- Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'
San Francisco Chronicle, Monday - 09/01/2014 - 09:05 AM
A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4. With less than 10 weeks to the elections, Republicans and Democrats who assess this fall's midterm contests say the power of incumbency — the decennial process of reconfiguring congressional maps and hefty fundraising — trumps the sour public mood and antipathy toward gridlocked Washington. "Despite the incredibly low polling, favorable ratings for Congress, it's still an incumbent's world," said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics that tracks political money.  the candidates press ahead, with Republicans laser-focused on gaining the six seats necessary to grab the Senate majority and control Congress for the remainder of Obama's presidency. The parties' campaign committees and their allied outside groups are spending at a rate certain to exceed the $3.6 billion price tag of the 2010 midterm elections. The Democratic Party is employing reminder pledge cards — "1 million votes for 2014" — the number they say decided 65 competitive House races in 2012. Democrats maintain that they had a shot two years ago, but Obama's miserable performance in his first presidential debate sank the party's chances.
- Senator: Obama may be too cautious with militants
San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday - 08/31/2014 - 09:05 AM
The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Feinstein tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that the Defense and State departments have been putting together a response to the threat. The California Democrat says she has seen nothing to compare to the viciousness of the militants who have overrun large portions of Iraq, killed civilians and beheaded American journalist James Foley.
- Special prosecutor probes Pa. Attorney General's Office
New York Daily News, Sunday - 08/31/2014 - 06:47 AM
A special prosecutor is investigating whether the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane leaked confidential grand jury material to a newspaper in a bid to strike back at former prosecutors in the office who had been critical of her, according to several people familiar with the matter.
- 5 things to watch in this fall's Senate races
Associated Press, Saturday - 08/30/2014 - 08:56 AM
The top prize of the November midterm elections is control of the Senate for the final years of President Barack Obama's administration. Republicans need six more seats to take over.
- 50-state look at how Common Core playing out in US
Associated Press, Saturday - 08/30/2014 - 08:36 AM
A state-by-state look at the Common Core standards:
- Feds approve Corbett's Pa. Medicaid expansion proposal
New York Daily News, Friday - 08/29/2014 - 04:47 AM
HARRISBURG - Ending a year-long series of negotiations, the Obama administration on Thursday approved Gov. Corbett's Medicaid expansion alternative proposal to extend health care benefits to as many as 600,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians.
- Obama rules out US military action in Ukraine
Associated Press, Thursday - 08/28/2014 - 04:50 PM
President Barack Obama is ruling out the possibility that the U. S. will take military action to address growing violence in Ukraine.
- Shades of Pigpen: We travel with our own germs
Daily Oklahoman, Thursday - 08/28/2014 - 04:02 PM
Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it's covered in bacteria from your own body.
- Scientists dig into Ebola's deadly DNA for clues
Miami Herald, Thursday - 08/28/2014 - 02:00 PM
A single funeral caused many.
- White House preps legal case for immigration steps
Miami Herald, Thursday - 08/28/2014 - 03:14 AM
With impeachment threats and potential lawsuits looming, President Barack Obama knows whatever executive actions he takes on immigration will face intense opposition. So as a self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act approaches, Obama's lawyers are carefully crafting a legal rationale they believe will withstand scrutiny and survive any court challenges, administration officials say.
- US economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014
Associated Press, Wednesday - 08/27/2014 - 10:01 AM
The Congressional Budget Office says the U. S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent this year - hurt by a poor first-quarter performance.
- GOP leader says Labor Dept. is wasting tax money
San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday - 08/26/2014 - 04:00 PM
GOP Rep. Darrell E. Issa of California, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, says the department "frivolously spends taxpayer money on unnecessary items," including elevator posters changed each week in the 23 passenger elevators at its headquarters.
- Federal prosecutions not easy in police shootings
Associated Press, Tuesday - 08/26/2014 - 01:24 PM
As the Justice Department probes the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, history suggests there's no guarantee of a criminal prosecution, let alone a conviction.