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Jindal upset about hike in flood insurance rates

Jindal upset about hike in flood insurance rates

After months largely silent on the issue, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is urging congressional leaders to stop higher flood insurance premiums from hitting homeowners and businesses. Jindal sent a letter…

Raising minimum wage could cost half-million jobs by 2016

Raising minimum wage could cost half-million jobs by 2016

A report by Congress’ nonpartisan budget analysts seems to have thrown Democrats onto the defensive after it concluded that the party’s drive to boost the federal minimum wage could cost…

Washington approves college grants for illegal aliens

Washington approves college grants for illegal aliens

Washington state lawmakers have voted to make students brought to the United States illegally by their parents eligible for need-based college financial aid. Passage of the measure, which supporters have…

‘Virtual fence’ to block illegal immigrants proposed in Arizona

‘Virtual fence’ to block illegal immigrants proposed in Arizona

Arizona could spend $30 million to construct a “virtual fence” to ensure the federal government is securing the U.S.-Mexico border from drug smugglers and illegal immigrants under a measure that…

More weak data for America’s troubled economy

More weak data for America’s troubled economy

U.S. homebuilder confidence suffered its largest one-month drop ever in February, heightening concerns that recent signs of weakness in the economy reflect deeper problems than the severe weather that has…

Chelsea Clinton praises ‘incredible progress’ on gay rights

Chelsea Clinton praises ‘incredible progress’ on gay rights

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton said Sunday that the gay-rights cause made “incredible progress” on political and legal fronts in 2013, but progress should not be mistaken for success. Clinton…

An unusual result from Iowa’s ‘bi-partisan’ abortion law

An unusual result from Iowa’s ‘bi-partisan’ abortion law

While many states passed sweeping abortion laws last year, the Iowa General Assembly endorsed just one — a perplexing measure befitting one of the few legislatures under divided control. The…

Navy set to deploy laser weapons

Navy set to deploy laser weapons

Some of the Navy’s futuristic weapons sound like something out of “Star Wars,” with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds.…

Reporting on NSA spying brings journalism reward

Reporting on NSA spying brings journalism reward

Four journalists who reported on the extent of the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden are among the winners of the 65th annual George…

Yegads! NSA abuses unite liberals and tea party

Yegads! NSA abuses unite liberals and tea party

Hoyt Sparks says he has no use for liberal Democrats and their “socialistic, Marxist, communist” ways. Toni Lewis suspects tea party Republicans are “a bunch of people who probably need…