Obama faces uphill fight to overturn court order

Obama faces uphill fight to overturn court order

President Barack Obama’s administration faces a difficult and possibly lengthy legal battle to overturn a Texas court ruling that blocked his landmark immigration overhaul, since the judge based his decision on an obscure and unsettled area of administrative law, lawyers said. In his ruling on Monday that upended plans to shield millions of people from […]

More than 11 million sign up for health care plans

More than 11 million sign up for health care plans

More than 11 million people signed up for subsidized private health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law this year, the White House announced Tuesday evening. But that preliminary estimate — 11.4 million people — comes with a couple of asterisks: —The final number could grow because the administration is offering a grace period for people […]

Is Jeb Bush really different from George W.?

Is Jeb Bush really different from George W.?

How specifically former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush distinguishes himself on foreign policy from his brother, former President George W. Bush, it’s clear the new Republican presidential prospect sees it as a topic necessary to address publicly. “I recognize that as a result, my views will often be held up in comparison to theirs,” Bush says, […]

Challenges face Oregon’s new governor

Challenges face Oregon’s new governor

Incoming Oregon Gov. Kate Brown faces a monumental challenge as she takes the reins of a state government mired in scandal on less than a week’s notice and with a special election already looming. America’s first bisexual governor will be sworn in Wednesday, becoming Oregon’s 38th leader after fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber resigned amid ethics […]

Police departments trying restraint

Police departments trying restraint

Denver’s police chief told officers not to intervene, but to stand by and watch, as protesters threw red paint on a memorial for fallen officers during a weekend march against police brutality. The stand-down order upset some officers, who said it sends a message that protesters can get away with increasingly brazen crimes. But at […]

Appeal planned on block of Obama immigration plan

Appeal planned on block of Obama immigration plan

The Justice Department will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, the White House said Tuesday. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas issued a temporary injunction, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders. […]

Federal judge halts Obama’s immigration plan

Federal judge halts Obama’s immigration plan

A federal judge in South Texas on Monday temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision comes after a hearing in Brownsville, Texas, in January and puts on hold Obama’s […]

Questions raised on Scott Walkers’ job agency

Questions raised on Scott Walkers’ job agency

When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a potential Republican presidential candidate, traveled on a trade mission to Britain last week, he brought along top officials from his economic development agency to help drum up jobs. It’s a task they have struggled to accomplish at home. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, a public-private body set up by […]

With web glitch fixed, more health care sign-ups

With web glitch fixed, more health care sign-ups

After a computer glitch got patched up, supporters of President Barack Obama’s health care law were out in force Sunday trying to get uninsured people signed up by the official deadline for 2015 coverage. The effort had the trappings of a get-out-the-vote drive, with email reminders, telephone calls and squads of community-level volunteers. “You can’t […]

Eric Holder claims success in criminal justice policies

Eric Holder claims success in criminal justice policies

The share of federal drug offenders subject to mandatory minimum sentences that critics call unduly harsh has plunged in the last year, according to figures Attorney General Eric Holder plans to release Tuesday in arguing for the success of his criminal justice policies. Preliminary data obtained by The Associated Press show a 6 percent drop […]

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