Missouri auditor, governor candidate kills himself

Missouri auditor, governor candidate kills himself

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself in what police described as an apparent suicide, minutes after inviting reporters to his suburban St. Louis home for an interview. Schweich’s death Thursday stunned many of Missouri’s top elected officials, who described him as a brilliant and devoted […]

Jeb Bush tells CPAC he’s really a conservative

Jeb Bush tells CPAC he’s really a conservative

Jeb Bush readily points to his conservative credentials — tax cuts and smaller government as Florida’s governor — yet convincing the activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he’s one of them might be a tougher sell. A sign of what Bush faces at CPAC: His speech Friday in Washington follows those by conservative […]

Arrested Islamic extremists talked about shooting Obama

Arrested Islamic extremists talked about shooting Obama

Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in personal conversations about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one of them speaking of shooting President Barack Obama to “strike fear in the hearts of infidels,” federal authorities said. The men were among […]

Can Republicans find ‘Mr. Right’ for 2016?

Can Republicans find ‘Mr. Right’ for 2016?

Let’s say, for a moment, that America has given you the job of picking the perfect candidate for president. Good luck, Mr. or Ms. Voter, deciding what they’ve got to have — and what they can do without. There are all sorts of things to start the list: leadership, vision, charisma, communication skills and foreign […]

Senate moving Homeland Security bill while House stalls

Senate moving Homeland Security bill while House stalls

The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan. Many House Republicans say they aren’t ready to admit defeat and approve spending for the department without demanding concessions from President […]

GOP may need Dems’ help on Homeland bill

GOP may need Dems’  help on Homeland bill

For all the talk of Republican House Speaker John Boehner being trapped by the quarrel over funding the Homeland Security Department, he holds a potential escape key, if he’s willing to use it: cooperative Democrats. Aides say he doesn’t like it, but Boehner sometimes relies on Democrats to help pass measures that many — and […]

Old Man Winter blasts the South again

Old Man Winter blasts the South again

A swath of the South was feeling the effects of another round of winter weather Thursday morning. A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain was expected to fall from north Texas through the Gulf Coast states and into the Carolinas and Virginia. In addition, this system may bring severe thunderstorms to parts of […]

DHS debacle exposes GOP failure to communicate

DHS debacle exposes GOP failure to communicate

In the heady days after winning control of both congressional chambers, Republican leaders vowed to keep the government funded and to block President Barack Obama from overhauling immigration policies on his own. But House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell never crafted a plan to do both. And as events turned against […]

Rahm Emanuel faces runoff in Chicago Mayor’s race

Rahm Emanuel faces runoff in Chicago Mayor’s race

After failing to persuade a majority of Chicago voters to back his re-election bid, Mayor Rahm Emanuel could face an even stiffer challenge in April against a runoff opponent aiming to consolidate the support of residents unhappy with how the former White House chief of staff has managed the nation’s third-largest city. In a race […]

‘American Sniper’ killer convicted, gets life without parole

‘American Sniper’ killer convicted, gets life without parole

A Texas jury has rejected the insanity defense of a former Marine in the deaths of famed “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and another man. After a two-week trial in which jurors heard testimony about defendant Eddie Ray Routh’s erratic behavior, including statements about anarchy, the apocalypse and pig-human hybrids, they convicted Routh Tuesday night […]

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