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  • O'Malley points to financial regulation as a campaign issue

    28 February 2015, 9:09 pm by: BRUCE SMITH

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering entering the Democratic presidential race, said Saturday that financial regulation needs to be at the forefront of the 2016 campaign and suggested big banks need to be broken up…
  • CPAC 2015: See the full straw poll results

    28 February 2015, 4:52 pm by: Washington Times Staff

    Percent Candidate25.7            Sen. Rand Paul21.4            Gov. Scott Walker11.5            Sen. Ted Cruz11.4            Dr. Ben Carson8.3             Former Gov. Jeb Bush4.3  ...
  • CPAC straw poll: Rand Paul wins, Scott Walker surging

    28 February 2015, 4:29 pm by: Stephen Dinan and Seth McLaughlin

    Sen. Rand Paul won The Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll for the third time in a row while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker surged to second place, as they trounced the rest of a strong but crowded field of potential candidates Saturday. Sen.…
  • State senator's aide asked to leave after becoming lobbyist

    28 February 2015, 4:28 pm

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A state senator's aide has been asked to quit after his registration as a lobbyist was revealed as a potential ethics violation. William Richardson had served as aide to Sen. Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls, since the start of the…
  • GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

    28 February 2015, 2:46 pm by: ERICA WERNER

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge. The stunning House defeat Friday of a three-week spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security exposed Speaker…
  • OB-GYN gives up state Medical Society presidential post

    28 February 2015, 2:35 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Hobbs obstetrician and gynecologist who allegedly had sex with patients and left some giving birth unattended is giving up the presidency of the New Mexico Medical Society. The Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1zrwkKn)…
  • Kansas lawmakers pass raft of bills before deadline

    28 February 2015, 12:53 pm by: NICHOLAS CLAYTON

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators have reached the midpoint of their annual session having advanced gun-rights and teacher collective bargaining proposals but having left measures to legalize medical marijuana, expand the Medicaid program and restrict…
  • Report: RI lobbying laws complicated, out-of-date

    28 February 2015, 12:50 pm

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A report by the Rhode Island secretary of state's transition committee recommended raising registration fees for lobbyists and increasing fines for those who fail to register. The Providence Journal reported Saturday…
  • Mark Levin tells CPAC crowd GOP has 'no guts': 'It's time for a new Republican Party'

    28 February 2015, 12:47 pm by: Kellan Howell

    Conservative radio host Mark Levin criticized Congressional Republicans for having "no principles, no strategy and no guts" on immigration. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, Mr. Levin said "It's time for a new…
  • Anti-Israel divestment push gains traction at US colleges

    28 February 2015, 12:39 pm by: RACHEL ZOLL

    NEW YORK (AP) - The lecture hall had filled quickly. Several students arrived wearing keffiyehs, the traditional Palestinian headscarves, while in the front row, a young man sat draped in the Israeli flag. As the meeting opened, a student government officer…
  • Dems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder

    28 February 2015, 11:56 am by: CHARLES BABINGTON

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond. Democrats lacked the votes Friday to force Republicans to fund the…
  • NYC ID program starts off with a bang

    28 February 2015, 11:49 am by: DEEPTI HAJELA

    NEW YORK (AP) - A municipal ID program that city officials thought would draw a few hundred thousand people in its first year has been much more popular than anticipated, with New Yorkers waiting hours in line and months for appointments to register. City…
  • Tulsi Gabbard, rising Dem star committed 'mortal sin' by ripping Obama on Islamic State

    28 February 2015, 11:47 am by: Kellan Howell

    Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a twice-deployed Army veteran, is taking heat from liberals in the media for criticizing President Obama's strategy to defeat Islamic State militants and the administration's refusal to identify radical Islam as the enemy.…
  • No charges for lobbyist who brought gun to Capitol

    28 February 2015, 10:44 am

    ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia state police will not charge a lobbyist who brought a gun to the state Capitol this week, saying he likely did it my mistake. WSB-TV Channel 2 in Atlanta reports (http://bit.ly/1DlNhbA ) that the Georgia State Patrol discovered the…
  • Pelosi lectures GOP on 'legislative process' over DHS bill

    28 February 2015, 9:55 am by: Kellan Howell

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took to the House floor on Friday to lecture Republicans for refusing to accept Senate language in the Department of Homeland Security funding bill. "Do you not understand the legislative process?" Ms. Pelosi asked in a…
  • Cutting federal spending should be Congress's top priority: TWT/CPAC poll

    28 February 2015, 9:19 am by: David Sherfinski

    Conservatives say reducing federal spending should be the Republican-led Congress's top priority this session, beating out confrontations with President Obama over his immigration executive actions, Obamacare, and the Keystone XL pipeline, according to The…
  • Mike Pence at CPAC: Time to 'dramatically increase defense spending'

    28 February 2015, 8:07 am by: Seth McLaughlin

    Capping the the second to last day of the Conservative Political Action Conference, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Friday that it is time to rebuild the nation's military to confront bad actors around the world and to protect the nation. Mr. Pence, a former…
  • NY farmers lobby Congress for immigration reform, food rules

    28 February 2015, 6:11 am

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Farmers in New York state are asking Congress to push for immigration reform and changes to new federal food safety rules. The New York Farm Bureau released its 2015 priorities during a recent trip to Washington to meet with the state's…
  • Captivity may stress polar bears, but Arctic poses problems

    28 February 2015, 3:01 am by: CHRIS POTTER

    PITTSBURGH (AP) - Koda, the 10-year-old male polar bear at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, emerges from a cubbyhole atop the 6,000-square-foot enclosure he shares with 14-year-old Kobe. He steps out to a nearby ledge, his head bobbing and swinging from side…
  • Charter schools' influence on Pennsylvania politics

    28 February 2015, 3:01 am by: DANIEL SIMMONS-RITCHIE

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - It's no secret that Harrisburg is a hive of lobbyists, each representing industries and interests that spend millions to persuade state lawmakers to bend laws in their favor. But perhaps what makes the charter-school lobby unique among…

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