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  • Will Ferrell 'not pursuing' Reagan film, says spokesman

    April 29, 2016 2:38 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Will Ferrell is not pursuing a film project about President Ronald Reagan, a spokesman for the actor said Friday. The actor had read and considered the script for "Reagan" but had never committed to developing or starring in the comedic film, which had prompted a strong family... more »
  • Trump, Clinton expand lead with wins in New York

    April 20, 2016 12:43 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is picking up a majority of New York's delegates with her win Tuesday over Bernie Sanders. With 247 delegates at stake, Clinton will pick up at least 135. Sanders will win at least 104. Eight remain to be allocated pending final vote... more »
  • Paul Ryan is not running for president, or passing a budget

    April 13, 2016 4:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan's national stature is such that he had to call a news conference to deny he wants to be president. Back on Capitol Hill, he's about to blow through a statutory deadline to pass an annual budget, a major embarrassment for him and House Republicans.... more »
  • McKinley High School student honored at alumni banquet Play Video

    April 7, 2016 10:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge teen picks up another huge honor Thursday evening. Che'dra Joseph is a Senior at McKinley High School, earning a 4.5 GPA. She's also McKinley's Student of the Year. In January, Joseph had the opportunity to introduce the President, when he visited McKinley High School... more »
  • Still upset about delegates, Trump says La. primary is 'bad politics'

    March 30, 2016 12:24 PM

    MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin - Presidential hopeful Donald Trump angrily discussed his disdain for the outcome of the Louisiana primary Tuesday night. Trump, along with Ted Cruz and John Kasich, participated in a cable TV political discussion. At one point during the program, Trump called the situation involving Louisiana's delegates bad... more »
  • Emory president: Students scared by 'Trump 2016' chalk signs

    March 23, 2016 4:37 PM

    ATLANTA - The president of Emory University has met with 40 to 50 student demonstrators who said they were concerned and frightened after someone wrote "Trump 2016" in chalk on campus sidewalks and some buildings. Jim Wagner, president of the Atlanta university, wrote Tuesday that the students viewed the messages... more »
  • Bush kept presidential campaign afloat with personal loan

    March 19, 2016 6:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - Jeb Bush kept his struggling presidential campaign afloat with a $250,000 personal loan - barely enough to keep the campaign from plunging into debt. New campaign finance documents show the former Florida governor raised about $1 million in February, which was to be his final month as a... 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 still not doing well enough to guarantee nomination

    March 16, 2016 11:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump is the only candidate with a path to clinching the Republican nomination for president before the party's national convention in July. But despite four more wins on Tuesday, the billionaire businessman still must do better. Trump's rivals can only hope to stop him, forcing a contested... more »
  • Trump, Clinton win big; Rubio suspends campaign

    March 15, 2016 11:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tuesday night Donald Trump (R) and Hillary Clinton (D) expanded their leads in their parties presidential primaries. Trump won the winner-take-all state of Florida, as well as North Carolina and Illinois. At the time of this post, he's currently in a back-and-forth race with Sen. Ted... more »
  • Obama: GOP contest 'a circus' and 'a crackup'

    March 10, 2016 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Donald Trump's positions aren't different from those of the other Republican presidential candidates - he's just more provocative in talking about them. Obama weighed in on the 2016 presidential campaign during a news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Obama says Trump's... 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 »
  • Trump, Cruz rally in New Orleans area ahead of LA primary Play Video

    March 5, 2016 12:05 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Donald Trump and Ted Cruz were in the New Orleans area Friday evening ahead of the Louisiana presidential preference primary. Donald Trump, the front-runner for the GOP talked about the problems he says the country faces including the military, health care, and education. " We can't win... more »
  • Carson: There is no 'path forward,' will discuss campaign this week

    March 2, 2016 2:24 PM

    DETROIT – It appears Ben Carson is leaving the campaign trail. The Washington Post reported Wednesday , Carson told supporters he sees no "path forward" and will not attend a debate in Detroit Thursday. Carson said he will make a statement about his political future at the Conservative Political... 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 »
  • 'Super Tuesday' super for Trump, Clinton

    March 2, 2016 12:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Donald Trump (R) and Hillary Clinton (D) were the big winners of 'Super Tuesday'- a day consisting of presidential primaries in 11 different states. Donald Trump won seven states, most among republicans, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia. He's also expected to win... more »
  • Rubio rallies in downtown Baton Rouge Friday

    March 1, 2016 9:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sen. Marco Rubio (R), one of the top GOP contenders for president, will rally in downtown Baton Rouge Friday ahead of Saturday's presidential primary. When the rally was announced Monday, a location was not included, but today, Rubio's team confirmed the event will be held in... more »
  • Marco Rubio rallies in Baton Rouge ahead of Saturday primary

    February 29, 2016 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One of the top contenders to be the Republican nominee for president is planning to rally in Baton Rouge Friday evening, though a venue hasn't been announced yet. Sen. Marco Rubio (R) will make a stop in the capital city Friday. Doors will open at 4:45... more »
  • In victory lap, Obama says US better off than 7 years ago

    February 26, 2016 3:36 PM

    JACKSONVILLE - President Barack Obama says anyone who says the U.S. isn't better off than it was seven years ago isn't telling the truth. Obama is taking a victory lap on the economy in Jacksonville, Florida. He's promoting the benefits of the $760 billion economic stimulus bill he signed shortly... more »
  • Jeb Bush ends bid for the White House

    February 20, 2016 8:46 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he is ending his bid for the White House. A teary-eyed Bush says he's proud of the campaign he ran to unify the country and advocate conservative solutions. The son and brother of former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W.... 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 »
  • Vatican looks to clarify Pope's Trump comments

    February 19, 2016 4:07 PM

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The papal spokesman is stressing that Pope Francis often says build bridges, not walls, and that his remark while flying back from Mexico wasn't targeting U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. Francis said Thursday that a person who advocates building walls for solutions is "not Christian." Trump,... more »
  • Early voting begins on Saturday

    February 17, 2016 1:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Early voting for the Mar. 5 Louisiana Presidential Preference Primary begins this Saturday and runs through Saturday, Feb. 27. The polls will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily on all days excluding Sunday, Feb. 21. The PPP allows Louisiana electors of each... more »
  • Baton Rouge is a political hotbed Thursday; three events to be streamed on WBRZ.com

    February 11, 2016 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For the second time this year, the capitol city will be buzzing with political activity Thursday evening. First, Governor John Bel Edwards is set to discuss the state's budget crisis and sell his plan on fixing it in a rare state-wide address. The governor will appear... more »
  • Baton Rouge gets ready to welcome Donald Trump Play Video

    February 11, 2016 9:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Presidential candidate Donald Trump is in town today for a campaign event at the Baton Rouge River Center. The event will open to the public at 5 p.m., with Trump expected to take the stage at 7 p.m. Admission to the event is free, but guests... more »
  • President Obama declares a state of emergency for Louisiana flooding

    February 5, 2016 8:19 PM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - The President declared a state of emergency for Louisiana, Friday. He ordered federal aid to supplement response efforts in areas affected by flooding from December 28, 2015 to February 1, 2016. This action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all... more »
  • Jindal endorses Rubio for president

    February 5, 2016 7:55 PM

    NEW YORK - Former Governor Bobby Jindal did something he said he wouldn't, he endorsed a Republican in the presidential primary. Jindal endorsed U.S. Senator Marco Rubio Friday evening on Fox News. . @BobbyJindal : "I'm endorsing @marcorubio to be our next president." #Greta pic.twitter.com/A9JSrUbpFs — Fox News... more »
  • Jimmy Carter says scans show no signs of cancer

    February 3, 2016 11:36 AM

    JUBA, South Sudan - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said that a scan of his torso conducted last week found no signs of melanoma, the serious form of cancer that doctors discovered last summer in his liver and brain, but he will continue treatment on February 9th. A previous brain... more »
  • Obama anti-Muslim bias hurts US, must be tackled 'head on'

    February 3, 2016 11:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says bias against any segment of American society tears at the fabric holding the nation together and must be tackled "head on." In an address Wednesday at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Obama pushed back against bias that Muslim Americans say is on the rise... more »
  • Shadowy companies, big bucks: Election mystery money returns

    February 3, 2016 11:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - Campaign money from shadowy sources is back this presidential election. And more than $4 million of it channeled to outside groups helping candidates came from unknown or masked donors. An Associated Press analysis of new campaign finance data finds more than two dozen obscure groups gave at least... more »
  • NCAA President Mark Emmert gets contract extension

    February 2, 2016 11:27 AM

    INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA says its board of governors has voted to extend the contract of President Mark Emmert for three years, through October 2020. The extension was approved during the NCAA convention last month in San Antonio. The vote included an option to add another year to the deal.... more »
  • Cruz takes Iowa; Clinton & Sanders nearly tied

    February 2, 2016 12:17 AM

    DES MOINES, IA - The Iowa caucus was full of surprises on both side of the political aisle. A record number of republican voters showed up to caucus. Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) led a crowded field of candidates with 28% of the vote. Donald Trump, who led most polls... more »
  • Caucusing Iowa...Street Play Video

    February 1, 2016 11:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Discussions were held in homes, gyms and churches Monday night in Iowa for the presidential caucuses. It's different from the primaries held around the country and in Louisiana. Republicans listen to speeches, discuss and cast their votes while Democrats vouch for a candidate and persuade others to... more »
  • America and its politics in flux as 2016 voting begins

    January 30, 2016 2:44 PM

    DES MOINES - First there was the promise of political change in Barack Obama's historic 2008 election. Then the pledge to upend Washington's ways after the 2010 tea party wave. But for some Americans, the change and disruption have come too slowly, or failed altogether. On the eve of the... more »
  • Trump launches fundraising website for veterans

    January 28, 2016 1:34 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has launched a new website for collecting donations to veterans ahead of his event on Thursday evening. The link, which Trump posted on Twitter, includes the seal of the Donald J. Trump Foundation, and a form for contributions. It says 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 »
  • Fighting in Iowa, Hillary Clinton fears repeat of 2008 loss

    January 27, 2016 11:35 AM

    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The campaign for Monday's presidential caucuses in Iowa is beginning to resemble a bad flashback for Hillary Clinton. Once again she finds herself barnstorming through the state's frozen stretches with a diminished lead in the polls and an underdog rival on the rise. Last time, in... more »
  • Obama says he doesn't yearn for third term

    January 24, 2016 4:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he wouldn't run for a third term even if he could. He says the presidency takes a toll on family life, and the office "should be continually renewed by new energy and new ideas." Obama tells CBS' "Sunday Morning" that he's not yearning for... more »
  • Obama wouldn't run for third term

    January 24, 2016 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he wouldn't run for a third term even if he could. He says the presidency takes a toll on family life, and the office "should be continually renewed by new energy and new ideas." Obama says in an interview airing on CBS he's not... more »
  • Trump: My supporters would stick with me through shooting

    January 23, 2016 3:16 PM

    SIOUX CENTER, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says his supporters are so loyal they would stick with him even if he stood in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shot somebody. Trump was addressing a rally Saturday at a Christian school, Dordt College, in Sioux Center, Iowa. In... more »
  • Bloomberg eyeing independent White House bid

    January 23, 2016 3:12 PM

    NEW YORK - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking early steps toward launching an independent campaign for president, seeing a potential path to the White House amid the rise of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders. The billionaire media executive, who served three terms as mayor of... more »
  • Obama: He'll be too emotional to speak at Malia's graduation

    January 20, 2016 3:14 PM

    DETROIT - Malia Obama's high school will have to find another commencement speaker when she graduates this year. Her father, President Barack Obama, says he'll be too emotional to get through a speech without crying. Obama told lunch guests in Detroit on Wednesday that he'll just "cry and sit there"... more »
  • Trump receives key endorsement from Sarah Palin

    January 19, 2016 4:59 PM

    AMES, Iowa - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump received a key endorsement Tuesday from conservative heavyweight Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor and former running mate of Sen. John McCain in his 2008 bid for the White House, is endorsing the billionaire businessman, according to a statement released by his... 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 »
  • Emotional week for student who introduced president, had speech stolen Play Video

    January 18, 2016 12:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It's been a roller coaster week for McKinley High School senior Che'dra Joseph. On Tuesday, she found out she was going to introduce President Barack Obama when he visited her school for a town hall event in two days. On the big day, she stood before... more »
  • Michelle Obama celebrates last birthday in White House

    January 17, 2016 12:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama is celebrating her birthday - and there's just one more of those big days while she's still in the White House. There's no word from the White House on how she plans to mark her 52nd birthday on Sunday. President Barack Obama threw a... more »
  • Signed Obama speech stolen from vehicle Play Video

    January 16, 2016 10:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said a thief who broke into cars at a McKinley High School basketball game didn't know what he had his hands on, and threw a speech signed by President Barack Obama into the trash. Officers arrested 17-year-old Keondrae Ricks after investigators said he and a... more »
  • Michigan Gov. asks Obama to declare emergency

    January 15, 2016 5:29 AM

    FLINT, MI- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is asking President Barack Obama to issue an emergency and major disaster declaration amid the Flint water crisis. Snyder's office said in a statement late Thursday night that it had asked for the declarations and is seeking additional federal aid for both individuals and... more »
  • Left outside but still glad to see president

    January 14, 2016 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 200 people lined the streets of Old South Baton Rouge to see President Obama's motorcade whiz by Thursday. They were left out in the cold, unable to get a ticket into his town hall meeting at McKinley Senior High. However, the conditions didn't put a... more »
  • In ride with president, mayor talked about being stuck in traffic Play Video

    January 14, 2016 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In an unusually brief ride down I-110 to I-10 and the College Drive area Wednesday night, Mayor Kip Holden took advantage of the president's ear to ask for help with a series of issues - most notably, the monster that is traffic. "The situation has reached... more »
  • President Obama left the 747 in Washington for his trip to Baton Rouge

    January 13, 2016 10:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - President Obama landed at Baton Rouge Metro Airport ahead of his estimated time of arrival Wednesday evening. Air Force One touched down about 7:42. He flew in a smaller airplane than the typical Boeing 747 famously associated with the Air Force One tag. Instead, he... more »
  • President arrives in Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 13, 2016 8:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards and Mayor Kip Holden welcomed the President to Louisiana shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday. President Obama will stay the night in Baton Rouge. Thursday, he is scheduled to speak at McKinley High School. The president arrived in a modified 757, not... more »
  • Louisiana's state education board has a new president

    January 13, 2016 3:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top school board has a new president. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has eight new members on the 11-member panel. The board voted Wednesday to place the only three returning members into leadership roles. Jim Garvey, a lawyer from Metairie, was... more »
  • President Obama to speak at McKinley High School

    January 11, 2016 1:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - President Barack Obama will speak at McKinley High School during his visit to Baton Rouge this week. The White House said Obama's visit is part of a post-State of the Union road trip where the president he will highlight items from his address Tuesday night "to... more »
  • Trump tells 3,000 in Reno NFL has gone 'soft' like the US

    January 10, 2016 7:21 PM

    RENO, Nev. - Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump says he doesn't watch professional football much anymore because the NFL has gone "soft" like the United States. Trump drew the analogy during a campaign speech to more than 3,000 people in downtown Reno on Sunday while casino sportsbooks were jammed with... 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 »
  • La.'s new governor working to set meeting during Obama visit

    January 8, 2016 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards hopes to meet with President Barack Obama when he's in Louisiana next week, but no meeting has been scheduled yet. The Obama administration announced the Democratic president will travel to Baton Rouge on Thursday, three days after Edwards is sworn into office as... more »
  • Obama to visit Baton Rouge next week Play Video

    January 8, 2016 1:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - President Barack Obama is scheduled to make his first trip to the Capital City during his presidency, according to an announcement from the White House Thursday night. Obama will visit the state capital next Thursday, Jan. 14. Other times and locations for the trip have yet... more »
  • Ted Cruz to hold Baton Rouge rally Monday

    January 7, 2016 12:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The campaign for Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz said he will be in Baton Rouge on Jan. 11 for a rally. The Texas senator will meet with Louisiana supporters at the BR Marriott's Grand Ballroom from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Organizers posted a link... more »
  • GOP candidates call for end to stigma around drug addiction

    January 5, 2016 2:02 PM

    HOOKSETT, N.H. - Republican presidential hopefuls are calling for a more compassionate discussion around drug addiction that focuses on substance abuse as a curable disease, not a moral failing. Candidates are gathering Tuesday for a forum on addiction in New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary and a state... more »
  • Obama moves to require background checks for more gun sales

    January 4, 2016 5:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is moving ahead on plans to require background checks for guns purchased from dealers even if they're bought online or at gun shows. The White House is coming out with a series of long-awaited executive steps aimed at curbing gun violence despite opposition in Congress... more »
  • Matassa, new Ascension Parish council sworn in

    January 4, 2016 2:50 PM

    GONZALES - Kenny Matassa has a lot to be grateful for at the beginning of 2016. Matassa was sworn in as president of Ascension Parish Monday, alongside the new and returning members of the parish council. In attendance for the swearing-in was his son Nick Matassa, who was badly... more »
  • Bill Clinton to stump for his wife, bringing old controversy

    January 4, 2016 11:41 AM

    KEENE, N.H. - Bill Clinton is back on the presidential campaign trail - and so is his baggage. For months, the former president has largely stayed out of the 2016 race, mentioned mostly in passing by Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Now, following days of attacks over his sexual history from... more »
  • Obama considers executive action on gun control

    January 1, 2016 11:08 AM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama says he can't "sit around and do nothing." So one of his early actions in the new year will be to meet Monday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss how to make it harder for "a dangerous few" to get their hands on guns.... more »
  • In final year, Obama seeks to stave off lame duck status

    December 26, 2015 4:00 PM

    BC-YE--Obama (Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. ) By AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama heads into the final quarter of his presidency with a string of wins, including an Asia-Pacific trade agreement and the historic nuclear accord with Iran. But Obama's last year as president also... 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 »
  • Christie-backed changes in gun rules get mixed reaction

    December 25, 2015 11:24 AM

    TRENTON, N.J. - Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie is fighting his image as weak on gun rights as he works to build support in New Hampshire, a key primary state. This week, the New Jersey governor endorsed the recommendations of a commission he established to examine his state's strict permitting... more »
  • Obama: Trump exploiting blue-collar fears in campaign

    December 21, 2015 2:08 PM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama, in a broadside against the leading Republican presidential candidate, says billionaire Donald Trump is "exploiting" the fears that working-class men in particular have about the economy and stagnant wages. In a year-end interview with NPR News, Obama said demographic changes combined with the "economic stresses"... more »
  • Lindsey Graham ends presidential campaign

    December 21, 2015 12:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - He's picked up such a small level of support in the presidential race, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham didn't even qualify for the undercard debate last month. And now, Graham is ending his campaign, while saying he remains committed to achieving security for the American people. Graham... 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 »
  • President dashes to Star Wars after last 2015 press conference

    December 18, 2015 4:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama covered a wide range of topics in his last press conference of 2015, then moved to the item on everyone's agenda. "Okay everybody, I've gotta get to Star Wars," Obama said as he ended Friday's media briefing. Obama finaliza conferencia de prensa:... more »
  • In climate deal, Obama sees legacy he hopes won't be undone

    December 14, 2015 6:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is counting on the global climate accord to leave a lasting imprint on the world, even as his opponents begin working to whittle it away. The agreement marks one of Obama's most significant diplomatic achievements. Getting nearly 200 countries to sign a carbon-cutting deal seemed... more »
  • Trump's doctor declares GOP candidate is in excellent health

    December 14, 2015 2:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump has released a letter from his physician declaring the Republican presidential candidate is in excellent health. The letter form Dr. Jacob Bornstein of Lenox Hill Hospital states that Trump has suffered no significant medical problems over the last 39 years. It claims his only surgery was... more »
  • Obama calls China's Xi to work together at talks

    December 11, 2015 10:39 AM

    PARIS - President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are recommitting to close cooperation toward a global climate agreement as talks head into overtime. Obama and Xi spoke on the phone on Thursday evening. The White House says Friday the call was to coordinate efforts at the talks outside... more »
  • New Orleans mayor slams Trump's remarks about Muslims

    December 8, 2015 5:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has joined other critics in condemning GOP presidential contender Donald Trump's proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States. In a statement Tuesday, Landrieu said Trump's comments are "absolutely disgraceful." Landrieu says Americans "must reject his poisonous rhetoric, which is reminiscent... more »
  • U. S. flags ordered to half-staff for California shooting victims

    December 3, 2015 12:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is ordering U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the shooting in California that left 14 people dead. The White House says Obama signed the proclamation Thursday. It calls for flags to remain at half-staff through Monday and affects... more »
  • Louisiana presidential primary sign-up period begins

    December 2, 2015 4:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Presidential candidates interested in being on Louisiana's March 5 primary ballot have started signing up. Qualifying for the presidential primary runs from Wednesday through Friday. Candidates either send a representative to qualify them by proxy or mail their paperwork into the Secretary of State's office. Democrats signing... more »
  • Louisiana presidential primary sign-up period is beginning

    December 2, 2015 4:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The sign-up period for presidential candidates interested in being on Louisiana's March 5 primary ballot is starting. Qualifying for the presidential primary runs from Wednesday through Friday. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he doesn't expect to see any presidential candidates show up in person to sign up... more »
  • Negotiators take heart at Obama climate change comments

    December 1, 2015 12:16 PM

    LE BOURGET, France - France's environment minister is welcoming U.S. President Barack Obama's pledge to push for a climate accord that includes legally binding promises. Obama said on the sidelines of climate negotiations in Paris that parts of the accord should be binding to hold countries accountable. But Obama's remarks... more »
  • Obama: Business needs seat in climate efforts

    November 30, 2015 6:28 PM

    PARIS - President Barack Obama says the private sector needs to have a seat at the table as the world's governments attempt to curb global warming. He says that governments will set the targets that nations will try to reach, but it will be scientists, private sector investors and workers... more »
  • Trump drops event with black pastors after some object

    November 29, 2015 9:10 PM

    JERSEY CITY - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has cancelled a press conference in which his campaign said he would be endorsed by as many as 100 black evangelical religious leaders. Many of those invited to the event say they had no intention of endorsing the billionaire businessman. An Ohio... more »
  • As many African-American see it, there are 2 Ben Carsons

    November 27, 2015 10:40 AM

    FORT LAUDERDALE - As many black voters see it, there are two Ben Carsons. There's the renowned doctor and inspirational speaker. And then there's the Republican presidential candidate who pushes conservative politics and wants to "de-emphasize race." How voters reconcile the two may determine whether Republicans can dent the support... more »
  • GOP campaign rhetoric has Muslim-Americans on edge

    November 24, 2015 4:16 PM

    TRENTON, N.J. - Muslim-Americans who sued the New York Police Department over a surveillance program launched after 9/11 are on edge over the call for more surveillance from some Republican presidential candidates. They say rhetoric from the campaign is recklessly playing on people's fears. Donald Trump has said law enforcement... more »
  • Obama says Turkey has right to defend airspace

    November 24, 2015 12:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey points to an "ongoing problem" with Russia's airstrikes in Syria. Obama says Turkey "has a right to defend its territory and its airspace." And he says that Russia is operating very close to the Turkish border... more »
  • Obama says U. S. stands with France in destroying Islamic State

    November 24, 2015 12:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the Islamic State group cannot be tolerated and must be destroyed. He says the U.S. and France must destroy it together. Obama is speaking after an Oval Office meeting with French President Francois Hollande. Obama says he and Hollande agreed the nations in the... more »
  • No recount for Ascension Parish president's race Play Video

    November 24, 2015 10:24 AM

    GONZALES - After losing the Ascension Parish president's seat by only 115 votes over the weekend, Clint Cointment officially conceded Tuesday morning and said he will not seek a full recount of the vote. Kenny Matassa won the election for parish president Saturday night, but the margin was close... more »
  • Just over 100 votes decides Ascension Parish president

    November 21, 2015 10:52 PM

    GONZALES - For the first time in 25 years, voters elected a new president for Ascension Parish. Kenny Matassa defeated Clint Cointment by only 115 votes Saturday night -- 15,078 to 14,963. He will replace four-term President Tommy Martinez, who announced a year ago he would not run... more »
  • Jindal says state will be better no matter who's elected governor

    November 18, 2015 9:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he has a plan to help Louisiana get out of the fiscal hole it's in and back in the black, without raising taxes. In his first press conference since ending his presidential campaign, Jindal provided no details about the plan. He... more »

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