
Senate Democrats are forcing an election-season vote on their drive to pressure companies to pay women the same as men for comparable jobs.
- US creating programs to counter extremists
Associated Press, Monday - 09/15/2014 - 06:07 AM
The Justice Department is launching a series of pilot programs to deal with American extremists intent on joining the fighting in countries like Syria and Iraq.
- Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state
San Francisco Chronicle, Monday - 09/15/2014 - 03:25 AM
Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fall fundraiser south of Des Moines. Though Clinton is the favorite for the 2016 Democratic nomination should she run, she advised the audience and the media on Sunday that her focus was on the November midterm elections. After posing for photographs turning a grill full of red meat at Harkin's farewell "steak fry," Clinton stopped to say hello to the remaining reporters, after many had left.  she dropped hints of a potential 2016 candidacy into her speech to an audience packed with people wearing "Ready" stickers, symbols of the Ready for Hillary political action committee that is laying the groundwork for a potential campaign. Clinton, who dueled Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, joked about wondering whatever happened to that "young senator from Illinois." The comment, a reference to Democratic U.
- Iowa Democrats react to Hillary Rodham Clinton
San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday - 09/14/2014 - 07:52 PM
Iowa Democrats gave a warm welcome Sunday to Hillary Rodham Clinton at retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraiser.  not all party loyalists from the early-voting state were ready to hand her the 2016 presidential nomination just yet. Bill and Hillary Clinton were the keynote speakers at the final Harkin Steak Fry on the hot-air balloon grounds outside Indianola, south of Des Moines. The event served as an emotional commemoration of Harkin's 40 years in Congress and a rallying cry for Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections. Hillary Clinton has not been in Iowa since her 2008 caucus loss to now-President Barack Obama. Harkin dubbed the Clintons the "comeback couple," though he has not said if he would endorse Clinton if she runs, saying he wants her to make her decision first. Ken Acuff, 71, of Pilot Mound, said he supported Joe Biden in 2008 before switching to Obama. Scott Christen, 29, of Des Moines, supported Clinton at the 2008 Iowa caucuses and plans to back her again if she runs. Dick Furinash, 78, of Liberty Center, said he had been a supporter of both Clintons since Bill Clinton's first campaign.
- US outlines goals against Islamic State group
Associated Press, Sunday - 09/14/2014 - 09:00 AM
As the United States works to assemble a coalition against the Islamic State group, the White House is trying to make clear what a successful outcome would be.
- Back to Iowa: Clintons to campaign in caucus state
San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday - 09/14/2014 - 04:35 AM
White House speculation in overdrive, Hillary Rodham Clinton returns to Iowa to pay tribute to the state's retiring Democratic senator as anticipation builds over the possibility of another presidential campaign. Sunday's event is expected to draw more than 5,000 party activists who form the backbone of Iowa's presidential campaigns every four years. Following a summertime book tour, Clinton was making her biggest campaign splash in 2014 so far, opening a fall of fundraising and campaigning for Democrats who are trying to maintain a Senate majority during President Barack Obama's final two years. The event was serving as a farewell for Harkin, a liberal stalwart and former presidential candidate who is retiring after four decades in Congress. Anti-war activists opposed her vote to authorize the Iraq war in 2002 and coalesced around Obama, who had opposed the war as an Illinois state senator. The Clintons were attending a private reception for Harkin at Principal Park, the home of Des Moines' minor league baseball team, before traveling to the hot-air balloon field where the senator has held the fundraiser since the early 1990s.
- Obama: Combatting Islamic State not US fight alone
San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday - 09/13/2014 - 05:52 AM
Obama this week announced a plan to launch airstrikes in Iraq and Syria and to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition fighters. In the Republican address, a candidate for a House seat from Arizona, Andy Tobin, says he's running for Congress because his state is under attack from the federal government.
- Obama's war plan rattles Dem, GOP Senate nominees
San Francisco Chronicle, Friday - 09/12/2014 - 05:35 PM
In a nation weary of war, yet alarmed by the prospect of an emerging threat, President Barack Obama's plan to strike Islamic State militants is ruffling the usual left-right politics in several races that will decide control of the Senate. Republicans who have hammered the president on a variety of issues for months have tamped down their rhetoric and, frequently, are avoiding taking a clear stand on his proposal.
- Nevada lawmakers approve Tesla tax breaks
Associated Press, Friday - 09/12/2014 - 12:18 AM
The Nevada Legislature has approved an unprecedented package of incentives to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state.