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  • CURL: Shelly O — The first lady comes in last

    20 April 2014, 7:33 pm by: Joseph Curl

    ANALYSIS/OPINION: First ladies, almost from the beginning, have taken up lofty causes when they move into the White House. Dolley Madison concerned herself with the plight of orphans. Ellen Wilson, shocked by the squalid streets of Washington, took up urban…
  • Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to run in Boston Marathon to honor bombing victims

    20 April 2014, 7:27 pm by: Jacqueline Klimas

    Months of 3 a.m. wake-up calls and fitting in about 30 miles of running a week with her busy schedule of congressional votes, constituent meetings and fundraisers have led Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to Boston, where she hopes to complete her 10th marathon Monday in…
  • Building a D.C. memorial for an endless war is bumps into regulations

    20 April 2014, 7:26 pm by: Jacqueline Klimas

    Veterans of the war on terrorism say they deserve a monument in downtown Washington to recognize their sacrifices, but they are hindered by a rule that says a conflict must be long finished in order to build a memorial, leading some to wonder how to…
  • No rush: Bob Goodlatte waits for heads to cool on heated legislation

    20 April 2014, 7:22 pm by: Kelly Riddell

    The Senate, supposedly Capitol Hill's more deliberative body, could take a lesson from Bob Goodlatte. Instead of racing bills out of committee and onto the floor for a vote, the Virginia Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee argues that he…
  • Advocates make push to legalize marijuana in NJ

    20 April 2014, 5:38 pm by: BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Dozens of activists and community members have gathered at the steps of the New Jersey Statehouse to show their support for legalizing marijuana. Sunday's rally was among many held nationwide to mark the traditional pot holiday of April…
  • Red-state Democrats blast latest Keystone delay

    20 April 2014, 5:15 pm by: Stephen Dinan

    The Obama administration's latest Keystone pipeline delay had barely been announced late last week when red-state Democrats began to howl, calling the move everything from ridiculous to irresponsible and vowing to explore ways to force President Obama's hand.…
  • Indicted ex-Martinez aide wants racino evidence

    20 April 2014, 4:48 pm

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A former campaign manager for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez accused of hijacking her campaign's email system and lying about it is seeking information tied to a state contract for the Downs at Albuquerque, the Santa Fe New Mexican…
  • Obama to tour site of Washington mudslide

    20 April 2014, 4:16 pm by: Ben Wolfgang

    President Obama on Tuesday will tour the site of a deadly mudslide in Oso, Wash., the White House announced Sunday.During his trip, the president also will meet with the families of those killed, along with first responders and recovery workers.Last week, the…
  • Charlotte weighs immigrant-friendly city policies

    20 April 2014, 3:41 pm

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's biggest city is looking at ways to boost growth by attracting new immigrants to the United States, a move some complain would include welcoming people living in the country illegally. The Charlotte City Council created…
  • Turner case tests bounds of 'citizen legislature'

    20 April 2014, 3:09 pm by: TOM LoBIANCO

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - When a legislative ethics panel meets this week to review the case of House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner, members could have trouble finding clear-cut answers, in large part because of the Indiana General Assembly's status as a "citizen…
  • N.C. governor's coal ash announcement miffs GOP lawmakers

    20 April 2014, 3:03 pm

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina lawmakers say they were surprised and miffed by fellow Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's announcement that he's seeking legislation to beef up government oversight of coal ash dumps. State Sen. Tom Apodaca and Rep.…
  • Senate OKs longer sentences for gang-related crime

    20 April 2014, 2:59 pm

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Senate has passed a bill stiffening punishments for gang-related crimes. The legislation would add a term of up to 10 years for felonies committed in association with any criminal street gang. The time would be in…
  • US Sen. Durbin says he's taking Oberweis seriously

    20 April 2014, 1:25 pm by: SARA BURNETT

    CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he's taking his opponent in the November election more seriously than any challenger since he first was elected to the Senate nearly two decades ago. Durbin's rival, dairy magnate and GOP state Sen. Jim Oberweis, is…
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Vulnerable Democrats must 'run their own race'

    20 April 2014, 1:15 pm by: Valerie Richardson

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat, brushed off concerns Sunday over vulnerable Senate Democrats running against the Obama administration, saying that they “have to run their own race.” “What's the case is that each of these candidates have…
  • NYT's David Brooks: Obama has 'manhood problem' in Middle East

    20 April 2014, 12:47 pm by: Jessica Chasmar

    New York Times columnist David Brooks said Sunday that he believes President Obama's foreign policy isn't "tough enough" and that he has a "manhood problem" when it comes to dealing with leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President…
  • Ted Cruz thanks Obama for denying visas to terrorists

    20 April 2014, 12:11 pm by: Jessica Chasmar

    Sen. Ted Cruz wrote President Obama a thank you letter in this week's Politico magazine for the president's support behind S. 2195, which gives him the authority to deny visas to United Nations ambassadors who are known terrorists. The Texas Republican was…
  • New law prevents expansion of Medicaid in Kansas

    20 April 2014, 12:09 pm

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is not going to expand its Medicaid program anytime soon in line with the federal health care overhaul, but advocates aren't giving up on the idea, despite a new law indefinitely blocking an expansion. The Wichita Eagle reports…
  • Democrat's retirement opens door for GOP in NC 7th

    20 April 2014, 11:34 am by: MICHAEL BIESECKER

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Two years ago, Republican David Rouzer lost to Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre by just 654 votes - a razor-thin margin of 0.2 percent among the nearly 337,000 ballots cast. With McIntyre announcing his retirement after nine terms…
  • Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects

    20 April 2014, 10:39 am by: Paul J. Weber

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time. But with eight…
  • Obamas head to church on Easter morning

    20 April 2014, 10:27 am by: Ben Wolfgang

    After skipping church on Christmas, President Obama and his family attended Easter morning services at Washington's 19th Street Baptist Church on Sunday. The president, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, left the White House just…

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