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  • 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 »
  • Minnesota House candidate ends campaign after tweet about IS

    November 15, 2015 5:48 PM

    MINNEAPOLIS - A Democratic candidate for the Minnesota House has ended his campaign, hours after he sent out a tweet saying the Islamic State group "isn't necessarily evil." Dan Kimmel announced the end of his bid for office today on his campaign website and Twitter account. He said his tweet... more »
  • Democratic candidates won't use the term "radical Islam" at second debate

    November 14, 2015 10:10 PM

    DES MOINES - In the wake of the Paris attacks, French President Francois Hollande vows that his nation will wage "merciless" war on the Islamic State. At the Democratic debate, Hillary Rodham Clinton is deflecting a question of whether she would declare war on the militant group. The former... more »
  • Governor candidates share common aversion to Common Core

    November 6, 2015 7:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- They differ in many ways but the candidates for governor in Louisiana's Nov. 21 runoff election, Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter, share an aversion to the Common Core education standards. But, Common Core supporters helped elect a six-member majority to the state Board of Elementary... more »
  • Bernie Sanders calls for end of death penalty

    October 29, 2015 4:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says it's time the United States join nearly every industrialized nation in the West in saying no to capital punishment. Sen. Sanders' remarks on the Senate floor Thursday came a day after rival Hillary Rodham Clinton voiced support for taking a "hard look"... more »
  • Democrat Edwards advances to La. governor runoff

    October 24, 2015 10:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democrat John Bel Edwards has secured a spot in the Nov. 21 runoff to decide who will be Louisiana's next governor. The results are in. I’m headed into the runoff! I am ready to win. #PutLouisianaFirst #lagov — John Bel Edwards (@JohnBelforLA) October 25, 2015... more »
  • Clash over Clinton's comments after Benghazi

    October 22, 2015 10:02 AM

    WASHINGTON, D. C. - At the House Benghazi hearing, there's a tense back-and-forth between GOP Rep. Jim Jordan and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton over her public comments right after the 2012 attacks. Jordan says Clinton emailed her family that night of the attacks saying that al-Qaida was... more »
  • Ex-Republican Gov. Crist running for Congress as a Democrat

    October 20, 2015 10:55 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is running for Congress as a Democrat in an attempt to return to politics after losing a U.S. Senate bid in 2010 and the governor's race last year. Crist made the announcement Tuesday in his hometown of St. Petersburg. Crist served... more »
  • Democratic debate a break-out chance for O'Malley, others

    October 12, 2015 4:51 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Martin O'Malley needs a breakout moment in the first Democratic presidential debate, and he knows it. The former governor of Maryland is stuck far behind Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. He says the Tuesday night debate in... more »
  • House GOP to vote for new speaker

    October 8, 2015 9:34 AM

    WASHINGTON- Divided House Republicans are meeting to vote on a new speaker as the front-runner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, faces a fresh challenge from the hard-line conservatives who forced outgoing Speaker John Boehner to resign. Thursday's closed-door, secret-ballot election will produce a GOP nominee for speaker, but it... more »
  • 5th US Circuit to hear appeal of ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

    October 5, 2015 8:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal appeals court will hear arguments in the case of Ray Nagin, the former New Orleans mayor now serving a 10-year prison sentence. Monday's hearing is set before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Nagin, a Democrat who served from 2001 to... more »
  • Democrat Edwards trying to break party slump in Louisiana

    October 2, 2015 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic candidate for governor John Bel Edwards has surged in recent polls, raising hopes among Democrats that they might be able to reclaim the Louisiana governor's mansion. Right now, Republicans hold every statewide elected job. And in the conservative state, Edwards remains a long-shot at becoming... more »
  • House, Senate to send Obama temporary spending bill

    September 30, 2015 10:30 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- A temporary government-wide funding measure that would keep the government open past a midnight deadline should make its way to President Barack Obama Wednesday with time to spare. The measure has already helped topple the top House GOP leader and exacerbated painful divisions between more pragmatic Republicans and... more »
  • Clerk Kim Davis switching parties to become a Republican

    September 25, 2015 4:01 PM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, a longtime Democrat, says she is switching to the Republican Party because she feels abandoned by Democrats. Davis' made the announcement while in Washington, D.C., to attend the Family Research Council's Value Voters Summit, Liberty Counsel spokeswoman Charla Bansley said Friday. Liberty Counsel... more »
  • Vitter sitting on $4M for governor's race campaigning

    September 24, 2015 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The only major Democratic contender in the Louisiana governor's race, John Bel Edwards, had the largest haul in the latest fundraising period. But Republican David Vitter still has the heftiest campaign account. Fundraising reports were due Thursday. They offer a look at money available to the... more »
  • Clinton opposes construction of Keystone XL pipeline

    September 22, 2015 4:46 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton is breaking her longstanding silence over the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, saying at a campaign stop in Iowa that she opposes the controversial project. Clinton says the project has been a distraction and she doesn't believe it's in the best... more »
  • Biden: change in attitudes will improve police relations

    September 21, 2015 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says relations between police and the community will improve when both sides truly see and value each other. Biden said community policing, along with a change in attitudes, can address crime and social problems. He spoke Monday at a White House event honoring "Champions... more »
  • Sanders gets grumpy, but voters like him that way

    September 21, 2015 1:43 PM

    WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa - Bernie Sanders doesn't kiss babies. He promises them a revolution. During a recent campaign stop in Iowa, the Democratic presidential candidate told 3-month-old Lily Landretti that he was doing this for her. By this, he meant his populist campaign. In an age of carefully... more »
  • GOP candidates for governor oppose removing confederate monuments

    August 17, 2015 6:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE- All three Republicans in Louisiana's governor's race say they're against moving Confederate monuments in New Orleans. The one Democrat says the question should be left to city officials. A city commission has recommended moving four monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee atop a column in Lee... more »
  • Governor's race candidates differ on how to serve elderly

    August 6, 2015 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three contenders to be Louisiana's next governor say they'd elevate elderly affairs issues to a cabinet-level department, rather than a small agency inside the governor's office. But the candidates differed on the approach. Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said he would merge the oversight of services for... more »
  • Republicans draw in more money for top La. statewide races

    July 28, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Republicans are out-raising Democrats in Louisiana's races for governor and lieutenant governor. The latest campaign finance reports were due Monday. In the governor's race, Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter reported raising $1.3 million, while donors gave GOP Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne $408,000. Republican Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle... more »
  • In Iowa, Clinton says climate plan will promote renewables

    July 26, 2015 7:10 PM

    AMES, Iowa - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is unveiling a plan aimed at combating climate change that includes revisions in the tax code to promote renewable energy. In Iowa, the nation's second-leading wind energy producer, Clinton says people are "just not paying attention" if they don't acknowledge... more »
  • Edwards: La. education leader: 'isn't qualified to be middle school principal'

    June 29, 2015 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's schools superintendent may want to stick around for another term, but at least one candidate running for governor has no interest in keeping him. Democratic contender John Bel Edwards, a state representative, said if he's elected governor in the fall he won't allow John White to... more »
  • Presidential candidates weigh in on gay marriage ruling

    June 26, 2015 11:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - There's division among several of the Republican candidates for president about the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has condemned the decision by what he calls "five unelected justices" who make up the ruling's 5-4 majority. Santorum is a... more »
  • Clinton to launch campaign on Sunday

    April 10, 2015 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - The guessing game is over -- and the launch date of the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign is known. According to people familiar with her plans, Clinton will make the announcement Sunday with an online video posted on social media. She will then make stops in some key... more »
  • Edwards gets Democratic support in governor's election

    March 28, 2015 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Rep. John Bel Edwards has won the endorsement of the Louisiana Democratic Party in the governor's election, a signal no other major Democrats are likely to jump into the race. Party backing came unanimously Saturday from the Democratic State Central Committee. Edwards, a Democratic leader in... more »
  • Senate's Harry Reid announces he won't seek re-election

    March 27, 2015 8:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is announcing he will not seek re-election to another term. The 75-year-old Reid says in a statement issued by his office Friday that he wants to make sure Democrats regain control of the Senate next year and that it would be "inappropriate" for... more »
  • Democrats denounce GOP letter on Iran nuke talks

    March 10, 2015 2:00 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democrats in the White House and Congress are accusing 47 GOP senators of undercutting President Barack Obama in international talks to curb Iran's nuclear program, saying that trying to upend diplomatic negotiations is tantamount to rushing into war with Tehran. In a letter Monday to the leaders... more »
  • House to debate GOP bill to fix No Child Left Behind

    February 25, 2015 2:44 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - No Child Left Behind is a widely criticized law, but a GOP bill the House is considering to fix it isn't winning popularity contests among Democrats. House Republicans say the measure, which will be debated Wednesday, would restore local control in schools and stop top-down education mandates.... more »
  • Obama's war power plan seeks its first supporter

    February 12, 2015 2:57 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - One day after sending Congress legislation backing the use of military force against Islamic State militants, President Barack Obama is still searching for his first outright supporter for the measure. Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate, senior lawmakers and newcomers to Congress, lawmakers across the congressional spectrum... more »
  • Republicans, Democrats jockey on changing 'No Child Left Behind'

    February 5, 2015 2:37 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Outnumbered by Republicans, Democratic lawmakers are jockeying to get their views heard as Congress moves ahead with plans to change the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law. House Democrats plan their own Capitol Hill forum on Thursday in protest of a Republican bill that would strip... more »
  • Obama to meet privately with Senate Democrats on strategy

    January 15, 2015 2:58 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is joining Senate Democrats during a private strategy retreat. The president's appearance before the senators at a Baltimore hotel Thursday afternoon is closed to reporters. The meeting comes as the party grapples with its new status in the Senate minority after losing seats in... more »
  • House poised to pass pipeline bill as Senate wrangles

    January 9, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are on track to easily pass legislation to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, moving the GOP-led Congress closer to a clash with President Barack Obama. The House will vote later Friday on a bill identical to one headed to the Senate... more »
  • AP: Bill Cassidy wins La. Senate seat

    December 6, 2014 8:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Bill Cassidy has defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, giving the GOP another victory in the final election of the 2014 midterms. Cassidy's win in Louisiana's Saturday runoff pushes the Republican's new Senate majority to 54 seats in January and costs Democrats their last Senate seat in... more »
  • Louisiana's Senate race to be settled today

    December 6, 2014 10:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana voters are deciding the political fate of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is struggling to win a fourth term against a wave of GOP gains across Southern states. Saturday's runoff is the last election of the 2014 midterms. Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy is the front-runner.... more »
  • GOP promises Cassidy a committee seat

    November 12, 2014 2:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy has been promised a seat on the Senate's energy committee if he defeats Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu. The maneuver by incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell undercuts one of Landrieu's chief campaign arguments - that voters need to re-elect her to keep... more »
  • John Breaux on the road with Sen. Mary Landrieu

    October 31, 2014 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - He's been out of office for nearly a decade, but former U.S. Sen. John Breaux is back on the campaign trail, urging voters to support his one-time colleague, Democrat Mary Landrieu. Breaux, a Crowley native and now a Washington lobbyist, was traveling Friday to get-out-the-vote events around... more »
  • Many La. voters not registering with main parties

    October 23, 2014 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's voter rolls jumped by nearly 36,000 in the last two months of the registration period leading up to the Nov. 4 election, with more than half of the new voters opting for neither Democrat nor Republican designation. That's according to registration statistics released Wednesday. Secretary... more »
  • 5 hopefuls in 6th District at Baton Rouge forum

    October 20, 2014 1:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At a forum in Baton Rouge, four Republican candidates for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District seat stressed their opposition to President Barack Obama, while boasting of their conservative philosophies; one Democrat - former Gov. Edwin Edwards - emphasized what he called a moderate philosophy. Edwards, businessman Paul Dietzel,... more »
  • Bill Clinton to campaign with Sen. Mary Landrieu

    October 17, 2014 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party's most popular surrogate this fall, is heading to Louisiana early next week for a campaign rally with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. Landrieu's campaign hopes Clinton's visit to Baton Rouge on Monday will boost support for the three-term Democratic incumbent heading... more »
  • Obama's midterm campaign effort getting off to late start

    October 7, 2014 3:00 AM

    WASHINTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's campaign schedule is getting off to a late start, with midterm elections less than a month away. Obama is raising money for Democrats this week from coast to coast, but he is steering clear of any public campaign events with Democrats, which would hand... more »
  • Landrieu skips endorsement of Edwin Edwards

    September 23, 2014 3:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Democratic Party may have endorsed former Gov. Edwin Edwards for Congress, but the state's highest elected Democratic official won't be doing the same. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu dodged talk Monday of backing the convicted felon for an open Baton Rouge-based congressional seat. She said Edwards... more »
  • Landrieu orders review on all flights during office

    August 15, 2014 8:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, under scrutiny for billing private chartered planes to her Senate office when she used the flights to attend campaign fundraisers, has ordered a complete review of all such payments made over the course of her 18 years in the Senate. The issue has... more »
  • GOP, Democrats unite to seek fundraising changes

    July 26, 2014 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican and Democratic parties rarely agree on much, but they've found common ground on an issue that hits both of them in the pocketbooks. Leaders of the two state parties are aligned in their push to get fundraising rules changed. The parties want to compete with... more »
  • Democrats come out against school redistricting

    July 24, 2014 6:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The executive committee for the East Baton Rouge Parish Democratic Party has come out against proposals up for debate to reduce the size of the parish School Board. The Democratic Party's opposition to the school board redistricting follows on the heels of opposition by the local Republican... more »
  • House, Senate in stalemate over border crisis

    July 23, 2014 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers. A Senate bill being unveiled Wednesday would allocate $2.7 billion for... more »
  • Obama heads off to raise money on the West Coast

    July 22, 2014 2:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is embarking on a mission that has regularly proved a winner for him - raising money for his fellow Democrats. Obama on Tuesday is starting a three-day West Coast trip, during which he is scheduled to attend fundraising events in Seattle, San Francisco and... more »
  • Edwards: If elected, state budget would be focus

    July 21, 2014 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The lone Democrat to announce he's running for governor, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, says Louisiana's next leader will need to focus on stabilizing the state's finances. Edwards criticized Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's budgeting tactics as "running the state like a big Ponzi scheme." He says Jindal's... more »
  • Openly gay governor candidate leads pride parade

    June 21, 2014 5:31 PM

    PORTLAND, Maine - A Democrat who reluctantly made public his homosexuality last year has served as the grand marshal of Maine's biggest gay pride parade. Mike Michaud would become the nation's first openly gay person to be elected governor if he unseats Republican Paul LePage in November. He was the... more »
  • Christie says he can beat Clinton

    June 13, 2014 2:13 AM

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Gov. Chris Christie appears confident in his presidential prospects despite the ongoing bridge scandal that has tarnished his national reputation. During an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" that aired late Thursday night, Christie was asked whether, "hypothetically," he thinks he could beat Democrat... more »
  • For White House, little joy in Cantor's defeat

    June 12, 2014 2:13 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - For years, the White House saw House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as a chief driver of Republicans' staunch opposition to nearly all of President Barack Obama's agenda. Now, Cantor's stunning primary loss seems likely to make politics even more difficult for Obama. Rather than opening a pathway... more »
  • Senate Republicans block student loan bill

    June 11, 2014 9:33 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Republicans have blocked an election-year attempt by Democrats to let people refinance their student loan debt at lower rates. The 56-38 vote Wednesday fell short of the 60 votes needed to proceed to debate on the measure. The bill by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts would... more »
  • House votes to create new Benghazi investigation

    May 8, 2014 5:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to establish a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya, with Republicans vowing to dig deeper in a search for truth. Democrats say the election-year inquiry is actually a political ploy to raise campaign cash and motivate GOP voters, and they're weighing... more »
  • Defense bill deals with sexual assault in the military

    December 13, 2013 6:15 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A defense policy bill that aims to deal with the epidemic of sexual assaults in the military is heading to the Senate, where it could get slowed by Republican outrage over majority Democrats' limits on GOP power. The House passed the legislation Thursday. The strong bipartisan vote... more »
  • Appropriations chairman switches to the GOP

    July 11, 2013 10:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The chairman of the House budget-writing committee has become a Republican. Rep. Jim Fannin, of Jonesboro, says he switched to the GOP on Wednesday because he believes the Democratic Party no longer represents his political views or his constituents' views on issues like marriage, gun rights and... more »
  • Landrieu, Cassidy report latest fundraising number

    July 9, 2013 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has outpaced her Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, in the latest fundraising cycle for the 2014 Senate race. But both candidates raised more than $1 million in the fundraising period from April through June 30, according to information released Tuesday by... more »
  • Senator draws attention with party switch video

    July 2, 2013 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - By jumping to the GOP, Opelousas Sen. Elbert Guillory made history, becoming Louisiana's first black Republican state senator since Reconstruction. With a four-minute video explaining why he left the Democratic Party, Guillory's become a darling of national conservatives. The YouTube video had attracted nearly 700,000 viewers by... more »
  • Opelousas senator switches to Republican Party

    May 31, 2013 2:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Opelousas Sen. Elbert Guillory has jumped to the Republican Party, becoming Louisiana's only black state senator in the GOP. Guillory announced Friday that he's leaving the Democratic Party. A spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's Office said Guillory filed paperwork on Wednesday registering as a Republican. The... more »
  • Senator calls colleagues racist, dodges questions check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 29, 2013 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republicans and Gov. Bobby Jindal called for a New Orleans state senator to apologize for her recent accusations that opposition to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act was based in racism. Senator Karen Carter-Peterson said Monday her colleagues in the Senate opposed President Obama's reform... more »
  • House speaker changes course on budget negotiation

    May 2, 2013 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley has reversed course and thrown his support behind bipartisan budget negotiations in the House between Democratic leaders and a group of conservative Republicans. Kleckley, a Republican, previously was supporting a plan that involved maneuvering the budget through the House and working with the... more »
  • Democrats bring gun control bill to Senate floor

    April 8, 2013 5:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats have brought gun control legislation to the Senate floor amid a threat from conservative Republican senators to use delaying tactics to prevent formal debate from even beginning. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took the first procedural step to begin debate on Monday. He said Republicans owed relatives... more »
  • Top Senate Democrat proposes Social Security panel

    March 20, 2013 10:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate's No. 2 Democrat says he's preparing a plan to create a commission to study Social Security's fiscal problems and send a proposed solution to Congress for guaranteed votes in both House and Senate. Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin says he's got bipartisan backing for the idea, which... more »
  • Senate Democrats prepare government funding bill

    March 11, 2013 4:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are preparing a catchall government funding bill that denies President Barack Obama money for implementing signature first-term accomplishments like new regulations on Wall Street and his expansion of government health care subsidies but provides modest additional funding for domestic priorities like health research. The measure is... more »
  • Senators pledge action on immigration reform

    January 28, 2013 5:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - Key Democratic and Republican senators are pledging to get a wide-ranging immigration bill through the Senate by summer even as they point to numerous pitfalls ahead. The group of eight senators unveiled proposals Monday to secure the border, allow more guest workers, require tougher verification measures by employers... more »
  • House passes bill to defuse debt crisis

    January 23, 2013 12:29 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a bill to permit the government to borrow enough money to avoid a first avoid default for at least four months, defusing a crisis looming next month and setting the stage for a springtime debate over taxes, spending and the deficit. The House... more »
  • GOP moves to delay debt-ceiling showdown 3 months

    January 22, 2013 4:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans controlling the House are moving quickly to try to defuse a potential debt crisis. They're offering legislation to prevent a first-ever default on U.S. obligations for three months or more. The Republicans are giving up for now on trying to extract spending cuts from Democrats in return... more »
  • Dems want House vote on Senate-passed 'cliff' deal

    January 1, 2013 2:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Democratic leaders are pressing Speaker John Boehner to let the House vote on the Senate-approved bipartisan compromise that would avert much of the impact of the so-called fiscal cliff. Following a nearly three-hour private meeting Tuesday between Vice President Joe Biden and House Democratic lawmakers, Minority Leader... more »
  • Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

    December 21, 2012 1:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, saying Kerry's entire life "has prepared him for this role." If confirmed, the Massachusetts Democrat would succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Obama's second-term Cabinet. Clinton did not attend the Roosevelt Room... more »
  • Senate debates $60.4 billion Sandy aid package

    December 17, 2012 4:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats are trying to push a $60.4 billion emergency spending package for Superstorm Sandy victims through Congress by Christmas. Republicans are responding: Not so fast. The Senate opened debate on the aid measure Monday, seven weeks after the storm swept up the East Coast, causing extensive damage in... more »
  • Pelosi says time running out for fiscal cliff deal

    December 13, 2012 10:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says a deal must be reached "in the next couple of days or the very beginning of next week" to avoid the fiscal cliff of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. The California Democrat criticized Republican House leaders for sending lawmakers home on... more »
  • Senate Dems offer Sandy disaster aid package

    December 12, 2012 3:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats have quickly cobbled together a $60.4 billion disaster aid package for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy in late October. Working from the emergency spending request President Barack Obama made five days ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday released draft... more »
  • Boehner: Differences remain in fiscal cliff talks

    December 12, 2012 1:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - Talks between the White House and House Speaker John Boehner on a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" continue out of the public eye. But public statements from lawmakers suggest a deal is not close. Boehner himself says "serious differences" remain between him and President Barack Obama. The... more »
  • Reid: 'Extremely difficult' to solve fiscal cliff

    December 11, 2012 2:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate's top Democrat says "it's going to be extremely difficult" to pass legislation to address the so-called fiscal cliff before Christmas, but adds there's still a chance it can be done. Majority Leader Harry Reid commented Tuesday amid a souring mood in Washington over negotiations to forestall... more »
  • Senate GOP leader calls on Dems to spell out cuts

    December 11, 2012 10:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Republican leader is calling on President Barack Obama and Democrats to spell out where they would cut government spending as part of any deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." Sen. Mitch McConnell complained on Tuesday that Obama has spent his time talking about raising tax... more »
  • Landrieu, other senators tour NJ Sandy damage

    December 10, 2012 2:49 PM

    LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. - A group of Democratic U.S. senators from around the country is touring storm-ravaged parts of the New Jersey shore with a pledge to support the expensive cost of rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy. The senators also say they have encountered support from Republican senators as billions... more »
  • Obama, Boehner speak by phone on fiscal cliff

    December 5, 2012 4:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner discussed the fiscal cliff Wednesday in a telephone call. It followed several days of political sparring over steps to prevent a year-end series of tax increases and spending cuts. The call raises the possibility that negotiations will soon resume between... more »
  • White House rejects GOP fiscal cliff counteroffer

    December 3, 2012 4:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is rejecting a Republican counteroffer aimed at averting the "fiscal cliff," saying it does not meet what the White House calls "the test of balance." White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer says the GOP proposal would lower tax rates for the wealthy and stick the... more »
  • GOP proposes new 'fiscal cliff' offer to Obama

    December 3, 2012 2:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans negotiating with President Barack Obama on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff are proposing to increase the eligibility age for Medicare and to lower cost-of-living hikes in Social Security benefits. The proposal is a response to Obama's offer last week to hike taxes by $1.6 trillion over... more »
  • Obama, Boehner seem far apart on fiscal cliff

    November 30, 2012 3:51 PM

    HATFIELD, Pa. - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner don't sound close to a deal to avoid that "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts due to hit in January. Boehner says negotiations are going "almost nowhere" right now. He says Obama's proposal to avoid the fiscal... more »
  • Obama to paint Republicans as obstacles to a deal

    November 30, 2012 7:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - During his visit to the Philadelphia area today, President Barack Obama is planning on insisting on higher taxes for the top two percent of earners. That's according to White House officials, who say Obama will cast Republicans as an obstacle to a deal that would avoid the "fiscal... more »
  • Republicans accused Democrats of moving closer to the 'cliff'

    November 29, 2012 1:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican congressional leaders are accusing Democrats of moving the nation closer to the "fiscal cliff," by refusing to outline possible spending cuts. After a meeting with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner today, House Speaker John Boehner said there'd been "no substantive progress" -- and no "specific plan for cutting... more »
  • Obama: US can't afford across-the-board tax hike

    November 14, 2012 12:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the economy cannot afford a tax increase on all Americans and is calling on congressional Republicans to support an extension of existing tax rates for households earning $250,000 or less. Obama says he is confident that he and Congress can reach an agreement that... more »
  • Deficit talks will test GOP focus on tax rates

    November 12, 2012 4:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican leaders say the government can raise tax "revenues" without raising tax "rates." But they have yet to detail how they would pursue it. The distinction might mean little to Americans who end up with larger tax bills even if their tax rates don't change. This politically tricky... more »
  • GOP groups take stock after $380 million loss

    November 8, 2012 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican-leaning independent groups were supposed to be a key to victory for Mitt Romney. But they ended up being among the big losers of the presidential race, spending an eye-popping $380 million on ads to oust President Barack Obama only to come up short. The groups were unleashed... more »
  • Fraud? No, spider delays Mass. town's vote count

    November 8, 2012 12:24 PM

    REHOBOTH, Mass. - It wasn't hanging chads or voter fraud that delayed the vote count in one Massachusetts town - it was a spider. Rehoboth Town Clerk Kathleen Conti says one of the town's aging voting machines malfunctioned Tuesday morning. She called a technician, who said a spider web apparently... more »
  • Pres. Obama faces challenges in next term check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 7, 2012 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today in Baton Rouge, there was a lot of talk about President Barack Obama's re-election and what will come with his next four years in office. Voters like Rhonda Sharris said even though the same man's in the White House, changes must be made. "You... more »
  • Pres. Barack Obama's victory speech check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 7, 2012 12:34 PM

    CHICAGO - Here is the full text and video of Pres. Barack Obama's victory speech after securing a second term in the 2012 race for the White House. ----- Thank you so much. Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its... more »
  • Boustany/Landry battle headed to December runoff

    November 6, 2012 11:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The hard-fought struggle between Republican U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry will continue for another month. Boustany and Landry will face off in a Dec. 8 runoff, after no candidate for the 3rd District seat got more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday night. Boustany... more »
  • La. voters on both sides lament political divide

    November 6, 2012 5:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Turnout has been brisk across Louisiana as voters decide the presidential race, a half-dozen seats in the U.S. House and proposed amendments to the state constitution. Secretary of State spokeswoman Med Casper said Tuesday that there had been reports of occasional, routine problems with machines and long... more »
  • Obama blasts Romney ad on auto industry in Ohio

    November 2, 2012 10:22 AM

    HILLIARD, Ohio - President Barack Obama is accusing Republican rival Mitt Romney of running dishonest ads on the auto industry to scare voters in Ohio, saying: "This isn't a game. These are people's jobs." The Romney ads, which have been airing in Toledo, the home of a Jeep plant, suggest... more »
  • Storm-wracked states prepare for election Tuesday

    November 1, 2012 4:27 PM

    NEW YORK - Election officials were ordering generators, moving voting locations and figuring out how to transport poll workers displaced from coastal areas as Tuesday's presidential election became the latest challenge for states whacked by Superstorm Sandy. The storm devastated communities up and down the East Coast. It had already... more »
  • Campaigns hit 7 swing states today

    November 1, 2012 2:36 PM

    ROANOKE, Va. - It's the busiest day of the campaign for the two presidential candidates, their running mates and their wives, who are visiting seven of the swing states that will help determine Tuesday which man will occupy the White House for the next four years. Mitt Romney is continuing... more »
  • Romney campaign challenges criticism by automakers

    October 31, 2012 12:31 PM

    TAMPA, Fla. - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is challenging criticism from U.S. automakers over campaign ads that claim General Motors and Chrysler are adding jobs in China at the expense of Ohio. Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Wednesday, quote: "Their comments don't refute anything in our ad." Romney ads on... more »
  • Biden calls Romney auto ad an 'outrageous lie'

    October 31, 2012 12:29 PM

    SARASOTA, Fla. - Vice President Joe Biden is calling advertising released by Republican Mitt Romney "an outrageous lie" for asserting that automakers General Motors and Chrysler are adding jobs in China at the expense of workers in Ohio. Biden says in Florida that Romney is "trying to scare the living... more »
  • Campaigns invade other sides' turf

    October 31, 2012 10:37 AM

    MASON, Ohio - Some campaign workers in the battleground state of Ohio have a particularly challenging mission: find votes in opposition territory. President Barack Obama's campaign did well with that strategy in 2008, and won Ohio. The campaign has expanded such behind-the-lines efforts this year in places such as the... more »

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