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 […]

Crowd in Times Square welcomes 2015

Crowd in Times Square welcomes 2015

A million people crammed into New York’s Times Square ushered in 2015 with cheers, hugs and kisses after the glittering New Year’s Eve ball descended from high above and a ton of confetti wafted down onto revelers below. “This is a world renowned thing,” said Christopher Crawford, 36, with his wife Chelsea who traveled from […]

Mixed reviews as Obamacare enters second year

Mixed reviews as Obamacare enters second year

The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama’s health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled. The administration called it “an encouraging start.” More than 3.4 million people enrolled using HealthCare.gov as of Dec. 15, and more than 600,000 people […]

Child kills mother with her pistol in Wal-Mart

Child kills mother with her pistol in Wal-Mart

A 29-year-old woman described as a “beautiful, young, loving mother” was fatally shot by her 2-year-old son at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart in what authorities called a tragic accident. The little boy reached into Veronica J. Rutledge’s purse and her concealed gun fired, Kootenai County sheriff’s spokesman Stu Miller said. The woman was shopping Tuesday […]

GOP leaders expect Scalise debacle to fade away

House Republican leaders have been supportive of Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise since the revelation that he appeared before a white supremacist organization 12 years ago, suggesting they think the flare-up will fade, while some Democrats have been critical without calling for him to resign. Scalise, the Republican whip in the House, said Tuesday that he […]

GOP House leader a speaker before white supremacists

GOP House leader a speaker before white supremacists

As Republicans struggle to attract more votes from minorities heading into the 2016 presidential election, a House GOP leader has acknowledged that he once addressed a gathering of white supremacists, though his office denies any association with the group’s social views. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the chamber’s third-ranking Republican, served in the Louisiana Legislature […]

Will Hillary run? She needs to decide soon

Will Hillary run?  She needs to decide soon

A still undeclared candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton sits atop the prospective field of Democratic presidential candidates for 2016. But as Clinton has said before, if she runs again, she’ll work as hard as any underdog. Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid stumbled, undermined by anti-war activists who opposed her vote to authorize the Iraq war, infighting among […]

Two open fire on LAPD police car

Two open fire on LAPD police car

Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured and one was able to shoot back, authorities said. One suspect was later arrested and the other was on the loose. The shooting occurred Sunday night amid heightened tensions over attacks on […]

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