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  • Abortion gaffes of Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock resurface in campaign ads

    19 October 2014, 9:50 pm by: Cheryl Wetzstein

    Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock are not on any ballot this year, but the failed 2012 Republican Senate hopefuls — and their troubles with the abortion issue — already have made at least one appearance in a 2014 campaign ad. While not a central part of the…
  • Obama will bypass Congress on Iran sanctions if nuclear deal is reached

    19 October 2014, 9:42 pm by: Victor Morton

    In another example of the White House bypassing Congress to avoid a vote it would lose, the Obama administration will not to seek congressional approval to suspend sanctions against Iran if a deal on the Islamic republic's nuclear program can be reached, The…
  • Ga. gov candidates talk ethics during 2nd debate

    19 October 2014, 9:23 pm by: KATHLEEN FOODY

    ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal questioned whether Democrat Jason Carter's leadership and faulted his legislative record, while Carter attacked the incumbent over a high unemployment rate and accused him of an ethics scandal. The sharpest exchange during the…
  • Clinton seeks to boost Democrats in Arkansas

    19 October 2014, 9:19 pm by: KELLY P. KISSEL

    PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton swept through a second Arkansas campaign swing in as many weeks Sunday, hoping to keep Democrats in power at home and in the U.S. Senate. Clinton returned to Pine Bluff, seeking the same political successes…
  • Expelled Nazis paid millions in Social Security

    19 October 2014, 9:16 pm by: DAVID RISING, RANDY HERSCHAFT and RICHARD LARDNER

    OSIJEK, Croatia — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream. His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived. By the late 1980s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a…
  • Sam Brownback, Pat Roberts struggling in Kansas

    19 October 2014, 8:49 pm by: Jacqueline Klimas

    Deep-red Kansas should have been an easy hold for Republicans this year, but some big-name GOP officeholders face tough re-election bids that analysts say signal more about the candidates' troubles than about dissatisfaction with their party as a whole. Sam…
  • Illegal immigrant child service contractors governed by strict rules

    19 October 2014, 8:45 pm by: Stephen Dinan

    Want to bid for a contract to care for the illegal immigrant children coming across the border? Make sure your staff members get Hepatitis vaccines and regular TB tests and can speak foreign languages — probably Spanish but maybe Mandarin, suggesting a…
  • John Foust, Barbara Comstock locked in contentious House race

    19 October 2014, 8:35 pm by: David Sherfinski

    The two candidates to replace retiring Rep. Frank R. Wolf in Virginia's 10th District are readying their closing pitch to voters in one of the most expensive House races in the country. Republican Barbara Comstock and Democrat John Foust have been locked in a…
  • Inside the Beltway: Ebola: Americans agree with Republicans this time

    19 October 2014, 8:29 pm by: Jennifer Harper

    Much of the nation is in agreement with the GOP's call for temporary travel restrictions and stricter entry regulations when it comes to West African nations now burdened with Ebola and its management. Why, it seems like just yesterday that Republicans were…
  • Martin O'Malley faces steep climb to 2016 presidential bid

    19 October 2014, 8:27 pm by: Ben Wolfgang

    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has steadily climbed the political ladder over the past 15 years, but the next rung presents a seemingly insurmountable challenge as he likely positions himself as a liberal alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic…
  • JOSEPH CURL: Obama delays entire agenda until after midterm elections

    19 October 2014, 8:21 pm by: Joseph Curl

    ANALYSIS/OPINION: President Obama has a novel strategy for Campaign 2014: He'll tell you what he plans to do — after the election. Sure, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had employed the strategy during the 2009 debate over Obamacare — "We have to pass the bill…
  • Pennsylvania lawmaker who fired on mugger has admirers, critics

    19 October 2014, 7:50 pm by: Dave Boyer

    The Pennsylvania state representative who fended off a mugging by pulling out his own gun is drawing mixed reactions, with some people praising him as a folk hero and others demanding to know why he didn't dial 9-1-1 instead. Rep. Marty Flynn, a Democrat from…
  • New report criticizes Iowa stun gun policies

    19 October 2014, 6:49 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Law enforcement policies on the use of stun guns vary greatly across Iowa's 99 counties, and civil rights experts who recently reviewed the policies say many of them are inadequate. The Des Moines Register obtained a new report…
  • Obama to Maryland voters: Get your 'cousin Pookie' off the couch and to the polls

    19 October 2014, 6:46 pm by: Ben Wolfgang

    President Obama urged Maryland voters Sunday to get their "cousin Pookie" and other family members off the couch and to the polls on Nov. 4 to elect Anthony Brown as the state's next governor. Mr. Obama stumped for Mr. Brown, the state's sitting lieutenant…
  • Report: Providence police corrupt under Cianci

    19 October 2014, 6:26 pm

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The promotions process at the city's police department was corrupted by "cheating, collusion and political influence" when Buddy Cianci was mayor, according to a newly disclosed 2004 investigation report by police. The report by city…
  • Republicans say Ebola czar should have been real doctor, not spin doctor

    19 October 2014, 5:29 pm by: Valerie Richardson

    Republicans vented their frustration Sunday with the White House's newly appointed Ebola czar, accusing President Obama of naming a spin doctor instead of a real doctor. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, said that Ron Klain, who was named Friday as…
  • Texas GOP closing in on another Election Day sweep

    19 October 2014, 4:11 pm by: PAUL J. WEBER

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The biggest shake up of Texas politics in decades is two weeks away. As early voting begins Monday, little has changed since campaigns launched a year ago: Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott is still favored to become the next…
  • Paper: Files allege misconduct within state guard

    19 October 2014, 3:30 pm

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Investigative files show years of alleged sexual and other misconduct among officers within the Alaska Army National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Battalion. The files, leaked to the Alaska Dispatch News, were prepared between 2010…
  • Measure 87 would let Oregon judges teach for pay

    19 October 2014, 3:17 pm

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Voters in Oregon are being asked this November to allow state judges to teach for pay at public colleges or serve part-time in the Oregon National Guard. The state constitution generally prohibits people from paid service in more than one…
  • Report: 34,500 on NY's mental health no-gun list

    19 October 2014, 2:49 pm

    NEW YORK (AP) - Some 34,500 people are now listed as too mentally unstable to have guns in New York state under a less than 2-year-old law that is one of the nation's toughest concerning mental health and firearms, a news report Sunday found. Fewer than 300…

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