Congress’ goal: Cut budget, block Obama at every turn

Congress’ goal: Cut budget, block Obama at every turn

In the first Republican-dominated Congress to confront President Barack Obama, GOP leaders will focus on bolstering the economy and cutting the budget — and oh yes, avoiding self-inflicted calamities that make voters wonder if the party can govern competently. When the new Congress raises the curtain Tuesday, Republicans will run both the House and Senate […]

New battleground over voting rights in Texas

New battleground over voting rights in Texas

When the movie “Urban Cowboy” made this refinery town famous in 1980, the honkytonk Gilley’s was booming and wannabe cowpokes from the white Houston suburbs flocked here to drink and dance. Houston was the big city, but Pasadena was for kicks. Today Pasadena is a mostly working-class Hispanic suburb that looks as hard-ridden in some […]

Tax boost from legal pot modest at best

Tax boost from legal pot modest at best

To see the tax implications of legalizing marijuana in Colorado, there’s no better place to start than an empty plot of land on a busy thoroughfare near downtown Denver. It is the future home of a 60,000-square-foot public recreational center that’s been in the works for years. Construction costs started going up, leaving city officials […]

Legal pot vs medical grass or illegal marijuana?

Legal pot vs medical grass or illegal marijuana?

A year into the nation’s experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales. In Washington, the black market has exploded since voters legalized marijuana in 2012, with scores of legally dubious medical […]

California to grant driver’s licenses to illegals

California to grant driver’s licenses to illegals

California on Friday will start taking driver’s license applications from the nation’s largest population of immigrants in the country illegally. The state Department of Motor Vehicles expects 1.4 million people will seek a license in the first three years of a program aimed at boosting road safety and making immigrants’ lives easier. California officials say […]

New York’s Mario Cuomo dead at 82

New York’s Mario Cuomo dead at 82

Mario Cuomo, a leading liberal voice who served three terms as governor of New York, died just hours after his son Andrew began his second term as the state’s chief executive. He was 82. The son of Italian immigrants, Mario Cuomo played minor league baseball before embarking on a legal and political career. His oratory […]

Did sex, racism drive black woman to kill white doctor?

Did sex, racism drive black woman to kill white doctor?

On a sticky hot Sunday in August 1952, a wealthy black woman named Ruby McCollum walked through the “colored entrance” of a doctor’s office in the small north Florida town of Live Oak and fatally shot a white doctor, state Sen.-elect Clifford Leroy Adams. Prosecutors told the all-white, all-male jury that McCollum shot the doctor […]

Will Hillary Clinton run for President or not?

Will Hillary Clinton run for President or not?

In Washington, in Iowa, in New Hampshire, really in any place that’s already talking about the 2016 campaign for president, just about everyone expects Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president. But is it possible that Clinton might not give a White House campaign another try? The former first lady, New York senator and U.S. […]

Bush continues steps to run for President

Bush continues steps to run for President

Jeb Bush has resigned all of his board memberships — both nonprofit and business — in a move that helps clear a path toward a 2016 presidential campaign. The former Florida governor stepped down from his remaining board memberships on Wednesday, the last day of the year, an aide said Wednesday night. It’s a continuation […]

Republicans throw up roadblocks to Medicaid expansion

Republicans throw up roadblocks to Medicaid expansion

Governors across the political spectrum are hitting a roadblock in their bids to expand Medicaid with federal funds: Republican legislators who adamantly oppose “Obamacare.” While some of these governors themselves have criticized the president’s health care law in general, they’ve come to see one component — Medicaid expansion — as too generous to reject. But […]

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