Politics - Nation

North Carolina voting law partly blocked as discriminatory

It was a victory for groups challenging similar restrictions in states across the United States.

about 12 hours ago

U.S. targets racial inequality in schools

The Obama administration declared guidelines to ensure that all public schools students have access to equivalent policies and facilities.

about 12 hours ago

U.S. raps Israel on housing proposal for east Jerusalem

The harsh criticism came just hours after President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House.

about 12 hours ago

Supreme Court blocks order to restore Ohio early voting

Supreme Court, on 5-4 ideological split, blocked appeals court ruling that maintained Ohio’s seven days of early voting.

2 days ago

 India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York, during his visit to the United States.

India expats rally to cheer new PM

India’s new prime minister, once shunned by Washington, appeared before an enthusiastic crowd in a famed New York sports arena Sunday.

3 days ago

Obama: Intel missed mark on jihadis

Conversely, the United States overestimated the ability of the Iraqi army to fight the militant groups, President Barack Obama said.

3 days ago

Secret Service gets administration backing

This comes about a week after Omar J. Gonzales, 42, was arrested and charged with unlawful entry into the White House complex.

3 days ago

Both sides await same-sex verdict

The justices meet for the first time Monday to consider a thick pile of pending appeals.

3 days ago

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BuyPartisan app ensures that purchases are politically correct

Scan a product’s bar code with this smartphone app -- and up pops a record of campaign contributions made by the company.

4 days ago

Third-party candidates could affect some closely contested races

Third-party candidates could play an important role in closely-contested races in some states.

4 days ago

 Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the Values Voter Summit on Friday in Washington.

GOP rallying behind religious liberty

Leading Republicans rebuked an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues.

5 days ago

Holder’s resignation leaves loose ends on rights efforts

The first black attorney general could be leaving several things undone as he transitions out.

5 days ago

 In this Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 photo released by the U.S. Air Force, a formation of U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornets leaves after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over northern Iraq as part of U.S. led coalition airstrikes on the Islamic State group and other targets in Syria. U.S.-led airstrikes targeted Syrian oil installations held by the militant Islamic State group overnight and early Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, killing nearly 20 people as the militants released dozens of detainees in their de facto capital, fearing further raids, activists said. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

Airstrikes hit oil sites in Syria

Allied airstrikes aim to knock out Islamic State oil installations in Syria, a key source of revenue for the extremist group.

6 days ago

 White House: Eric Holder to resign as attorney general

Holder's resignation as attorney general brings mixed reaction in area

An attorney general who will be remembered as controversial but who consistently forwarded the administration’s agenda.

6 days ago

US: Immigrant families fail to report to agents

About 70 percent of illegal families caught crossing border fail to report for later hearings, immigration agents say.

6 days ago

Donors paid for access to governors, records show

Secret GOP documents show donations and resulting access to governors.

1 week ago

 President Barack Obama addresses the U.N. Climate Summit on Tuesday.

Obama urges leaders to act on climate ‘while we still can’

Mr. Obama took credit for putting the United States on course to reduce its carbon emissions by 2020.

1 week ago

 Residents inspect damaged buildings in what activists say was a U.S. strike Tuesday in Kfredrian, Idlib province, Syria.

Terror cell in Syria hit by air raid

The president said the joint fight against ISIS is vital to the security of the United States, the Mideast and the world.

1 week ago

Congress tightens rules for hospices

Hospice agencies must subject themselves to government inspections at least once every three years under new legislation OK’d by Congress.

1 week ago

Dems look to elders for impact on vote

Democrats are being spurred by polls showing the party has regained some support lost in the Obama years.

1 week ago

White House focused on financial impact of climate change

Forget the national debt. The new budget threat is climate change.

1 week ago

Freshman lawmaker to host security forum

The forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger is part of efforts to hear European ongoing concerns about U.S. surveillance programs.

2 weeks ago

Federal auto regulators draw lawmakers’ wrath on ignition switch defect

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration had sufficient information to identify the flaw as early as 2007.

2 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett

Corbett, other Republican governors oppose proposed greenhouse gas controls

The standards proposed would cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels and set individual goals for states.

2 weeks ago

 Sen. Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont.

Liberal Bernie Sanders emerges as Democratic contender for presidency

The Vermont senator could pose a challenge from the left to Hillary Clinton, seen as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nod.

2 weeks ago

Wealth gap putting the squeeze on state funds

As income for the affluent has accelerated, it’s barely kept pace with inflation for most other people. That trend can mean a double-whammy.

2 weeks ago

Immigration isn't gaining any midterm traction

The hot-button issue Congress has debated for the last 18 months is increasingly becoming a hot potato.

2 weeks ago

 President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the White House Wednesday night.

Pennsylvania lawmakers react to Obama's speech

Even the harshest administration critics among them, though, said the president is right to intervene.

3 weeks ago

Obama asks Congress to aid training of Syria rebels

Authorizing aid to moderate rebel groups in Syria would result in lawmakers being on record backing his strategy against the Islamic State.

3 weeks ago

Tea Party, lesson learned, plays nice this time

Republican conservatives don’t want the blame for shutting down the federal government again as they tackle a must-pass spending bill.

3 weeks ago

 President Barack Obama addresses the nation Wednesday from the Cross Hall in the White House.

Obama orders Syria airstrikes

President Barack Obama ordered the United States into a broad military campaign to "degrade and ultimately destroy" Islamic State militants.

3 weeks ago

Obama to seek arms for Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama was to outline his plans tonight in a rare prime-time address to the nation.

3 weeks ago

 Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn forms a circle with his fingers Tuesday while asking witnesses about 30mm ammunition during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., about the oversight of military equipment given to state and local police.

Police use of military gear questioned

A Homeland Security aide cited the Boston bombing response as Congress held a hearing to review local police militarization.

3 weeks ago

After spat over spy plane, China tells U.S. to stop snooping

The vice chairman of the Central Military Commission delivered the warning on the last day of Susan Rice’s visit to China.

3 weeks ago

New Englanders vote in primaries

Tuesday was primary day for New York, Delaware, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

3 weeks ago

 From left, Jill Wine-Banks, Benton Becker and Timothy Naftali take part in Duquesne University's "President Ford's Pardon of Richard M. Nixon: A 40-Year Retrospective" panel discussion Monday at Duquesne University.

Duquesne panel revisits Nixon pardon

Panelists at Duquesne University debated whether President Richard Nixon should have been pardoned and the timing of the pardon.

3 weeks ago

Congress' agenda for post-recess session: Bare minimum

Lawmakers want to head home quickly for more politicking ahead of the midterm elections.

3 weeks ago

 Inversions have become more popular in recent months with pharmaceutical companies, including Cecil-based Mylan, announcing plans to reincorporate in the Netherlands.

Debate over tax inversions expected to heat up

Tax inversions and overseas business reincorporations could be a winning political issue come November — for both Democrats and the GOP.

3 weeks ago

Hispanics assail Obama decision to delay action on immigration

Hispanic lawmakers and immigration advocates harshly criticized President Barack Obama's decision to delay executive action.

3 weeks ago

 FILE - In this April 29, 2012 file photo, Megan Lanz, left, combs her 3-year-old daughter, Jordan's hair, as partner Sara Geiger watches before the three leave for a picnic in a park, in Las Vegas. The same-sex marriage debate returns Monday Sept. 8, 2014, to the same San Francisco federal appeals court that has already issued two significant rulings in support of gay weddings. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider separate lawsuits stemming from gay marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. So far, 19 states and Washington D.C. now allow gay marriages even though the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to directly rule on whether states can impose bans. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, file)

Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii gay marriage cases in court

The hearings come as gay marriage supporters have piled up legal victories in federal courts across the country this year.

3 weeks ago

Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell and wife convicted of corruption

Jurors returned guilty verdicts on 11 corruption charges in the first criminal conviction of an ex-governor in the commonwealth’s history.

3 weeks ago

U.S. appeals court to rehear case on health care subsidies

A full-court rehearing on Obamacare subsidies may avoid a Supreme Court showdown.

3 weeks ago

Obama rallies NATO on two fronts

The U.S. and Britain sought commitments to count the Islamic State and bolster their own defense capabilities before the Wales summit ends.

3 weeks ago

Early-voting reductions in Ohio are overturned by federal judge

The judge’s injunction and ordering of more polling days is seen as a setback for Republican Gov. John Kasich.

3 weeks ago

 Attorney General Eric Holder gestures Thursday during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington to announce that the department's civil rights division will launch a broad investigation of the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department.

Feds’ Ferguson police probe targets profiling and force

It’s a separate inquiry from an ongoing federal civil rights investigation into the circumstances of Michael Brown’s death.

3 weeks ago

GOP has slight midterm advantage for Senate control, but outcome remains in doubt

The question is whether 2014 is a ’wave“ election that will prove a bad year for Democrats.

4 weeks ago


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