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  • Federal judge strikes down Florida's gay marriage ban, stays ruling

    21 August 2014, 9:31 pm

    TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A federal judge in north Florida on Thursday struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional, but stayed the ruling, leaving same-sex couples still unable to marry in the state.
  • Calif. bill would pay for lawyers for unaccompanied minor immigrants

    21 August 2014, 8:55 pm

    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California would spend $3 million on lawyers for unaccompanied minors arriving in California from Central America under a proposal announced Thursday by top California Democrats.
  • Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen': Pentagon

    21 August 2014, 8:25 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday.
  • Federal judge strikes down Florida's gay marriage ban, stays ruling

    21 August 2014, 6:59 pm

    TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A federal judge in north Florida on Thursday struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional, but stayed the ruling, leaving same-sex couples still unable to marry in the state.
  • Republican efforts to rein in Washington on pot, guns draw protests

    21 August 2014, 6:24 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Efforts by congressional Republicans to block new laws in Washington, D.C., decriminalizing marijuana possession and tightening restrictions on guns have provoked a summer tempest between residents of the capital and U.S. lawmakers.
  • Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen': Pentagon

    21 August 2014, 5:47 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday.
  • Florida governor vows record education spending in re-election bid

    21 August 2014, 5:09 pm

    TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - Governor Rick Scott, under intense criticism by his main opponent for cuts in school spending, on Thursday promised record spending on education next year if he wins a tough re-election campaign.
  • Republican lawmaker slams SEC over unauthorized leaks to media

    21 August 2014, 5:07 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican lawmaker slammed the Securities and Exchange Commission over leaks of confidential information to media outlets, including Reuters, calling the disclosures "unacceptable."
  • Virginia's ex-governor testifies he has moved out of family home

    21 August 2014, 3:52 pm

    RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell testified on Thursday he was no longer living with his wife, having moved out of his home and into a church about a week before the start of their trial on bribery and corruption charges.
  • U.S. Representative Ryan sees no government shutdown this year: paper

    21 August 2014, 11:52 am

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Paul Ryan expects his Republican Party to avoid a U.S. government shutdown this year, he told a Washington newspaper, saying he thought they would fund federal agencies through the upcoming elections.
  • California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents

    20 August 2014, 10:07 pm

    (Reuters) - Birth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday.
  • Virginia ex-governor takes stand to deny granting favors

    20 August 2014, 7:12 pm

    RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell took the witness stand in his own defense on Wednesday and denied giving any special treatment to the company at the heart of the bribery and corruption charges against him and his wife.
  • Texas Governor Perry enters 'not guilty' plea to felony charges: newspaper

    20 August 2014, 7:01 pm

    AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential race, has entered a not guilty plea to two felony counts of abuse of power, according to a legal document posted on Wednesday by a newspaper.
  • U.S. Supreme Court puts hold on gay marriage in Virginia

    20 August 2014, 6:56 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court stopped gay marriage in Virginia from going ahead on Wednesday, staying an appeals court ruling that had struck down a state ban.
  • U.S. Ex-Im Bank backers pin hopes on temporary reauthorization

    20 August 2014, 6:19 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Business backers of the U.S. Export-Import Bank said on Wednesday they hope the institution's charter will be extended temporarily while Congress hashes out a longer-term reauthorization of the bank, which some lawmakers are bent on…
  • NYC mayor turns to clergy to heal rift over police choke hold

    20 August 2014, 6:16 pm

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio turned to the city's religious leaders on Wednesday to help heal relations between minority communities after a black man on Staten Island died last month after police put him in a choke hold.
  • Republicans see Senate chances bolstered by primary results

    20 August 2014, 3:27 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans counting on an unpopular president and a favorable electoral landscape to help them win control of the U.S. Senate could have another asset this year - stronger candidates who are less likely to say embarrassing things.
  • McCain calls for dramatic increase in U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State

    20 August 2014, 2:55 pm

    EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain called on Wednesday for a dramatic increase in U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and said the attacks should also extend into Syria.
  • California Governor decries Calpers vote on pensions

    20 August 2014, 2:52 pm

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown decried a move by the state's giant public pension fund on Wednesday to include temporary pay hikes in the way pensions are calculated for newly hired workers.
  • Judge reviews congressional maps in Florida gerrymandering case

    20 August 2014, 2:48 pm

    TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida judge held a hearing on Wednesday to review new congressional maps drawn by the legislature in a lawsuit over gerrymandering by Republican leaders, raising the possibility of election delays in some races.
  • Sullivan claims victory in Alaska's U.S. Republican Senate primary

    20 August 2014, 6:54 am

    JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Mainstream Republican Dan Sullivan claimed victory early on Wednesday in Alaska's three-way primary race ahead of a November election seen as critical to the party's bid to regain control of the U.S. Senate.
  • Boehner's troubles with House conservatives may only get worse

    20 August 2014, 1:10 am

    FOND DU LAC Wis. (Reuters) - Glenn Grothman is a fiery conservative who wants to slash welfare programs and crack down on illegal immigrants who he says will "destroy" America.
  • Republicans tussle in Alaska primary for U.S. Senate bid

    20 August 2014, 12:49 am

    JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Voting ended on Tuesday in a primary election in Alaska that has three Republicans, including a Tea Party candidate, vying for the chance to face a Democratic incumbent in a race seen as critical to their party's bid to regain control…
  • Indicted Texas Governor Perry has fingerprints, mug shot taken

    19 August 2014, 11:54 pm

    AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken by judicial authorities on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing…
  • Judge blocks Louisiana governor's move to scrap Common Core tests

    19 August 2014, 9:58 pm

    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - In a blow to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's move to withdraw his state from Common Core education standards, a state judge on Tuesday blocked Jindal's plan to scrap a key set of standardized tests due to be introduced in the coming…

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