Vaccine foes find support from GOP’s right-wing

Vaccine foes find support from GOP’s right-wing

As vaccine skeptics fight laws that would force more parents to inoculate their kids, they are finding unexpected allies in conservative Republicans. Though the stereotype of a vaccine skeptic is a coastal, back-to-the-land type, it’s generally been Democratic-controlled states that have tightened vaccination laws. This week, Democrats in two of those states — California, where […]

Obama touts free community college plans

Obama touts free community college plans

President Barack Obama’s proposal to make two years of college free will get a key test Friday as he travels to Indiana, a red state where making college more affordable and increasing graduation rates are squarely in the spotlight. Obama’s plan is part of a proposed budget that increases taxes on the wealthy and aims […]

Public support for gay marriage has caveats

Public support for gay marriage has caveats

While finding that Americans narrowly favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, a new Associated Press-GfK poll also shows most believe wedding-related businesses should be allowed to deny service to same-sex couples for religious reasons. Roughly half the country also thinks local officials and judges with religious objections ought to be exempt from […]

More GOP stunts against Obamacare

More GOP stunts against Obamacare

Three Republican lawmakers eager to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul are touting tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers as the GOP unveiled its first plan this year for replacing the law that the party reviles. Republicans released the outline Wednesday as Democrats continue pounding away at them for pledging […]

Chokehold details sought

Chokehold details sought

Two months after a grand jury declined to press criminal charges in the police killing of an unarmed New York City man, a state judge must decide whether to disclose details of the secret proceedings. The New York Civil Liberties Union and other petitioners have gone to court on Staten Island to demand that Judge […]

Legislative lobbying on No Child Left Behind law

Legislative lobbying on No Child Left Behind law

Outnumbered by Republicans, Democratic lawmakers are jockeying to get their views heard as Congress moves ahead on revising the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law. With votes anticipated in the House and Senate, House Democrats plan their own Capitol Hill forum on Thursday for changing the law — a protest of Republicans’ handling of […]

New Pentagon chief pick urges accountability

New Pentagon chief pick urges accountability

President Barack Obama’s pick to run the Pentagon says he will seek better use of taxpayer dollars but that Congress must bring stability back to the military’s budget. Ashton Carter, in prepared remarks for his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, acknowledges that the Defense Department must end wasteful practices that undermine public confidence even as he […]

Deficit cuts? What deficit cuts?

Deficit cuts? What deficit cuts?

President Barack Obama’s budget is relying on a series of familiar accounting tricks to show $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction over a decade, an amount that would shrink by almost half if they were excluded. But so-called “pay-go” rules officially require tax cuts and new spending on the mandatory side of the ledger to be […]

Lots of debate, little compromise on immigration

Lots of debate, little compromise on immigration

To hear congressional Republicans tell it, Democrats are so eager to grant work permits to immigrants in the U.S. illegally that they’d risk funding for the Homeland Security Department to do it. Democrats counter that it’s Republicans who are jeopardizing the Homeland Security budget in their zeal to deport immigrants brought here illegally as children. […]

U.S. begins destroying largest stockpile of chemical weapons

U.S. begins destroying largest stockpile of chemical weapons

The United States is about to begin destroying its largest remaining stockpile of chemical-laden artillery shells, marking a milestone in the global campaign to eradicate a debilitating weapon that still creeps into modern wars. The Pueblo Chemical Depot in southern Colorado plans to start neutralizing 2,600 tons of aging mustard agent in March as the […]

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