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Not much of a ‘fix’ for flood insurance rate hikes

Not much of a ‘fix’ for flood insurance rate hikes

Stephen Nelson and Mary Anne Mayo are still struggling with the destruction from Superstorm Sandy, nearly 18 months after it swept through their Westport home, taking their first-floor belongings into the Saugatuck River. The couple, relying on federal flood insurance, has made repairs while considering major reconstruction work such as raising the house to comply […]

Terrorist interrogations report fuels CIA-Senate spat

Terrorist interrogations report fuels CIA-Senate spat

If senators vote this week to release key sections of a voluminous report on terrorist interrogations, an already strained relationship between lawmakers and the CIA could become even more rancorous, and President Barack Obama might have to step into the fray. The Senate Intelligence Committee hopes that by publishing a 400-page summary of its contentious […]

‘Common Core’ leads to uncommon political debate

‘Common Core’ leads to uncommon political debate

More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce leads establishment voices — such as possible presidential contender Jeb Bush — who hail the standards as a […]

Biden to Congress: ‘Step up and stop homophobia’

Biden to Congress: ‘Step up and stop homophobia’

Vice President Joe Biden called on Congress Saturday to pass a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays, saying it’s outrageous that the country is even debating the subject. Speaking to supporters of the gay advocacy group Human Rights Campaign on Saturday, Biden said it’s “close to barbaric” that in some states, employees can be […]

Global Initiative Conference ends. Now what?

Global Initiative Conference ends.  Now what?

The speeches are over; the interview with the late night TV host is done. All that remains before this year’s Clinton Global Initiative University conference wraps up is a service project in downtown Phoenix, headlined by former President Bill Clinton and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D.-Ariz. The Sunday event at a community garden concludes a […]

Will Hillary Clinton run for President? She hasn’t decided

Will Hillary Clinton run for President?  She hasn’t decided

Hillary Rodham Clinton told a group of enthusiastic college students Saturday that she is “very much concerned about the direction of our country” but was still deciding whether to pursue another presidential campaign. During a forum at the Clinton Global Initiative University, Clinton fielded a question from Vrinda Agrawal, a student at the University of […]