Sole spenders fight long odds for runs for office

Sole spenders fight long odds for runs for office

Christine Jones admits she didn’t know how much running for office would cost. An attorney and former executive for GoDaddy.com, Jones had been encouraged to run for years by friends. When the governor’s seat in Arizona opened up, she wound up putting $5.4 million of her own money into the Republican primary only to place […]

Dems want to make Jeb Bush just another Romney

Dems want to make Jeb Bush just another Romney

Mitt Romney opposed the government’s rescue of U.S. automakers. So did Jeb Bush. Both worked in finance and backed the Wall Street bailout. Both are advocates of tax cuts that Democrats contend only benefit the wealthy and big business. While the first actual votes of the next presidential campaign may be a year away, Democrats […]

Obama’s job approval ratings rising

Obama’s job approval ratings rising

Americans’ views of President Barack Obama have improved slightly in the past two months, and opinions are more positive about the direction of the country and the health of the economy, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds. A slim majority now approves of the way Obama is handling unemployment, according to the poll, conducted before Friday’s […]

Health insurance hacks raise data security concerns

Health insurance hacks raise data security concerns

Insurers aren’t required to encrypt consumers’ data under a 1990s federal law that remains the foundation for health care privacy in the Internet age — an omission that seems striking in light of the major cyberattack against Anthem. Encryption uses mathematical formulas to scramble data, converting sensitive details coveted by intruders into gibberish. Anthem, the […]

Less drinking, more drug use among drivers

Less drinking, more drug use among drivers

The number of drivers on the road with alcohol in their systems has declined by nearly one-third since 2007, but there has been a large increase in drivers using marijuana and other illegal drugs, a government report released Friday found. The report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the share of drivers who […]

Job market frustrations continue for unemployed

Job market frustrations continue for unemployed

The job market remains a frustrating place for America’s 9 million unemployed — perhaps more so as hiring has accelerated along with job postings. The pace of job growth over the past three months was the fastest in 17 years. The gains spanned nearly every industry, and some employers have finally had to dangle higher […]

A wide-open job market for some ex-Romney aides

A wide-open job market for some ex-Romney aides

Spencer Zwick may be the most sought after man in Republican politics. A Boston-based venture capitalist who led the operation that raised almost half a billion dollars for Mitt Romney’s last presidential campaign, Zwick has spoken with five Republican presidential prospects — in person or by phone — in the week since Romney announced he […]

Resistance to giving Obama new war powers

Resistance to giving Obama new war powers

Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress will face some resistance in a vote to authorize President Barack Obama’s war against Islamic State militants despite international outrage over video of militants beheading their captives and burning one alive. War authorizations are among the most difficult issues confronting members of Congress. Several Democrats will be reluctant to […]

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