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Supremes to cops: Warrant needed to search cell phones

Supremes to cops: Warrant needed to search cell phones

In a strong defense of digital age privacy, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants. Cellphones are powerful devices unlike anything else police may find on someone they arrest, Chief Justice John Roberts said for the court. Because the […]

More defeats for the tea party movement

More defeats for the tea party movement

The Washington establishment delivered a punch to the gut of the tea party movement Tuesday as Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, a mainstream conservative with more than 40 years congressional experience, narrowly turned back a challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Unsuccessful in earlier Republican primaries in Kentucky, Georgia and North Carolina, outside conservative organizations […]

Thad Cochran beats out tea party challenger in runoff

Thad Cochran beats out tea party challenger in runoff

In a remarkable political turnaround, six-term Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi edged out tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel Tuesday night in a bruising, costly Republican runoff that pitted Washington clout against insistence on conservative purity. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Cochran had 51 percent to McDaniel’s 49 percent, three weeks after McDaniel had beaten […]

Government may sue to recover losses from kickbacks

Government may sue to recover losses from kickbacks

The government is considering whether to sue banks and other mortgage servicers to recover its losses from alleged insurance kickbacks that may have cost government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac hundreds of millions of dollars, according to an internal report. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which is responsible for guarding Fannie and Freddie’s […]

Bill Cliton defends Hillary’s ‘commitment’ to the poor

Bill Cliton defends Hillary’s ‘commitment’ to the poor

Bill Clinton defended Hillary Rodham Clinton’s commitment to the poor and working Americans on Tuesday, saying his family’s post-presidential wealth had not prevented the former secretary of state from understanding the economic problems of Americans. “She’s not out of touch,” the former president declared at his family’s annual domestic policy summit. Clinton noted that in […]

Biden: Gay rights trump culture, social traditions

Biden: Gay rights trump culture, social traditions

Seeking to mobilize a global front against anti-gay violence and discrimination, Vice President Joe Biden declared Tuesday that protecting gay rights is a defining mark of a civilized nation and must trump national cultures and social traditions. Biden told a gathering of U.S. and international gay rights advocates that President Barack Obama has directed that […]

More bridge problems for Chris Christie?

More bridge problems for Chris Christie?

An 82-year-old steel truss bridge featured in the opening credits of “The Sopranos” and in Orson Welles’ 1938 broadcast of “War of the Worlds” is now the second bridge for which Gov. Chris Christie’s administration is facing an investigation. The Manhattan district attorney’s office and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating whether $1.8 billion […]