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Presidential sweepstates: Who will challenge Hillary?

Presidential sweepstates: Who will challenge Hillary?

For Democrats and Republicans, the early stages of the 2016 presidential contest are worlds apart. Many Democrats already view Hillary Rodham Clinton as a quasi-incumbent, someone who could take the reins from President Barack Obama. The former secretary of state has made no decisions about her political future but has done little to dampen enthusiasm […]

Government shutdown: Can the sequel be even worse?

Government shutdown: Can the sequel be even worse?

The partial government shutdown has ended but that doesn’t mean anyone has a solid idea for dodging a potential sequel. The legislative stalemate was resolved last week, but a possible repeat could loom on the horizon. Lawmakers approved a budget that keeps the lights on through Jan. 15 and lets the Treasury Department continue to […]

Gun control advocates struggle to win over reluctant Democrats

Gun control advocates struggle to win over reluctant Democrats

  It would seem a lobbyist’s dream: rounding up votes for a proposal backed by more than 8 in 10 people in polls. Yet, gun control supporters are struggling to win over moderate Democrats in their drive to push expanded background checks for firearms purchasers through the Senate next month. Backed by a $12 million […]

Gates proposes major defense cuts that will cost jobs

Gates proposes major defense cuts that will cost jobs

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that tough economic times require that he shutter a major command that employs some 5,000 people around Norfolk, Va., and begin to eliminate other jobs throughout the military. The announcement was the first major step by Gates to find $100 billion in savings in the next five years. Gates […]

Virginia AG turns back clock on gay rights

Virginia AG turns back clock on gay rights

Virginia’s attorney general has advised the state’s public colleges that they don’t have the authority to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, saying only the General Assembly has that power. The letter sent by Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli to state college presidents and other officials Thursday drew swift criticism from Democrats and gay rights activists. […]