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  • Democratic VP candidate calls voting a 'sacred act'

    August 11, 2016 1:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine says voting is a "sacred act." Kaine is in New Orleans addressing the Progressive National Baptist Convention, a group of African-American Baptist churches born out of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Kaine spoke extensively about his religious... more »
  • Debate commission: Democrats didn't rig debate schedule

    July 31, 2016 3:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - The NFL and the Commission on Presidential Debates are rejecting Republican Donald Trump's claim that Democrats rigged the debate schedule so that two of the three debates would occur during football games. In a statement released Sunday, the commission said it started working more than 18 months ago... more »
  • Trump again criticizes fallen veteran's father

    July 31, 2016 3:21 PM

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Donald Trump sparked bipartisan backlash after the Republican attacked the bereaved parents of a Muslim U.S. Army captain who spoke at the Democratic convention last week. Critics from both parties on Saturday questioned whether Trump had the empathy and understanding to be president, particularly after he questioned... more »
  • Under fire, Dem chair Wasserman Schultz to leave

    July 24, 2016 4:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she is stepping down as Democratic Party chairwoman at the end of this week's convention. The Florida congresswoman has been under fire following the publication of hacked emails suggesting the Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton in the presidential primaries. That prompted runner-up Bernie... more »
  • Clinton chooses Tim Kaine as running mate

    July 22, 2016 11:15 AM

    CLEVELAND - Hillary Clinton has chosen Virginia Senator Tim Kaine for her november running mate, according to CNN. Kaine, 58, has been a favorite for the vice presidential slot since the start of Clinton's search process. He has been active in the Senate on foreign relations and military affairs... more »
  • Mayor Kip Holden qualifies for US House race

    July 20, 2016 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The mayor of Baton Rouge, whose city is embroiled in the aftermath of shootings and protests, has signed up to run for a congressional seat. Kip Holden, a Democrat who is term-limited as mayor, qualified Wednesday for the 2nd District race, challenging Democratic incumbent Cedric Richmond. The... more »
  • 8 years after hope and change, voters are angry, anxious

    July 16, 2016 3:07 PM

    ARVADA, Colorado - Eight years ago, Barbara Conley was one of the millions of Americans swept up in Barack Obama's promises of hope and change when he accepted the Democratic nomination at a packed stadium a few miles from her home in the Denver suburbs. But those optimistic days are... more »
  • Trump to announce VP pick Friday morning in NYC

    July 13, 2016 10:17 PM

    WASHINGTON- Donald Trump says he will announce his choice for running mate at 11 a.m. Friday in Manhattan. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee posted the news on Twitter Wednesday night, adding, "Details to follow." Trump, his adult children and key staffers have been meeting with vice presidential prospects all week.... more »
  • Obama campaign machine revving up to elect Clinton

    July 3, 2016 3:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - The vaunted data-driven machine that twice got President Barack Obama elected is revving up to help elect Hillary Clinton, as Democrats look to recreate the tactical advantage they used against Republicans in 2008 and 2012. With Obama's popularity rebounding, Democrats have been eagerly awaiting the president's return to... more »
  • Trump statements, slow start put pivotal Southwest at risk

    July 3, 2016 3:14 PM

    DENVER - Once a swing state in presidential elections, Colorado has teetered on the brink of becoming solidly Democratic. Donald Trump may have pushed it over the edge. Trump's disparaging words about Mexicans, negative comments about women and weak campaign organization have punctuated the state's shift from a nip-and-tuck battleground... more »
  • Sanders worries Trump is benefiting politically from Brexit

    June 29, 2016 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - Sen. Bernie Sanders is arguing that "the global economy is not working for the majority of people in our country and the world." Sanders, who hasn't yet abandoned his presidential campaign, writes in a New York Times op-ed Wednesday that Republican Donald Trump "could benefit from the same... more »
  • Attorney general: Silent on Clinton email case with Obama

    June 19, 2016 3:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server hasn't been compromised by President Barack Obama's endorsement of Clinton in the 2016 White House race. Lynch tells "Fox News Sunday" that she's never spoken with Obama about the investigation and she doesn't see... more »
  • Lawsuits may offer fodder for Trump, Clinton attack ads

    June 17, 2016 11:19 AM

    SAN DIEGO - The presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both trying to prevent the public release of videos that are critical to legal cases involving the candidates. Trump's lawyers are intensifying efforts to stop the release of video of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee testifying under... more »
  • Clinton, Sanders meet in D.C.

    June 14, 2016 10:33 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The hotel summit between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is over. The Vermont senator left a Washington, D.C., hotel on Tuesday night after a meeting of about 90 minutes with the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. There was no sign of Clinton, who earlier won the city's presidential... more »
  • Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump: 'Delete your account'

    June 9, 2016 4:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton is hitting another campaign milestone: Most retweeted tweet. "Delete your account," her campaign wrote, in response to a message from Donald Trump mocking President Barack Obama's endorsement of the presumptive Democratic nominee on Thursday. Delete your account. https://t.co/Oa92sncRQY — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 9,... more »
  • Obama calls on Democrats to unify behind Clinton

    June 9, 2016 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is announcing his formal endorsement of Hillary Clinton. In an online video, Obama calls on Democrats to unify behind his former secretary of state's bid and "build on the progress" of his eight terms in the White House. "I want you to be the first... more »
  • Clinton wins Democratic primary in Puerto Rico

    June 5, 2016 9:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton has overwhelmed Bernie Sanders in Puerto Rico's Democratic primary, putting her within striking distance of having enough delegates to capture the Democratic presidential nomination. While Puerto Ricans don't cast ballots in the November election, their voice could be decisive. After a blowout victory Saturday in the... more »
  • Clinton: Sanders has every right to finish campaign

    May 22, 2016 5:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton says persistent rival Bernie Sanders "has every right to finish off his campaign however he chooses." But she says she wants to focus on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump because his is not "a normal candidacy." Clinton noted in an interview on NBC's... more »
  • Sanders picks up another win; still a long shot

    May 10, 2016 11:29 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Republican-side of the Presidential Race is all but decided with Donald Trump the presumptive nominee. Nonetheless, he picked up victories Tuesday night in both West Virginia and Nebraska. The race is tighter on the Democratic-side. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) remains a long-shot to win the... more »
  • For Obama's legacy, a few bright spots with Trump as nominee

    May 8, 2016 2:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - There's no cheering at the White House for Donald Trump. Yet for President Barack Obama, things could be worse. Trump's ascent as the presumptive Republican nominee makes some of Obama's main achievements more likely to survive after the next president takes over. Trump's policy prescriptions are full of... more »
  • Democratic advertising blitz awaits GOP's Trump

    May 6, 2016 1:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's likely Democratic opponent and her allies are laying their traps for him. Priorities USA is the lead super PAC backing Hillary Clinton. The group has already reserved $91 million in television advertising that will start next month and continue through Election Day. An Associated Press review... more »
  • Sanders prevails in Democratic caucus in Wyoming

    April 9, 2016 4:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - Put Wyoming in the victory column for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Sanders won the state's caucuses over Hillary Clinton, but the win isn't likely to help him make up much ground against in the delegate race that will decide nomination. Wyoming awards just 14 delegates overall, and... more »
  • Poll: Improved economic outlook boosts approval for Obama

    April 9, 2016 3:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's approval rating is on the rise - thanks to an improving economic outlook and strong backing from young people. An Associated Press-Gfk poll shows that half of those questioned say they approve of the job Obama is doing. That's the highest approval rating since 2013.... more »
  • Reluctantly, Obama embracing his role as the anti-Trump

    April 6, 2016 12:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - He won't be on November's ballot, but President Barack Obama is slowly embracing his role as the anti-Trump. Obama is taking on the Republican front-runner in ways that no other Democrat can. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are still fighting it out in the Democratic primary. So Obama... more »
  • Cruz, Sanders win Wisconsin

    April 6, 2016 3:32 AM

    NEW YORK- Republican Donald Trump is emerging from Wisconsin as a damaged front-runner following a crushing loss to rival Ted Cruz. It's a significant setback that deepens questions about the businessman's White House qualifications and pushes the GOP contest toward a rare contested convention fight. After months of dominating... more »
  • Clinton, Sanders had opposing views on biomedical research

    April 2, 2016 5:36 PM

    NEW YORK - Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were on opposing sides of certain types of biomedical research while they served in Congress. These differences have gained notice by scientists and advocates on the forefront of stem cell research. Clinton has pointed to her advocacy for groundbreaking... more »
  • Edwards tells Democrats he's supporting Campbell for Senate

    April 2, 2016 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has told state Democratic Party leaders he's backing Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell in the U.S. Senate race. The governor's endorsement of the utility regulator from Bossier Parish was a blow to the campaign of Caroline Fayard, a New Orleans lawyer from... more »
  • State Dept suspends review into 'top secret' Clinton emails

    April 1, 2016 5:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The State Department has suspended its internal review into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or her top aides mishandled emails containing information now deemed "top secret." Spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said Friday the department had paused the review to avoid complicating or impeding an ongoing FBI investigation... more »
  • Clinton tries to win New York with her congressional record

    April 1, 2016 1:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton will release a $10 billion plan aimed at revitalizing manufacturing in Syracuse on Friday, part of an effort to highlight her work as a senator from New York ahead of that state's primary later this month. The Democratic presidential candidate plans to set off on a... more »
  • Clinton takes aim at Trump in ad ahead of New York primary

    March 30, 2016 11:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton is taking aim at Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies and the violence at some of his rallies in a new television ad that her campaign says will run in New York. Clinton says in the ad that while some people say America's problems can be solved... more »
  • Sanders wins Hawaii; Clinton leads in delegates

    March 27, 2016 3:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Bernie Sanders netted nearly three dozen delegates after his win in Hawaii, having swept three states. It's a solid showing, but it didn't significantly tighten Hillary Clinton's overall big lead. Sanders needs to win 67 percent of the remaining delegates and uncommitted superdelegates through June to be able... more »
  • Sanders wins Alaska, Washington; Clinton holds delegate lead

    March 26, 2016 5:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - Bernie Sanders scored a duo of wins in Western caucus contests Saturday, giving a powerful psychological boost to his supporters but doing little to move him closer to securing the Democratic nomination. While results in Washington and Alaska barely dented Hillary Clinton's several hundred delegate lead, Sanders' wins... more »
  • Black women who boosted Obama are sticking with Clinton

    March 26, 2016 3:07 PM

    DETROIT - Hillary Clinton has faced surprisingly strong competition this primary season, and she's been bombarded with criticism. But she has maintained a strong bond with one significant bloc of Democratic Party voters. Black women, who were part of President Barack Obama's winning coalition in 2008 and 2012, have locked... more »
  • Clinton, Trump maintain solid delegate leads

    March 23, 2016 12:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton is closing in on collecting three-quarters of the delegates needed to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination. Bernie Sanders netted more than a dozen delegates after splitting the latest contests with Clinton. But he still trails significantly. Three states held Democratic contests with a total of 131... more »
  • Sanders concedes Missouri Democratic primary; Clinton wins

    March 18, 2016 7:21 AM

    WASHINGTON- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he will not seek a recount of results in Missouri's Democratic primary, conceding defeat to Hillary Clinton. Sanders says in an interview with The Associated Press that it's unlikely the results will affect the awarding of delegates in the state and he would "prefer... more »
  • Michelle Obama tells SXSW crowd she won't run for president

    March 16, 2016 4:47 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Michelle Obama used the South by Southwest Music Festival to show off her vocal chops and make a quick announcement - she's not running for president. The first lady made her debut Wednesday at the Austin showcase of buzzworthy bands and technology. She sat with Grammy winners... more »
  • Trump, Clinton win Mississippi presidential primaries

    March 8, 2016 8:26 PM

    JACKSON, MS - Donald Trump (R) and Hillary Clinton (D) each won the presidential primary in Mississippi Tuesday night, following wins in Louisiana Saturday, but it was a mixbag of results in other primaries. With 95% of precincts reporting, Trump has secured 47.4% of the vote. He also won... more »
  • Clinton still faces struggle to win back younger voters

    March 3, 2016 5:09 AM

    FORT COLLINS, CO.- Hillary Clinton is continuing to struggle with a segment of the electorate she will need if she's to win the White House in November: young voters. Clinton lost six of 10 voters between the ages of 18 and 29 on Super Tuesday even as she racked up... more »
  • Senate rejects adding $600M to anti-heroin legislation

    March 2, 2016 4:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has rejected a Democratic effort to add $600 million to a bipartisan bill targeting heroin and opioid abuse. Supporters of the immediate funding won a majority of the Senate votes. But the 48-47 tally fell short of the 60 votes required for New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne... more »
  • Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump cemented as 2016 leaders

    March 2, 2016 11:38 AM

    MIAMI - Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are beginning to focus on each other in the race for the White House. Both front-runners were emboldened by commanding victories Tuesday across large swaths of the country. Clinton previewed a "love and kindness" message while Trump traded his typical rollicking... more »
  • 100K ballots cast early in Louisiana's presidential primary

    March 1, 2016 8:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Nearly 100,000 ballots have already been cast in Louisiana's presidential primary, following a week of robust early voting turnout. According to the Secretary of State's Office, more than twice as many people voted early this year than did in the 2012 presidential primary - likely due to the... more »
  • Super Tuesday: Clinton, Trump look to pull away from rivals

    March 1, 2016 6:14 AM

    WASHINGTON- Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are eyeing an opportunity to pull away from their rivals on Super Tuesday. It will be a delegate-rich dash across the country that could accelerate their march toward the general election. Voters from Vermont to Colorado, Alaska to American Samoa and several... more »
  • With big win, Clinton heads to Super Tuesday with momentum

    February 28, 2016 4:00 PM

    COLUMBIA - Hillary Clinton has resoundingly reclaimed her standing as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination with a lopsided victory in South Carolina. And it's a win over Bernie Sanders that doubles as a strong send off toward Super Tuesday. For Sanders, the roughly 50-point defeat on Saturday crystalizes... more »
  • Early voting indicates interest in Louisiana's presidential primary

    February 27, 2016 5:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - If the in-person early voting numbers are any indication, it seems that there is heightened interest in Louisiana's 2016 presidential primary. The early voting for the March 5 primary is nearly double the voting in the 2012 presidential primary and almost four times what it was in... more »
  • Clinton scores commanding win in South Carolina

    February 27, 2016 4:27 PM

    COLUMBIA - Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic presidential primary in South Carolina. She won the overwhelming support of black voters on her way to a commanding victory over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The win for Clinton is her third in the first four contests of the 2016 campaign. And... more »
  • Harry Reid endorses Clinton over Sanders

    February 24, 2016 1:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is endorsing Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. A spokeswoman for the Nevada senator said Wednesday that Reid was making the endorsement. Reid participated in his state's Democratic caucuses Saturday but voted as "uncommitted." Clinton won the contest. Reid said he took... more »
  • Clinton wins Nevada Democratic caucuses

    February 20, 2016 5:27 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Hillary Clinton has won the Nevada Democratic caucuses, rebounding after a second-place finish to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire. The victory for the former secretary of state over the Vermont senator gives her two wins to one in the race for the Democratic nomination. Clinton eked out... more »
  • Early voting for La. presidential primaries has started

    February 20, 2016 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Voters looking to skip lines to vote in the Louisiana presidential primaries can take advantage of early voting starting Saturday. The Louisiana presidential preference primary for Republicans and Democrats is March 5, but early voting starts Saturday and runs through Feb. 27. Secretary of State Tom Schedler... more »
  • Early voting starts Saturday for presidential primary

    February 18, 2016 7:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana presidential preference primary for Republicans and Democrats is March 5, but early voting starts Saturday and runs through Feb. 27. Secretary of State Tom Schedler said in a news release Wednesday voters can cast early ballots daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., except for Sunday.... more »
  • Clinton, Sanders vigorously agree, except when they don't

    February 12, 2016 11:24 AM

    MILWAUKEE - Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders vigorously agreed. Except when they didn't. The rivals spent much of Thursday's sixth Democratic presidential debate in a respectful discussion of their marginal differences on issues like immigration, criminal justice reform and entitlements. But both were animated when the contest turned to one... more »
  • AP: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders win New Hampshire

    February 9, 2016 8:06 PM

    NEW HAMPSHIRE - Based on early returns, the Associated Press projects Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders as the winners of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary. Trump and Sanders were considered the frontrunners for the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively. Only about 4% of the vote is in... more »
  • Trump, Sanders look to emerge from New Hampshire with wins

    February 9, 2016 4:08 AM

    MANCHESTER, N.H.- Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders hope to emerge from New Hampshire's primary Tuesday with their first wins of the 2016 presidential election, victories that would lend needed credibility to the unexpected contenders' pursuit of their parties' nomination. Trump leads a Republican field that has been in flux in... more »
  • Edwards calls special session to raise taxes Play Video

    February 5, 2016 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers will start debating a tax hike next week with Governor John Bel Edwards calling a special legislative session Friday to tackle Louisiana's budget crisis. Lawmakers will go into the special session on Sunday, Feb. 14 and will remain in session until Mar. 9. Edwards... more »
  • Early voting registration at EBR Registrar of Voters sees steady turnout Play Video

    February 3, 2016 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters in East Baton Rouge Parish turned out at the Registrar of Voters Offices throughout the day Wednesday as it was the last day for residents to register to vote in the state's upcoming presidential primary. Only registered Republicans and Democrats will be able to cast... more »
  • Sanders says Iowa gives campaign a kick-start

    February 2, 2016 8:37 AM

    MANCHESTER, N.H.- Bernie Sanders says his razor-thin contest against Hillary Clinton in Iowa is giving his campaign a "kick-start." The Democratic presidential candidate says it shows the American people that "this is a campaign that can win." Sanders tells reporters traveling aboard his flight to New Hampshire early Tuesday that... more »
  • Obama to meet with Bernie Sanders at the White House

    January 27, 2016 11:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will welcome Bernie Sanders to the White House, but he won't necessarily feel the Bern. The meeting between the sitting president and his sometime critic is a moment for the president to show his public neutrality in a heated and unexpectedly tight race to replace... more »
  • Clinton, Sanders shadowing each other across Iowa

    January 23, 2016 2:55 PM

    DES MOINES - Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are shadowing each other across eastern Iowa, eager to carve out an advantage in a race that's deadlocked with just over a week until the state's lead-off caucuses. The candidates' overlapping campaign schedules underscore the close eye the rivals are keeping... more »
  • Cruz offers his vision for election face-off with Clinton

    January 23, 2016 2:53 PM

    HOLLIS, N.H. - Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is dreaming of a face-off with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, even before the first primary votes are cast. He warns his supporters about what he thinks America will look like under a Clinton administration, predicting a nuclear-armed Iran, amnesty for millions of... more »
  • Sanders health plan would be more generous than Medicare

    January 21, 2016 11:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says his plan for a government-run health care system from cradle to grave is like Medicare for all. But with full coverage for long-term care, most dental care included, no deductibles and zero copays, the Sanders plan is considerably more generous. Think of... more »
  • Democratic candidates speak at King Day rally

    January 18, 2016 2:03 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - All three Democratic presidential candidates are in South Carolina speaking at the state NAACP's rally on the holiday to commemorate civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Hillary Clinton was the only candidate Monday to discuss at length the Confederate flag that was removed from the capitol grounds... more »
  • Clinton, Sanders clash over guns at debate

    January 17, 2016 9:42 PM

    CHARLESTON, S. C. - Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are clashing early on guns in a Democratic presidential debate blocks from where nine people were killed by a white gunman at a historic black church in June. Sanders says Clinton's assertion that he's a tool of the gun lobby is... more »
  • Sanders proposes tax hike to pay for universal health care

    January 17, 2016 7:37 PM

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is releasing a sweeping proposal to create a new single-payer health care system in the United States, just hours ahead of the final Democratic presidential debate before the leadoff Iowa caucuses. Sanders' "Medicare for all" plan released Sunday would be paid for by... more »
  • Sharp exchanges expected in fourth Democratic primary debate

    January 17, 2016 5:56 PM

    Charleston, S.C. - The Democratic primary field returns to the debate stage on Sunday night for the last matchup before the first round of voting next month. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is gaining on longtime front-runner Hillary Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire, and the debate is likely to mark... more »
  • Edwards to meet Obama during La. visit, at least briefly

    January 13, 2016 8:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards, the rare Democratic statewide elected official in the Deep South, will be on the tarmac to greet President Barack Obama as he arrives in Louisiana this week. But whether the two men will have a sit-down meeting remains uncertain. Obama will land in Baton... more »
  • Obama summons Americans to compromise and change

    January 13, 2016 4:01 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- President Barack Obama is casting his seven divisive years as a time of positive change, implicitly asking voters to replace him with a Democrat who would continue his hard-won policies on health care, climate change and Iran. Obama used his final State of the Union address to summon... more »
  • House approves bill to sanction North Korea after nuke test

    January 12, 2016 5:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans and Democrats in the House joined to overwhelmingly approve legislation that aims to punish North Korea for conducting its latest nuclear test. Lawmakers voted 418-2 Tuesday to approve the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act. The bill proposes to deny Pyongyang the hard currency it needs for developing... more »
  • Edwards signs executive order to begin Medicaid expansion

    January 12, 2016 8:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Newly-minted Gov. John Bel Edwards signed his first executive order Tuesday, beginning the process to expand Medicaid in Louisiana. The signing comes two days before President Barack Obama's visit to Baton Rouge, where he'll champion his federal health care overhaul that allows for the Medicaid expansion.... more »
  • Thousands pack the State Capitol to welcome Edwards Play Video

    January 11, 2016 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite a chilly morning, there wasn't an empty seat available today at the State Capitol. Many of those who came to Baton Rouge travelled long distances to get here. James Stewart, a retired teacher, said he made a bucket list and attending an inauguration was... more »
  • Edwards sworn in as Louisiana's 56th governor

    January 11, 2016 6:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - John Bel Edwards has been sworn in as the 56th governor of the state of Louisiana. Edwards is promising that he will not be a "business-as-usual governor," as he takes office. Edwards said he planned to tackle healthcare and wage issues as governor. He said... more »
  • Planned Parenthood backing Clinton in primary race

    January 10, 2016 4:13 PM

    HOOKSETT, N.H. - Planned Parenthood says its endorsement of Hillary Clinton won't result in negative campaigning against her Democratic primary opponents. President Cecile Richards says the group's political arm is endorsing early so it can begin reminding voters about what she calls the Republican candidates' "extreme" positions on women's health.... more »
  • Benghazi Republican 'hopeful' that Clinton will be indicted

    January 8, 2016 12:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Republican member of the House Benghazi committee says he is "hopeful" that the Justice Department will indict Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for having classified information on her private email server. Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas says there is increasing evidence that "an enormous amount of information"... more »
  • Top Democrat says no evidence of NSA spying on lawmakers

    January 7, 2016 11:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - A key House Democrat says there's no evidence that the intelligence community was spying on members of Congress. That follows a report saying the National Security Agency swept up some conversations with members of Congress in the course of spying on Israel. Congressman Adam Schiff of California is... more »
  • Dem: CIA Director Petraeus again debunks Benghazi theories

    January 6, 2016 5:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - Former CIA Director David Petraeus's testimony to the House Benghazi committee Wednesday was consistent with what he told congressional investigators more than two years ago when he debunked several conspiracy theories about the deadly attacks, says a committee Democrat. Petraeus spent several hours behind closed doors Wednesday answering... more »
  • Sanders vowing to break up banks during first year in office

    January 5, 2016 12:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is pledging to break up the country's largest financial institutions within the first year of his administration if he is elected to the White House. In a fiery speech just a few subway stops from Wall Street, Sanders characterized the financial industry as... more »
  • Obama returns from Hawaii saying he's 'fired up' for 2016

    January 3, 2016 3:57 PM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama returns to the rancor of the nation's capital after two weeks of fun and sun in his native Hawaii, saying he's "fired up" for the year ahead and ready to tackle unfinished business. At the top of the list appears to be executive action that... more »
  • O'Malley fails to qualify for Ohio's ballot

    December 31, 2015 12:20 PM

    COLUMBUS - Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley has failed to qualify for Ohio's primary ballot, falling short of the signatures needed to appear before the state's voters. A spokesman for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) tells The Associated Press that O'Malley failed to get the 1,000 valid signatures... more »
  • Activists predict abortion will be a hot issue in campaigns

    December 27, 2015 2:22 PM

    NEW YORK - The divide between Republicans and Democrats over abortion is deeper than ever. Activists on both sides foresee a 2016 presidential campaign in which the nominees tackle the volatile topic more aggressively than in past elections. Friction over the issue also is likely to surface in key Senate... more »
  • On Muslims, Democrats find an unlikely ally: George W Bush

    December 25, 2015 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - In their fight against Republicans who call for a war on "radical Islamic terrorism," Democrats are turning to an unlikely ally: George W. Bush. President Barack Obama is citing his predecessor's refusal to demonize Muslims or play into the notion of a clash between Islam and the West.... more »
  • Democrats grapple with Trump effect as primary draws near

    December 23, 2015 11:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is turning her attention to her would-be GOP challengers, particularly Donald Trump, and leaving her chief rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, gasping for airtime six weeks before the first round of primary voting. Clinton plans to intensify her campaign schedule with a series... more »
  • Outside groups try to sway lawmakers on House speaker's race

    December 21, 2015 1:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Outside groups are trying to influence the decision of who will be Louisiana's next House speaker. It's an unusual public dispute with conservative organizations trying to keep a Democrat from getting the job. The Republican Party of Louisiana, anti-abortion group Louisiana Right to Life and the Christian... more »
  • Bernie Sanders struggles to gain edge in presidential bid

    December 20, 2015 3:08 PM

    MANCHESTER - The third Democratic presidential debate opened with an apology and ended with compliments. For months, the Democratic primary contest has been a relatively civil affair - which party leaders believe offers a much-needed contrast with the raucous Republican field. A day after a rancorous dispute over a breach... more »
  • For Congress in 2015, GOP upheaval overshadows legislating

    December 19, 2015 7:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - For Congress, 2015 was a year of ideological clashes, showdown votes and harsh words. And that was just among Republicans. It was the first year of Barack Obama's two terms when Republicans ran both the House and Senate. That meant a blend of compromise and confrontation - a... more »
  • Clinton must choose how to address data breach in Dem debate

    December 19, 2015 3:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - Revelations that four members of Bernie Sanders' campaign staff improperly accessed voter information compiled by Hillary Clinton's campaign have shaken up the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. It is a development that has the potential to transform a sleepy Saturday night debate into something far livelier. The... more »
  • Clinton vows to defeat Islamic State if elected

    December 11, 2015 4:12 PM

    TULSA - Hillary Clinton says her opponents "talk a lot" about defeating terrorists but that when it comes to defeating the Islamic State group, she's the lone candidate with a specific plan. Clinton says she's "been in the situation room" of the White House and knows what it will take... more »
  • Clinton makes new plea for tougher gun laws

    December 3, 2015 4:30 PM

    MANCHESTER - Hillary Clinton is issuing a fresh plea for stricter gun control after yesterday's mass shooting in California. She told a Women's Economic Opportunity Summit in New Hampshire that there's no way to "stop every incident of gun violence" -- but added that "we can stop a lot of... more »
  • Local free community college plans may be template for US

    November 27, 2015 12:08 PM

    CHICAGO - The concept of free community college has been touted by President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidates, and some Republicans. The idea is to curb student debt and boost employment by removing cost from the equation. However, some educators are concerned the push could divert students and scholarships away... more »
  • Republican hoping to defy polls in Louisiana governor's race

    November 20, 2015 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter is trying to rally last-minute support from conservative voters in advance of Louisiana's Saturday runoff election for governor. The race remarkably shows Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards in the lead in a state that usually votes Republican. The competition has become... more »

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