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  • Trump unveils tax plan that would lower taxes for millions

    September 28, 2015 11:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is calling for an overhaul of the tax code that would eliminate income taxes for millions of Americans, and lower them for the rich. Trump is unveiling his tax plan at a press conference Monday at Trump Tower in Manhattan. The... more »
  • Obama's personal ties with Xi yield mixed policy results

    September 24, 2015 4:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has invested more time building personal ties with Chinese President Xi Jinping than with most other world leaders. But as Xi arrives in Washington late Thursday for a state visit, it's clear that Obama's overtures have produced decidedly mixed results. During intimate walks and hours... more »
  • Pope calls for action on climate change

    September 23, 2015 10:05 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- The pope says climate change is an urgent problem that "can no longer be left to a future generation." Francis waded into that hot-button political issue in remarks at the White House, where President Barack Obama and a crowd of thousands welcomed him. The pope praised Obama for... 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 »
  • Ranks thinning, mainstream GOP candidates try to adapt

    September 22, 2015 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - Scott Walker and Rick Perry entered the 2016 presidential race with a combined 18 years of experience as governors. They exited the Republican primary- the first candidates to do so - with negligible support and dwindling bank accounts. Their swift demise is a warning to others who hope... more »
  • Republican presidential hopeful Carson blames 'P.C. culture'

    September 22, 2015 12:25 PM

    SHARONVILLE, Ohio - Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says "P.C. culture" is to blame for the fallout over his statement against electing a Muslim president. Carson tells reporters in Ohio on Tuesday that his view is that anyone wanting to be president must embrace the Constitution and American principles. He... more »
  • Scott Walker to drop out of GOP presidential race

    September 21, 2015 4:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will announce later Monday that he is dropping out of the GOP race for the White House, sources tell CNN. CNN reported Monday that a GOP strategist close to the campaign and a senior GOP adviser with knowledge of Walker's plans said the... 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 »
  • Jindal qualifies for South Carolina primary

    September 18, 2015 6:37 PM

    CHARLESTON, S. C. - Governor Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign moved on from his debate performance this week to South Carolina. Jindal qualified as a candidate for the state's primary Friday, filing paperwork to appear on the Feb. 20 ballot. The Louisiana governor is still polling at the bottom... more »
  • Trump criticized for not correcting questioner who said Obama is Muslim

    September 18, 2015 11:33 AM

    ROCHESTER, N.H. - Donald Trump's campaign manager says Trump had trouble hearing a question yesterday from a man at a town hall event in New Hampshire who incorrectly stated that President Barack Obama is a Muslim. Trump has been criticized for declining to correct the questioner. Trump was a... more »
  • Trump's rivals eye more aggressive stance in second debate

    September 16, 2015 8:55 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- In the first Republican presidential debate, most candidates took a hands-off approach to Donald Trump and hoped the brash billionaire would hurt himself. Instead, he only got stronger. The billionaire's unexpected durability has some of his rivals shifting their strategy for Wednesday's second showdown. Now their goal is... more »
  • In Iowa, Obama looks to leave his imprint on 2016 race

    September 14, 2015 12:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - Presidential candidates are a common sight in Iowa as the 2016 campaign intensifies. But on Monday, the White House hopefuls will have some competition from the man they're running to succeed. President Barack Obama will spend the afternoon in Des Moines, the capital of the kickoff caucus state... more »
  • Senate Democrats block disapproval vote on Iran deal

    September 10, 2015 2:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Iran nuclear deal has survived a key vote in the Senate, in a victory for President Barack Obama. Democrats held together to block a resolution of disapproval against the deal. The vote was 58-42 in favor of proceeding, but 60 votes were needed for the resolution... more »
  • Obama trying to boost free community college plan

    September 9, 2015 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has been unable to get Congress to approve free access to the nation's community colleges. Now he's trying to boost state and local programs that do just that. Obama is teaming up with Jill Biden, the wife of the vice president, on Thursday for a... more »
  • LSU administrators expressed interest in Reveille cuts

    September 9, 2015 7:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Records show LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander requested a briefing on student media strategy last month after leaders met with Reveille alumni and other interested parties about the future of the campus newspaper. Emails show that university administrators were interested in being kept up-to-speed on ongoing... more »
  • Clinton says private email was a 'mistake,' she's 'sorry'

    September 8, 2015 4:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton says her use of a private email account was a "mistake," adding that she is "sorry" and takes responsibility for the decision. Clinton offers the apology in an interview with ABC News on Tuesday after declining to do so previously. On Friday, she didn't apologize... more »
  • Courting unions on Labor Day, Obama pushes paid sick leave

    September 7, 2015 11:50 AM

    BOSTON - President Barack Obama says Republicans who stand in the way of helping workers have been wrecking the economy for "a long, long time." Obama is marking Labor Day by addressing a major union rally and breakfast in Boston. He says he's glad Republicans are trying to rebrand themselves... more »
  • Trump signs pledge to back GOP's 2016 presidential nominee

    September 3, 2015 2:16 PM

    NEW YORK - Donald Trump says he has signed a Republican loyalty pledge to back the GOP's 2016 nominee for president and skip a potential third-party bid. The billionaire businessman and presidential candidate roiled the GOP race when he refused to make such a promise in the campaign's first debate.... more »
  • Kanye for 2020? White House welcomes rapper's political bid

    August 31, 2015 2:59 PM

    AIR FORCE ONE - Kanye West for 2020? The White House says it is anticipating the rapper's potential bid for president. West claimed he would run for president while accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest... more »
  • West, Cyrus and Minaj make headlines at MTV Video Music Awards

    August 31, 2015 8:29 AM

    LOS ANGELES- Taylor Swift has won MTV's video of the year. Swift won the top prize for "Bad Blood" last night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. She also presented Kanye West with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. West, who said he got high before going onstage Sunday,... more »
  • White House says Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali

    August 30, 2015 5:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's changing the name of the tallest mountain in North America from Mount McKinley to Denali. He's giving the mountain its traditional Alaska Native name on the eve of a historic presidential visit to Alaska. Denali is an Athabascan word meaning "the high one."... more »
  • Bush returns to New Orleans for 10th anniversary of Katrina

    August 28, 2015 8:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former President George W. Bush says today is a day to celebrate the resurgence of New Orleans schools. Bush spoke at a ceremony at Warren Easton Charter High School. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the state took over almost all the city's schools, which... more »
  • Obama pushing for more clean energy choices for consumers

    August 24, 2015 9:03 AM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama wants to give Americans more power to choose what kind of power they use. The president is traveling to Las Vegas on Monday to attend a clean energy conference. He'll announce new efforts to make it easier for homeowners and businesses to invest in green energy... more »
  • Bush defends use of term 'anchor babies' on talk radio

    August 20, 2015 3:15 PM

    KEENE- Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush is defending his use of the term "anchor babies" on a talk radio show to describe children born to immigrants living illegally in the United States. He says he supports the concept of birthright citizenship. Asked by reporters Thursday if he thinks the term... more »
  • Ex-President Bush to commemorate Katrina in Gulfport

    August 20, 2015 2:29 PM

    GULFPORT - Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush will visit Gulfport on Aug. 28 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The announcement was made Thursday in a news release from the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. The Bushes will attend a... more »
  • Jimmy Carter to discuss cancer diagnosis publicly

    August 20, 2015 8:20 AM

    ATLANTA- Former President Jimmy Carter plans to discuss his recent cancer diagnosis for the first time since announcing his illness. Carter is scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday morning in Atlanta. The event is closed to the public. The 90-year-old announced this month that recent liver surgery found cancer... more »
  • Obama to visit New Orleans for 10th anniversary of hurricane

    August 19, 2015 11:25 AM

    EDGARTOWN - President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans next week to mark the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The powerful storm struck Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005, causing significant damage to the Gulf Coast and forcing a storm surge that breached New Orleans' levee system and flooded large... more »
  • GOP hopeful Huckabee says West Bank is part of Israel

    August 18, 2015 1:47 PM

    JERUSALEM - Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee waded into Middle East politics by declaring the West Bank to be part of Israel. Huckabee made the remarks Tuesday while visiting a West Bank settlement. He told reporters "if you're going to visit Israel you should visit all of Israel, and that... more »
  • McConnell acknowledges difficulty in blocking Iran deal

    August 17, 2015 5:51 PM

    GEORGETOWN, KY - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell grudgingly acknowledges President Barack Obama has "a great likelihood of success" in his showdown with congressional Republicans on the Iran nuclear deal. The GOP-led Senate and House are expected to turn down the deal next month. Obama has pledged to... more »
  • Trump released from New York jury duty, now back to campaign

    August 17, 2015 4:29 PM

    NEW YORK - Donald Trump has been sent home without being picked for a jury. The billionaire candidate for president reported for jury duty in New York City on Monday. He was released at the end of the day without being selected to serve on a case. He has now... more »
  • Jimmy Carter says he has cancer, revealed by recent surgery

    August 12, 2015 4:40 PM

    ATLANTA - Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, says "Our thoughts and prayers go out to President Carter." Lichtenfeld says, "There's a lot we don't know," but the first task likely will be determining where the cancer originated, as that can help determine... more »
  • Jindal, other Republicans square off in debate

    August 6, 2015 8:55 PM

    CLEVELAND, OH - He wasn't among the seven GOP presidential candidates selected by the Fox News Channel to take part in today's pre-debate, but Donald Trump was criticized by two of the candidates. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Trump is "using his celebrity rather than his conservatism." Trump has... more »
  • Jindal misses cut for first GOP presidential debate

    August 4, 2015 6:08 PM

    CLEVELAND - Fox News has named the Republican candidates who will take part in Thursday night's debate - the first of the 2016 White House campaign. Governor Bobby Jindal did not make the cut, along with some big names from 2012 including Rick Santorum - the winner of that... more »
  • President Obama hosts first White House Demo Day

    August 4, 2015 12:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is hosting top innovators and startup founders from across the country for the first White House Demo Day. The White House will showcase work Tuesday by more than 30 startup teams of women, minorities and young people - all underrepresented in entrepreneurship. The exhibits... more »
  • Jindal piggybacks #CeciltheLion to push Planned Parenthood videos

    July 30, 2015 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - What do a lion shot by a trophy hunter in Africa and sting videos of a Planned Parenthood executive have in common? For Governor Bobby Jindal, they were a way to try and get his views out on social media during the crowded GOP presidential race.... more »
  • Jindal back on campaign trail

    July 28, 2015 1:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal is back on the campaign trail, taking jabs at Hillary Clinton on Twitter Tuesday. Jindal, who suspended his presidential campaign after the deadly theater shooting in Lafayette last week, criticized Clinton's refusal to take a stance on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.... more »
  • Obama says he could win a third term

    July 28, 2015 11:39 AM

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Could President Barack Obama win a third term in office? He's convinced that he could -- if he were allowed to do so. Speaking in Ethiopia today, Obama urged African leaders to leave office peacefully after their terms expire. As for his own situation,... 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 »
  • Obama opens first visit to Ethiopia by US president

    July 26, 2015 12:12 PM

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - President Barack Obama is making the first-ever visit by an American president to Ethiopia. Obama arrived in the capital of Addis Ababa from Kenya, where he made a historic return to the country of his father's birth. He'll meet with Ethiopian leaders and speak at... more »
  • Jindal suspends presidential campaign after shooting

    July 24, 2015 1:01 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Governor Bobby Jindal said he is suspending his presidential campaign activities in the wake of a deadly shooting at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette. Jindal made the announcement while appearing on Fox and Friends. He did not say how long he would remain off the campaign trail.... more »
  • Jindal absent from governors conference

    July 23, 2015 11:51 AM

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Money to repair highways, rising health care costs and controversies surrounding attempts to combat global warming are among topics the nation's governors plan to tackle when they gather this week in West Virginia. The National Governors Association summer meeting, which runs Thursday through Saturday at The... more »
  • Obama and Kenya: 1st trip to father's homeland as president

    July 22, 2015 3:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - When Barack Obama visited Kenya for the first time nearly 30 years ago, he was astonished that an airport worker recognized his last name. It was a striking experience for the future president. He was a young man struggling to understand how a country that he had never... more »
  • Ohio Gov. Kasich is 16th notable entry into GOP race

    July 21, 2015 12:19 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the latest entry into the 2016 Republican presidential race. The outspoken swing-state governor declared his candidacy Tuesday at Ohio State University. He told a crowd of 2,000: "The sun is going to rise to the zenith in America again." He's the 16th... more »
  • Governor offers national guard to protect military facilities

    July 17, 2015 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The governor is making the Louisiana National Guard available to protect military facilities in Louisiana. The move was announced late Friday, in an executive order by the governor's press staff. The governor was not in the state , but campaigning for president in Iowa where he... more »
  • '41' hospitalized after fall

    July 15, 2015 10:41 PM

    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized after a fall at his summer home here, CNN.com reported late Wednesday evening. A family spokesperson said Bush, who was president from January 1989 to January 1993, broke his vertebrae in his neck but should recover completely. The spokesperson... more »
  • Trump campaign sets his personal fortune at $10 billion

    July 15, 2015 3:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has unveiled new documents setting his personal fortune at more than $10 billion. The businessman says he filed his personal financial disclosure with federal regulators on Tuesday afternoon. The figure makes Trump the wealthiest person ever to run for president, far surpassing previous... more »
  • Landmark agreement reached on Iran's nuclear program

    July 14, 2015 7:53 AM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says every path to a nuclear weapon will be cut off for Iran under a historic agreement announced in Vienna. Obama spoke from the White House Tuesday morning after the deal was announced. Addressing skeptics of the agreement, Obama said, "This deal is not built on... more »
  • As Republican infighting grows, donors call for calm

    July 6, 2015 6:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - Worried about "Republican on Republican violence," top party donors are taking action, with one firing off a letter calling for more civility and another seeking to block businessman Donald Trump from the debate stage altogether. Foster Friess, a Wyoming-based investor and one of the party's top 20 donors... more »
  • Man charged with threatening Obama's life in online post

    July 6, 2015 12:13 PM

    BOSTON - A Massachusetts man has been charged with posting on an FBI website that he planned to kill President Barack Obama. Andrew O'Keefe, of Mansfield, has been charged with a felony count of posting an online threat against the president. According to court documents, when law enforcement officers tried... more »
  • Obama heads to Pentagon for meetings on Islamic State

    July 6, 2015 11:02 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is making a rare visit to the Pentagon today to get an update from military leaders on the campaign against the Islamic State. Obama's meetings follow a wave of weekend airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition in eastern Syria. The coalition says it was one... more »
  • In Iowa, Jindal laughs with voter who asks 'What are you up to?'

    July 1, 2015 11:13 PM

    OMAHA - Governor Bobby Jindal was in a suburb of this metro area Wednesday, shaking hands and taking pictures with voters. Jindal and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee were in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Both discussed issues they see as important to voters, especially gay marriage. "I support federal... more »
  • Christie says he's running in 2016 to 'change the world'

    June 30, 2015 11:37 AM

    LIVINGSTON, NJ - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has launched a 2016 campaign for president. The Republican governor formally announced his plans in a Tuesday morning event in the gymnasium of his old high school. He says both political parties "have failed our country" in an announcement speech calling for... more »
  • NBC severs ties with Trump, including Miss USA

    June 29, 2015 2:22 PM

    NEW YORK - NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign. NBC said it would no longer air the annual "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants, which... more »
  • Jindal, Louisiana 'has no choice' on same sex marriage

    June 28, 2015 7:33 PM

    Gov. Bobby Jindal appeared on MSNBC's 'Meet The Press' on Sunday. The GOP hopeful stated that Louisiana was "going to comply with the court order" regarding same sex marriage. After agreeing that the state has no choice, he said that Louisiana's "agencies will comply with the court order.... 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 »
  • Jindal's family reacts to the Governor's presidential run check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 24, 2015 11:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Bobby Jindal's family was out in full support of the Governor as he announced his candidacy for president Wednesday. His brother told News Two he didn't even know what Jindal's announcement would be until a few days ago. "I found out just in the last... more »
  • The 2016 list

    June 24, 2015 10:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Jindal announced he was running for president today in Kenner. He marks the 17th candidate to announce running for the Oval Office. He is the 13th Republican going into the primary. Here is a compiled list of current candidates running for the title in alphabetical order... more »
  • Jindal launches 2016 campaign by blasting big government check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 24, 2015 6:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - With Garth Brooks blaring behind him, Governor Bobby Jindal charged into his first speech as a 2016 presidential candidate by blasting big government, Democrats in Washington, and even his own party. In his first speech as a presidential candidate Jindal touted his record of cuts as... more »
  • Jindal makes presidential run official

    June 24, 2015 8:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal made his future plans official just before noon Wednesday, posting online that he was running for president. Jindal posted the announcement on his Twitter account and campaign website , which included a video of him talking with his children about his plans to... more »
  • Jindal announces administration changes

    June 22, 2015 8:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal is just days away from announcing his plans for the future. On Wednesday he's expected to reveal he's running for president. Jindal made some changes to his political administration on Friday. Director of Legislative Affairs Melissa Mann will take over for Kyle Plotkin as... more »
  • Jindal strips budget language aimed at his campaign travel

    June 19, 2015 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has vetoed state lawmakers' attempt to curb taxpayer spending on the Republican governor's campaign travel as he readies a 2016 presidential bid. Jindal stripped language from next year's budget that would have prohibited the Louisiana State Police from paying for the governor's security detail... more »
  • Trump jumps in 2016 race, bold as ever

    June 16, 2015 1:07 PM

    NEW YORK -The Donald is running for president. Real-estate mogul and reality-television star Donald Trump said Tuesday he will seek the Republican nomination for president. He's the 12th high-profile Republican to enter the 2016 race, with more to come in the weeks ahead. "All of my life, I... more »
  • After 6 months of consideration, Jeb Bush ready for '16 race

    June 15, 2015 7:49 AM

    WASHINGTON- Jeb Bush is ready to launch a presidential campaign months in the making with a focus on the "most vulnerable in our society." Six months after he got the 2016 campaign started by saying he was considering a bid, the 62-year-old former Florida governor will formally enter the race... more »
  • Belton named new Southern U president/chancellor check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 12, 2015 2:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Southern University System Board of Supervisors has selected Dr. Ray Belton as president and chancellor of the Southern University System in a 13-1 vote Friday. Belton is a graduate of Southern University at Baton Rouge and Shreveport and has led the Shreveport campus since 2000.... more »
  • Southern to pick new president

    June 12, 2015 9:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Southern University is expected to name its next president today. The two finalists, Ray Belton and Ivory Toldson, met with students, teachers, and alumni on Thursday to garner support. One of them will take over for the outgoing president, Ronald Mason. The university's board decided not to... more »
  • Southern president-chancellor search down to 2 candidates

    June 9, 2015 7:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Southern University's search for a new president and chancellor is now down to two finalists, after one person said he's no longer interested in the job. Chicago Family Health CEO Barrett Hatches was among the six people who interviewed for the newly merged position last month. But recently,... more »
  • Jindal presidential announcement details revealed

    June 8, 2015 4:13 PM

    KENNER - An online event posting detailed how Governor Bobby Jindal may announce his presidential bid in a few weeks. The Eventbrite posting for "Geaux Bobby: A Special Announcement From Governor Bobby Jindal" said the governor will make his announcement at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner June 24 at... more »
  • Senators don't want state police to pay for campaign travel

    June 8, 2015 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators don't think the state police should have to pay Gov. Bobby Jindal's security detail costs if he's traveling the country to run for president. The Senate voted 29-5 Monday to prohibit the Louisiana State Police from paying out of its budget "for traveling with the... more »
  • Jindal to announce political plans later this month

    June 3, 2015 8:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Jindal is expected to announce his future political plans in just three weeks. According to his chief political advisor, the governor will reveal if he's running for president on June 24th in New Orleans. Governor Jindal formed a campaign exploratory committee in May, and has hinted... more »
  • Lindsey Graham launches 2016 bid

    June 1, 2015 12:16 PM

    CENTRAL, S.C. - South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has kicked off his presidential campaign. He launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in the small South Carolina town called Central, where he grew up. He told supporters Monday: "I'm ready. I want to be president to defeat... more »
  • Former Southern chancellor, system president dies at 78

    June 1, 2015 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Southern University System family is mourning Monday as former SU System President Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes has passed away at age 78. "We are profoundly saddened by the news of President Emeritus Dolores Spikes' death. She was a devout daughter of Southern University who became... more »
  • SU announces three finalists for chancellor-president post

    May 28, 2015 11:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The search committee overseeing the process of selecting the new chancellor-president of both Southern University in Baton Rouge and the Southern University System announced finalists for the combined position Thursday evening. System President Ronald Mason's contract expires June 30, and the Baton Rouge campus has been... more »
  • When popping the question to @POTUS, anything goes

    May 28, 2015 3:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Give people a chance to pop a question to POTUS, and they'll take the invitation and run with it. President Barack Obama took to Twitter on Thursday for his first Q-and-A since setting up his POTUS handle last week. The suggested subject was climate change. But plenty of... more »
  • Blatter: Corruption cases shame, humiliate soccer

    May 28, 2015 12:01 PM

    ZURICH - FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he intends to help restore trust in world soccer after a pair of corruption investigations brought "shame and humiliation" on the sport. Blatter spoke publicly for the first time since the corruption scandals broke Wednesday and threw FIFA into crisis ahead of Friday's... more »
  • Grambling State president search narrowed to 8 candidates

    May 26, 2015 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A committee set up to find the next president of Grambling State University will meet Friday to pick semifinalists for the job. On Tuesday the committee received the applications of eight candidates recommended for the job by the Hollins Group, a firm hired to conduct the search... more »
  • Boy Scouts' leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

    May 21, 2015 12:43 PM

    NEW YORK - The national president of the Boy Scouts, Robert Gates, says the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and is urging change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles. In a speech Thursday in Atlanta to the Scouts' national annual... more »
  • Obama's trade agenda clears key Senate hurdle

    May 21, 2015 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's trade agenda has cleared a key Senate hurdle to move toward a final vote. The Senate has topped the 60 votes needed to begin substantive action on Obama's bid for "fast track" negotiating authority. The vote was 62-38. Obama says fast track authority will improve... more »
  • Obama gets his own POTUS account, joins Twitter age

    May 18, 2015 2:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is embracing short-form communication. Twitter has a new POTUS account. For years, White House officials have used Twitter to communicate White House policy and occasional personal observations. But Obama himself stayed out of the social media fray. No longer. With a frugal 91-character message -... more »
  • Jindal forms exploratory committee for presidential race

    May 18, 2015 12:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced Monday he's created an exploratory committee to examine his chances at running for president. Jindal's committee also launched BobbyJindal.com to seek donations and supporters. "We must fight to make sure the next generation is not the first generation to inherit fewer... more »
  • Analysis: Jindal's presidential motivations

    May 15, 2015 9:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Almost anyone who follows politics assumes Governor Jindal will run for president. Some are calling it "the worst kept secret in Louisiana." Jindal's staff has said the governor will announce whether or not he's running after Louisiana's legislative session ends in June. However, his chances of winning... more »
  • Analysis: Jindal's presidential motivations

    May 15, 2015 7:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Almost anyone who follows politics assumes Governor Jindal will run for president. Some are calling it "the worst kept secret in Louisiana." Jindal's staff has said the governor will announce whether or not he's running after Louisiana's legislative session ends in June. However, his chances of winning... more »
  • Perry announcing June 4 if he'll run again for president

    May 15, 2015 12:00 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will say next month whether he's running for president. Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history. He's been traveling in Iowa and other early-voting states to explore a second campaign for the White House. A spokesman says the Republican former governor... more »
  • 2 WWI heroes at last to be recognized with Medal of Honor

    May 14, 2015 4:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - Nearly 100 years after their heroics on the battlefields of France, two World War I veterans will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor next month by President Barack Obama. Army Sgt. William Shemin, who was Jewish, raced across the battlefield three times to pull wounded comrades to... more »
  • GOP field grows: Fiorina, Carson to launch presidential bids

    May 4, 2015 4:54 AM

    WASHINGTON- Former technology executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson are set to launch their runs for president. Fiorina is likely to be the only prominent woman to seek the GOP nomination, with Carson the only likely African-American. They are both also political outsiders in a field likely to... more »
  • Obama: Truth about what happened in Baltimore must come out

    May 1, 2015 12:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says it's "absolutely vital" that the truth about what happened to Freddie Gray comes out. Obama commented Friday shortly after Baltimore's top prosecutor announced criminal charges against the six police officers who were suspected after the 25-year-old Baltimore man suffered a fatal spinal injury in... more »
  • Fiorina aims to keep Clinton from playing the 'gender card'

    April 17, 2015 12:57 PM

    NASHUA, N.H. - Carly Fiorina wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the "gender card" in the 2016 presidential race. But the lone Republican woman eyeing the White House is taking a page from the gender politics playbook herself. Fiorina is a former business executive with limited political experience.... more »
  • White House backs compromise Iran bill in Senate

    April 14, 2015 1:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama would be willing to sign a compromise bill giving Congress a say on the emerging nuclear deal with Iran. Republicans and Democrats on a key Senate panel reached a compromise Tuesday. The compromise shortens the congressional review period and makes other... more »
  • LSU applying pressure to stem higher ed cuts

    April 13, 2015 11:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU President F. King Alexander continued his full-court press to prevent crippling cuts to higher education as the legislative session got underway. Alexander sent an email Monday morning detailing the university's goals during the session to LSU alumni and those following the school's funding fight. ... more »
  • Hillary Clinton officially running for president

    April 12, 2015 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president. A top adviser says the former first lady, senator and secretary of state has made it official in an email message to veterans of her first presidential campaign. After today's announcement, she's expected to travel soon to early voting... more »
  • Jindal won't release emails from time in office

    April 10, 2015 3:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's office has refused to release any of the Republican governor's emails from his two terms, saying the messages are either protected from disclosure under state law or personal in nature. The Associated Press filed a public records request seeking the documents from the governor,... more »

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