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  • 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 »
  • Carson says he'd support monitoring of 'un-American' groups

    November 21, 2015 5:25 PM

    COLUMBIA - Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he would support government monitoring of any group deemed radical and "un-American." Carson made his comments Saturday when asked about rival Donald Trump's suggestion that he'd monitor American Muslims as part of the government's counterterrorism effort against Islamic State militants. Carson says... 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 »
  • Obama promises to veto bill that would bolster checks on Syrian refugees

    November 19, 2015 6:07 AM

    WASHINGTON- Republicans are ready to push legislation through the House erecting fresh hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States. President Barack Obama is promising a veto. Many Democrats say the effort is election-season grandstanding, but political pressures are pushing others to support it. Republicans are... more »
  • Lawmaker suggests a camp to segregate Syrian refugees in US

    November 18, 2015 3:49 PM

    PROVIDENCE - A Republican state senator says Syrian refugees should be segregated in a camp if Rhode Island accepts them. WPRI-TV reports Sen. Elaine Morgan emailed a member of the public Tuesday and the message was inadvertently sent to lawmakers. Morgan joined other local Republicans in saying the Democratic governor... more »
  • Ryan: House refugee bill won't have religious test

    November 18, 2015 12:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan says a Republican bill the chamber plans to vote on this week won't limit Syrian and Iraqi refugees admitted to this country based on their religions. The Wisconsin Republican's description of the legislation contrasted with remarks by some GOP presidential candidates. Former Florida Gov.... more »
  • Bush calls for US ground forces to fight Islamic State

    November 18, 2015 7:09 AM

    CHARLESTON - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says the United States must commit U.S. ground forces to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State. In a speech in South Carolina, Bush says "air power is essential" but cannot by itself rid Syria and Iraq of the extremist Islamic group.... more »
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal suspends presidential campaign check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 17, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday evening he is suspending his campaign for the presidency. Jindal made the announcement on Fox News, saying "This is not my time. I've come to the realization that this is not my time." Jindal had polled at around one percent... more »
  • GOP student group apologizes over protest tweet

    November 9, 2015 4:20 PM

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - A University of Missouri Republican student group is apologizing for a tweet likening students protesting the school's handling of racial issues with Islamic extremism. The Mizzou College Republicans deleted the Monday morning tweet and said in a follow-up tweet that the post was "the opinion of... more »
  • Christie, Huckabee relegated to undercard at next GOP debate

    November 5, 2015 7:13 PM

    NEWARK - Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee have been relegated out of prime-time and onto the undercard at next week's GOP presidential debate. And former New York Gov. George Pataki won't appear at all. That's the decision announced Thursday night by Fox Business, which is hosting next Tuesday's debates. Eight... more »
  • Rubio says he'll release charge card records in coming weeks

    November 4, 2015 5:35 PM

    MANCHESTER - Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio says that in the next few weeks he'll release the statements of an American Express card he shared with the Florida Republican Party. Rubio had the party-issued card from February 2005 to November 2008. During his 2010 U.S. Senate bid, news broke... more »
  • Vitter makes criminal sentencing an issue in governor's race

    November 3, 2015 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican candidate David Vitter has made efforts to rework criminal sentencing laws a flashpoint in Louisiana's governor's race. Vitter is running a TV ad saying his Democratic opponent John Bel Edwards wants to release "dangerous thugs" from prison. He ties Edwards to President Barack Obama, who... more »
  • Former Sen. Fred Thompson, had TV and film roles, dead at 73

    November 1, 2015 6:21 PM

    NASHVILLE - Fred Thompson, a Republican U.S. senator for eight years who also acted in feature films and on television, has died, his family says in a statement. The statement says he died in Nashville after a recurrence of lymphoma at 73. Thompson, a lawyer, alternated between politics and acting... more »
  • Bush-Rubio rivalry intensifies as Iowa caucuses draw closer

    October 31, 2015 7:00 PM

    DES MOINES - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is in Iowa trying to muster support. He was among 10 presidential candidates to appear today at the Iowa Republican Party's Growth and Opportunity forum, a tailgate-themed festival at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, and the last multicandidate event before... more »
  • Day after debate, Rubio looks beyond primary toward Clinton

    October 29, 2015 6:34 PM

    MIAMI - Marco Rubio is trying to build on his well-reviewed performance in the GOP debate by lashing out at Hillary Rodham Clinton. Beginning where he left off in Wednesday night's debate, the Florida senator accused the former secretary of state of not telling the truth about what happened in... more »
  • It's official - Ryan will be new House speaker

    October 29, 2015 11:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has presented newly minted Speaker Paul Ryan with a gavel he's used as House Ways and Means Committee chairman. Ryan just was elected to take over for Rep. John Boehner as speaker. A tearful Boehner exited the chamber to tears and applause... more »
  • Hastert set to plead guilty in hush-money case

    October 28, 2015 7:46 AM

    CHICAGO- Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday in his hush-money case as part of an agreement with prosecutors. The hearing in Chicago federal court will be the 73-year-old Republican's first court appearance since entering his initial not guilty plea in June. An indictment accused him... more »
  • Caldwell to face Landry in AG runoff

    October 24, 2015 11:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Attorney General Buddy Caldwell will face GOP former Congressman Jeff Landry in a November runoff to determine who will fill the next term as Louisiana's chief lawyer. Caldwell and Landry were the top two vote-getters in Saturday's election and will head to the Nov. 21 ballot.... more »
  • GOP's Vitter advances to runoff against Edwards

    October 24, 2015 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter has survived challenges from two GOP rivals to reach a November runoff in the Louisiana governor's race. He'll face Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards on the Nov. 21 ballot. Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, both... more »
  • Buddy Caldwell fighting to hang onto job as attorney general

    October 22, 2015 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- In the attack-heavy race for Louisiana attorney general, the focus is squarely on Republican incumbent Buddy Caldwell. Opponents in Saturday's election have accused Caldwell of pay-for-play politics, incompetence and office mismanagement. He's fending off the attacks with criticisms of his own, accusing chief Republican rival Jeff Landry of... more »
  • Jindal garners asterisk in CNN poll, mulls skipping undercard debate

    October 20, 2015 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Bobby Jindal failed to receive the necessary 2.5 percent support in a CNN poll to earn his place on the main stage event at the next Republican national debate. In the latest CNN/ORC poll published Tuesday, Jindal joined Jim Gilmore and George Pataki with less than... more »
  • Republican candidates take aim at each other during anti-lawsuit forum check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 13, 2015 7:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Two Republican candidates for governor went after each other Tuesday at an anti-lawsuit forum in Baton Rouge. Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne made a not-so-subtle allusion to U.S. Senator David Vitter’s prostitution scandal in 2007 when referencing contributions to the Senator’s campaign. “Louisiana is not going... more »
  • Costs of Jindal's state police security detail has doubled

    October 13, 2015 7:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The cost of Gov. Bobby Jindal's security detail has doubled to more than $3 million since the Republican governor entered office nearly eight years ago. The Louisiana State Police says the hefty price increase isn't largely driven by Jindal's frequent out-of-state travel, but more by a sizable pay... 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 »
  • Jindal says McConnell should step down

    September 25, 2015 4:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is calling on the GOP's top senator to step down. The Louisiana governor told The Associated Press on Friday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should follow the lead of House Speaker John Boehner, who announced earlier in the day plans to... 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 »
  • Caldwell, Landry in close fundraising competition in AG race

    September 25, 2015 9:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- In Louisiana's attorney general's race, Republican incumbent Buddy Caldwell is locked in a tight fundraising competition with one GOP opponent, former Congressman Jeff Landry. Caldwell ended the latest two-month fundraising period ahead of the Oct. 24 election with nearly $1.2 million in the bank after raising $179,000. Landry... more »
  • GOP pragmatists protest tea party shutdown tactics

    September 23, 2015 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Rank-and-file Republican lawmakers are protesting the tactics of tea party colleagues who demand that legislation to keep the government open also take away federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Eleven GOP House freshmen say they support a short-term funding bill needed to guarantee the government won't shut down next... 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 »
  • 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'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 »
  • Jay Dardenne unveils his first TV ad in La. governor's race

    September 16, 2015 7:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Republican candidate for governor Jay Dardenne has started his TV advertising, pitching himself as a nonpartisan, straight talker who will "make Louisiana proud." With the launch of his 30-second spot Tuesday, Dardenne, the state's lieutenant governor, became the last of the four major contenders for governor to begin... more »
  • Rick Perry first to exit 2016 Republican presidential race

    September 11, 2015 5:33 PM

    ST. LOUIS - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is dropping out of the race for president, ending his second bid for the Republican nomination and becoming the first major candidate of the 2016 campaign to give up on the White House. Perry's campaign said the longest-serving governor in Texas history... more »
  • Trump asks CNN to give debate advertising sales to veterans

    September 9, 2015 11:48 AM

    NEW YORK - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is asking CNN to donate to veterans the proceeds from advertising sold to air during next week's Republican debate. In a Tuesday letter to the cable news network, the billionaire says he is the reason the network sharply increased its rates ahead... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • FACT CHECK: Truth vs exaggeration in GOP presidential debate

    August 7, 2015 11:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - The 10 Republican presidential hopefuls who took to the stage for their first debate in Cleveland faced a daunting task in distinguishing themselves among a sprawling field of candidates. Along the way, they puffed up their own records in office and public life and veered occasionally from the... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • State taxpayers pay legal costs of pro-Vitter super PAC

    July 30, 2015 8:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana taxpayers have reimbursed more than $69,000 in legal fees paid by a super PAC supporting Republican U.S. David Vitter for governor. The Fund for Louisiana's Future challenged the constitutionality of a Louisiana law limiting contributions in federal court last year and won. The state was required to... more »
  • Louisiana Republicans snub Caldwell for AG endorsement check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 28, 2015 7:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell isn't losing sleep over his party's endorsement of his challenger, Jeff Landry. "The Republican party has never endorsed me and it's always brought me good luck," Caldwell said Tuesday. Earlier in the day Louisiana's GOP Chairman Roger Villere announced they were endorsing Landry,... 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 »
  • Donald Trump loved and hated by Hispanics in border city

    July 24, 2015 4:24 PM

    LAREDO - A day after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's visit, some residents of Laredo, Texas, are calling the billionaire businessman a racist, while others are cheering his hardline immigration views. Interviews with more than a dozen local residents highlighted deep divisions in the small border city, where Hispanics represent... 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 »
  • McCain: Trump owes veterans an apology

    July 20, 2015 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. John McCain is responding to remarks by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who dismissed the former Vietnam POW's status as a war hero by saying, "I like people who weren't captured." McCain told MSNBC this morning that Trump doesn't need to apologize to him, but should... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 vows to fight gay marriage

    June 26, 2015 10:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana's Republican leader running for the White House as a conservative Christian, quickly blasted the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Friday to uphold same-sex marriage across the nation. Calling gay marriage a "states' rights" issue, Jindal lambasted the Supreme Court for, in his words, "trampling"... more »
  • GOP senators: Remove Confederate sign from Mississippi flag

    June 24, 2015 3:22 PM

    JACKSON, MS - Both of Mississippi's Republican U.S. senators say the state should remove a Confederate battle emblem from its flag. Sen. Thad Cochran says state symbols should reflect "unity and not divisiveness." Cochran's statement Wednesday came hours after Sen. Roger Wicker said the flag used since Reconstruction "should be... 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 »
  • Iowa Republicans ending straw poll, a tradition born in 1979

    June 12, 2015 11:37 AM

    DES MOINES, IA - Republican leaders in Iowa have agreed to end the state's straw poll because of waning interest from presidential hopefuls and questions about its relevancy. Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kauffman says state party officials voted during a Friday morning conference call to end the straw poll, which... more »
  • GOP-controlled Hill panel backs state medical marijuana laws

    June 11, 2015 2:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The federal government would be unable to block state laws permitting the use of medical marijuana under legislation that has been approved by a Republican-controlled Senate committee. The 20-10 vote puts the Senate Appropriations panel on record in favor of permitting people to obtain and dispensaries to provide... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Rubio to announce next campaign on April 13

    March 30, 2015 4:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio is set to kick off his next campaign April 13. The first-term Republican from Florida did not explicitly declare himself a presidential candidate during an interview Monday on Fox News Channel, but instead suggested his 2016 plans would be announced in Miami in two weeks.... more »
  • GOP-controlled House oks balanced budget plan

    March 25, 2015 6:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has approved a budget blueprint that projects balance by the end of the decade and includes trillions of dollars in savings from benefit programs. The vote in favor of the plan was 228-199. The blueprint itself is non-binding, but sets Republicans on a path to... more »
  • GOP moves ahead on budget plans; eyes Obamacare repeal bill

    March 24, 2015 3:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - House and Senate Republicans are moving toward likely approval of balanced budget outlines, essential early steps along a path to send President Barack Obama legislation to wipe out the five-year-old health care law and eliminate deficits within a decade. Obama is all but certain to veto the legislation... more »
  • Cruz kicks off presidential campaign at Christian college

    March 23, 2015 10:31 AM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has opened the first major campaign of the 2016 presidential season with a kickoff speech courting cultural conservatives. One of several Republican hopefuls to rise from the tea party movement, Cruz spoke at Liberty University, the college founded by the late Rev. Jerry... more »
  • Ted Cruz set to announce 2016 presidential bid on Monday

    March 22, 2015 5:27 PM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. - First-term Texas senator, Ted Cruz, will announce he is running for the Republican presidential nomination Monday. He is the first candidate to do so in what is expected to be a competitive GOP primary. He is one in over a dozen other Republicans expressing interest in... more »
  • Bush says all students must be held to high expectations

    March 19, 2015 11:13 AM

    ATLANTA - Jeb Bush says the nation's education system must hold all schoolchildren to high expectations or they won't succeed. The former Florida governor addressed Georgia lawmakers Thursday after a swing through the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In his remarks, Bush made only indirect... more »
  • Trump in New Hampshire as he eyes presidential bid again

    March 19, 2015 2:05 AM

    AMHERST, N.H. - Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump is heading to New Hampshire as he again considers a presidential run. Trump will attend a reception Thursday at the Amherst home of Republican state Rep. Steve Stepanek. The visit comes one day after Trump announced plans to... more »
  • GOP to offer budget blueprint with Medicare, food stamp cuts

    March 16, 2015 2:42 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republicans now in charge of Congress offer their budget blueprint this week. They're pledging to balance the nation's budget within a decade and rein in major programs such as food stamps and Medicare. More pressing an issue for many Republicans, however, is easing automatic budget cuts set... more »
  • Lawmaker facing spending probe benefited from donor projects

    March 13, 2015 2:51 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - An Associated Press review finds that Illinois congressman Aaron Schock has built his personal wealth off extensive business dealings with campaign contributors. The Republican has been under scrutiny for lavishly redecorating his Capitol Hill office and flying aboard private planes owned by donors. Campaign contributors built, financed... 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 »
  • Bush defends his conservative credentials ahead of CPAC

    February 27, 2015 2:28 AM

    PALM BEACH, FL - Jeb Bush readily points to his conservative credentials - tax cuts and smaller government as Florida's governor. But convincing the activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he's one of them might be a tougher sell. A sign of what Bush faces at CPAC: His... more »
  • Some in GOP say DHS funding lapse worth a fight, no big deal

    February 27, 2015 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who play down the fuss. Numerous House Republicans say it's preferable to let the Homeland Security Department go unfunded for a few days if that's the cost of undoing a White House... more »
  • Gov. Jindal speaks tonight at CPAC

    February 26, 2015 8:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Conservative Political Action Conference begins today in Washington, D.C. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is a featured speaker on the first day of the weekend-long event. Jindal has spoken at the event in the past. The Straw Poll at CPAC is often an indicator of potential... more »
  • U.S. looks to aid Syrian refugees amid security concerns

    February 26, 2015 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration's commitment to taking in thousands of Syrian refugees is raising national security concerns among some law enforcement officials and Republican lawmakers. Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard says those who come to the U.S. will be subject to intensive screening before entering the country.... 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 »
  • Pressure on House GOP for Homeland Security bill

    February 25, 2015 2:30 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The pressure is on House Republicans days ahead of a looming partial Homeland Security Department shutdown. Senate GOP leaders have agreed to Democratic demands and announced legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department without contentious immigration provisions opposed by Democrats and President Barack Obama. Now all eyes... more »
  • GOP struggles for way out as Homeland shutdown looms

    February 24, 2015 2:36 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Divided Republicans are searching for a way out of an impasse over immigration that is threatening to shut down the Homeland Security Department within days. With the agency's budget set to expire Friday at midnight without action by Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday he... more »
  • Governors to meet with Obama at the White House Monday

    February 23, 2015 2:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Many of the nation's Republican governors are blaming President Barack Obama for a budget standoff that threatens a potential Department of Homeland Security shutdown. They'll be able to make their case in person when they convene at the White House on Monday morning. The meeting comes days... more »
  • Angelle releases first TV ads in governor's race this year

    February 20, 2015 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican candidate Scott Angelle has launched the first TV ads of the 2015 governor's race, introductions to voters who may know little about him so far. Angelle's campaign said it was spending $200,000 to run the spots in Lafayette, Lake Charles, Houma and Alexandria. One commercial describes... more »
  • Landry outraises incumbent Caldwell in attorney general race

    February 12, 2015 3:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has fallen behind chief opponent Jeff Landry in fundraising for this fall's election. Both Republican candidates in the Oct. 24 election filed their campaign finance report this week with the Board of Ethics. Landry, a former congressman, has more than three times the... 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 »
  • GOP lawmakers: Scrap Obama health law, use tax credits

    February 5, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three Republican lawmakers are proposing tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers as the GOP unveils its first plan this year for repealing and replacing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The outline was released Wednesday by three Republicans: House Energy and Commerce Committee... 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-GOP overlap? Public works, corporate taxes, defense

    February 3, 2015 2:14 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Some of the proposals in President Barack Obama's new budget address major concerns of the Republican-controlled Congress. Obama and Republicans could find common ground on proposals to increase defense spending, upgrade the nation's aging infrastructure and fix the corporate tax system. Full agreement on any one of... more »
  • Romney will not run for president in '16

    January 30, 2015 10:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016. Three weeks after unexpectedly saying he was considering a third campaign for the White House, the former Massachusetts governor told members of his staff during a Friday conference call that he is out of race.... more »
  • As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush

    January 29, 2015 11:27 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Closing in on a decision on whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several of his past donors have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. They include Chicago investor Craig Duchossois, who is among several former Romney supporters who plan to... more »
  • Senate to begin hearings for Obama attorney general nominee

    January 28, 2015 2:24 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The first Republican-led confirmation hearing of the Obama administration is about to get underway as the Senate Judiciary Committee considers President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general. If approved, Loretta Lynch would become the first black female attorney general. She is now the U.S. attorney for the... more »
  • Shy of votes, House GOP drops planned vote on abortion bill

    January 22, 2015 2:29 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - With thousands of anti-abortion protesters in the nation's capital, Republicans are ready to push legislation through the House designed to please them. But it's not the bill an embarrassed GOP was hoping for. Republican leaders were forced late Wednesday to abruptly drop plans for House debate of... more »
  • Senate committee to examine testing in schools

    January 21, 2015 2:49 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Republican-controlled Senate education panel is beginning its revision of the landmark No Child Left Behind education law. It's focusing first on the thorny issue of federally mandated testing of America's schoolchildren. The law mandated that states annually test in reading and math for grades three to... more »
  • Iowa Sen. Ernst promises GOP focus on Americans' concerns

    January 21, 2015 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A freshman senator from Iowa says Republicans are willing to work with President Barack Obama on some issues but that it will also reject failed policies. Sen. Joni Ernst offered her party's response to the State of the Union Address. She said her party wants to simplify... more »
  • Republicans try to chart path on immigration moves

    January 16, 2015 2:52 AM

    HERSHEY, PA - Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's going to try to push a House-passed bill to overturn President Barack Obama's immigration policies through the Senate. But neither McConnell nor other members of his leadership - and not even senior House Republicans - predict success for the plan that... 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 takes broad aim at Obama on immigration

    January 14, 2015 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republicans are advancing sweeping legislation to overturn President Barack Obama's immigration policies and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as kids. The votes will come Wednesday on legislation to finance the Homeland Security Department through the rest of the budget year. Republicans will... 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 »

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