Politics - Nation

GOP seeks to block new NLRB rules through funding

Republicans aren’t letting a presidential veto stop them from trying to block rules that would make it faster for unions to organize.

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 An undated painting of John Jay

Who’s John Jay? Scholars urge new look at forgotten founder

Jay’s admirers argue his achievements extend to virtually every branch of government, on the state, federal and international level.

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Homeland Security shifts deportation focus off those with longtime roots in U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security is targeting illegal immigrants who are criminally convicted, terrorism threats or new border-crossers.

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NASCAR asks fans to keep rebel flags away from tracks

“We are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols,” the tracks and their ownership groups stated Thursday.

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Clinton has raised $45 million since April

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination has reported more than $45 million in donations.

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 Republican presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey gets a kiss from a supporter Tuesday after he formally announced his campaign for the 2016 nomination during a kickoff rally at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J.

Christie announces run, pledging strength and truth

Christie reintroduces himself to a national audience that has seen him fade from favor among Republicans.

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 The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld Arizona congressional districts drawn by an independent commission.

Supreme Court ruling preserves efforts in 13 states to limit partisan influence in redistricting

The argument against independent commissions rests in the Constitution’s Election Clause.

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 Deb Whitewood, left, son Landon, 4, her partner Susan Whitewood, and daughter, Katie, 16, right.

Reactions to gay marriage ruling vary widely; rifts within faith groups continue

Religious leaders who oppose same-sex marriage lamented the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

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 President Barack Obama is greeted as he prepares to deliver the eulogy for South Carolina state Sen. and the Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Rev. Pinckney's funeral service Friday in Charleston, S.C.

Obama delivers passionate discourse on race while eulogizing 9 slain churchgoers

President Barack Obama used his eulogy for a slain pastor to deliver an unvarnished lecture on America’s racial history Friday.

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Ohioans rush to exchange marriage vows

Ohio was one of the states that did not recognize same-sex marriages until Friday’s Supreme Court ruling.

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 Steve Clark, left and Scott Smith who married 7 years ago in Massachusetts., joined about 700 people gathered in Shadyside at Ellsworth and Maryland Avenue early Friday evening for a rally celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court ruling there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Gays still lack full civil rights protection in Pennsylvania

Though same-sex marriage is legal in Pennsylvania, it’s still legal to discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

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 Rainbow-colored lights shine on the White House to celebrate Friday's Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage now a nationwide right

The 5-4 ruling ends a lengthy legal and political journey through courts and legislatures that began more than 30 years ago.

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Iran, Cuba among those in U.S. rights report

Annual report on human rights globally focuses on problems in Iran, Cuba, Russia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, China, Venezuela and Nigeria.

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U.S. says it’s firm on demands to Iran as nuke deadline nears

Obama administration officials insisted Thursday that U.S. negotiators are not abandoning key demands they have made of Tehran.

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 Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announces run for presidency

He has joined the field of more than a dozen Republicans contenders for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

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 People file Wed­nes­day past the open cas­ket of church pas­tor and South Car­o­lina state Sen. Cle­menta Pinck­ney at the State­ House ro­tunda in Co­lum­bia. The Rev. Pinck­ney was one of nine peo­ple killed dur­ing a ra­cially mo­ti­vated at­tack on a church in Char­les­ton, S.C.

As South Carolina grieves, Alabama governor lowers Confederate battle flag

In state after state, the Confederate symbols embraced by the shooting suspect have suddenly come under official disrepute.

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 FILE - In this June 9, 2015 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Republicans are poised to deal a sharp blow to their traditional allies in the business community by allowing the federal Export-Import Bank to go out of business at the end of the month. But it may only be temporary. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Republican-led Congress hands Obama major win on trade

The legislation was long-sought by the president but vehemently opposed by most lawmakers in his party.

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 The South Carolina law that allows the Confederate battle flag to fly on the State House grounds came under intense scrutiny after the June 17 attack on the church.

South Carolina lawmakers to consider taking down Confederate flag

South Carolina’s legislature took the first steps on Tuesday to remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds.

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 The Rev. Traci Blackmon, left, talks Tuesday with Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during a community meeting at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Mo.

Hillary Clinton: Charleston shooting 'an act of racist terrorism'

Hillary Rodham Clinton told a Missouri gathering of black community leaders that the Confederate flag should not fly anywhere in the nation.

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 President Barack Obama plans to announce the new policy today as part of a broader set of guidelines on hostage crises, the result of a lengthy policy review.

Obama revising policy regarding hostage rescues

The Obama administration is relaxing policy restrictions that prevented kin of U.S. hostages from communicating with their captors.

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 South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, center, calls for legislators to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds during a news conference in the South Carolina State House in Columbia, S.C., Monday, June 22, 2015. Those surrounding her as she spoke included state legislators of both parties. (Tim Dominick/The State via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT ALL LOCAL MEDIA OUT, (TV, ONLINE, PRINT)

SC governor: Removing Confederate flag will defy race hatred

Nikki Haley, joined by a bipartisan group of fellow politicians, said the Confederate flag should be removed from the Statehouse grounds.

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Gay marriage, health care among looming rulings for Supreme Court

The nine justices are preparing to issue major rulings on gay marriage and President Barack Obama’s health care law by the end of the month.

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Hillary Clinton calls America’s struggle with racism far from over

The presidential candidate delivered on Saturday her boldest remarks yet on race and gun violence.

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In first batch of released Cheney papers, a peek at a polarizing figure

The documents are limited in scope and contain no major revelations, but they offer a small glimpse into Mr. Cheney’s time in office.

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House GOP leaders will try again today to pass trade bill

House Republicans set vote for today on the president’s fast-track trade promotion authority, hoping to push the legislation through.

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 Speaker of the House John Boehner walks to the House Chamber this morning where members of congress were voting on a package of trade bills in the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

'Fast-track' trade bill clears key hurdle in U.S. House

By a 244-181 vote, the House advanced the controversial legislation, which would bolster chances for a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal.

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 U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, introduced similar legislation during the last Congress, but it never came to a vote.

Murphy’s bill to overhaul mental health system stirs debate

Lawmakers weighed privacy interests against the interest in providing crucial information to caregivers.

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House moves to delay action on trade bill for 6 weeks

President Barack Obama is now working closely with Republican leaders to advance his trade agenda.

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 U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul Donald Trump formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York this morning.

Donald Trump runs for president (this time for real, he says)

The garrulous real estate developer brandished his wealth and fame as chief qualifications in an improbable quest for the Republican

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 Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush kisses his mother, Barbara, while his son George, right, watches as he takes the stage to formally join the race for president with a speech Monday at Miami Dade College in Miami.

Bush launches bid for ’16, takes swipes at rivals

Jeb Bush launched a White House bid months in the making Monday with a promise to stay true to his beliefs.

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 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton winks at a supporter following a rally on Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Clinton: Obama should use trade fight to his advantage

The presidential hopeful pointed to the stumbles over the pact as an opportunity to address Dems’ concerns about job protections and wages.

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Hispanic-majority San Antonio elects first African-American mayor

Ivy Taylor won with an unlikely coalition of the city’s two largest minority voting groups, blacks and generally conservative white voters.

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 Hillary Rodham Clinton greets supporters on Roosevelt Island in New York. Ms. Clinton gave a speech to kick off her 2016 campaign for president on Saturday.

Hillary Clinton, in NYC speech, pledges to close income gap

The former secretary of state appeared to try to win over the Democratic Party’s restless left-wing.

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 Retired Air Force Reserve Maj. Wes Carter, runs the C-123 Veterans Association.

Senators block key VA nominee to get benefits for veterans exposed to Agent Orange

The Senators maneuvered to leverage action on benefits for veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

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Iowa Straw Poll goes down in flames

Iowa Republicans voted Friday to jettison the straw poll, which has been a GOP presidential campaign event since 1979.

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 President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi leave the Gabriel Zimmerman room on Capitol Hill on Friday in Washington, D.C.

House rejects trade bill, rebuffing Obama’s dramatic appeal

House Democrats torpedoed the president’s ambitious push to expand his trade negotiating power.

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House passes defense bill

The Republican-led House Thursday approved the amount of Pentagon spending that President Barack Obama has requested for next year.

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Trade debate to be settled at deadline

Key House votes come today for President Barack Obama’s trade authority.

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 The Homeland Security Department headquarters in northwest Washington.

Hackers may have personnel data on every U.S. employee

The largest federal employees union believes that a recent data breach has compromised the personal information of all federal workers.

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After hearing, Philadelphia judge close to 3rd Circuit confirmation

Lawmakers serve up easy questions for Philadelphia judge seeking Senate confirmation for the Third Circuit

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Supreme Court backs Obama, invalidates Jerusalem passport law

The majority justices said it encroached on the president’s exclusive power to recognize foreign governments.

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Billionaire political foes unite to fight Israel boycotts

Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban hosted a conference of pro-Israel business executives and activists over the weekend in Las Vegas.

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Republicans deride Clinton for voting-law criticism

They lambasted the current front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination as out of touch with states’ rights.

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U.S. should retaliate for hack of worker data, lawmakers say

U.S. officials suspect that the Chinese government was behind the theft of records maintained by the Office of Personnel Management.

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 In this March 5, 2008, file photo, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert speaks to lawmakers on the Illinois House of Representatives floor in Springfield, Ill.

Woman says her brother was sexually abused by Hastert, FBI interviewed her about claims

Jolene Burdge said the abuse happened during the years when the GOP leader was a wrestling coach at a suburban Chicago high school.

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