Politics

  • California Governor Brown wants rainy-day fund in constitution

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday stepped up his efforts to enshrine a rainy day fund in the state's constitution, stealing some thunder from Republicans backing a similar measure as he seeks an unprecedented fourth term. Brown, a…

    Reuters
  • Obama, Republicans openly feud over immigration legislation

    Partisan bickering over immigration reform legislation intensified on Wednesday as President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Republicans accused each other of standing in the way of progress one year after bipartisan Senate legislation was introduced. On the one-year anniversary of the…

    Reuters
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  • Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China

    By Matt Spetalnick and Manuel Mogato WASHINGTON/MANILA (Reuters) - When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter. The flyover was a vivid illustration of the…

    Reuters
  • Wisconsin passes law to curb private custody transfers of children

    By Megan Twohey NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wisconsin has adopted a law to limit private custody transfers of children, the first law of its kind in the United States, responding to a Reuters investigation that exposed the dangers of the unregulated practice. Reuters reported in September that parents…

    Reuters
  • Detroit pension deal approved by one retirement system

    The board of Detroit's General Retirement System on Wednesday approved economic terms of a settlement with the city that include cuts to pension benefits, putting in place another key component of Detroit's effort to exit bankruptcy by October. The city also has reached a tentative pact with the…

    Reuters
  • Nate Silver or Not, GOP Looks Good

    The tempest over his projection that Republicans will take the Senate forgets probability isn’t prediction and that the White House party usually loses in its sixth year.

    The Daily Beast
  • Yes, Lincoln Would’ve Done ‘Ferns’

    Bill O’Reilly attacked President Obama for making a viral video, saying the Great Emancipator wouldn’t stoop so low. History proves the opposite.

    The Daily Beast
  • For Obama and Boehner, just maybe, a way forward

    The latest snowfall was a bigger story in Washington this week than Tuesday’s private meeting between the estranged president and House speaker — their first in more than a year. Since Barack Obama recently signaled he has all but given up on legislating with Republicans, and since John Boehner has…

    Yahoo News
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  • John Kerry finds his calling

    Ten years ago this week, John Kerry barely held off John Edwards in Wisconsin’s Democratic primary, prolonging for another few weeks his plodding, uninspiring march to the party’s presidential nomination. Kerry went on to lose an eminently winnable election, after which most Democrats in Washington…

    Yahoo News
  • In New York, real populism and real choices

    Democrats in Washington don’t have to worry much about the kind of fratricidal disorder that plagues the modern Republican Party. But neither should they take too lightly the intraparty breach that seems to be widening in New York, where the mayor of the nation’s biggest city is staring down the…

    Yahoo News
  • Ukraine, US to alternately cajole, threaten Russia

    GENEVA (AP) — Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest.

    Associated Press31 mins ago
  • Let's defend 'Obamacare,' some Democrats say

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from President Barack Obama's health care overhaul — even in this year's toughest Senate elections — given that enrollments are higher than expected and costs are lower.

    Associated Press
  • Little government response to bombing a year later

    BOSTON (AP) — A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that prompted waves of government action.

    Associated Press13 mins ago
  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.

    Associated Press
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  • Freight train industry to miss safety deadline

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad industry said Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • Washington Insiders Say Chris Christie Won 2013

    After a whirlwind year of crippling partisanship, bungled policy rollouts, and a government shutdown, most public figures are leaving this year with quite a few more chips to their image than they had in January. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie—a growing puzzle for Democrats and continuing headache…

    National Journal
  • Sorry Pope Francis, 2013 Was the Year of Quinoa

    This year has seen tanking approval ratings for just about everybody in Washington, thanks to bungled policy initiatives, stalled legislation, and a government shutdown. It's quinoa, a highly nutritious, centuries-old grain, at least according to the United Nations. In February, the U.N.'s Food…

    National Journal
  • 2013 Was Actually the Year of Quinoa

    Between bungled or stalled policy initiatives and a government shutdown, moving the needle on progress on either side proved nearly impossible. According to the United Nations, 2013 was the year of quinoa, a highly nutritious, centuries-old grain. In February, the U.N.'s Food and Agricultural…

    National Journal
  • Republican Insiders to Tea Party: You're Not Helping Us

    For Republicans, the group is something akin to a flesh-eating virus that threatens to chomp away at the GOP. The civil war between establishment and tea-party Republicans intensified this week when House Speaker John Boehner slammed outside conservative groups for "ridiculous" pushback against…

    National Journal
  • Republican Look-Alike Sites Mocking Democrats May Violate Rules

    The National Republican Congressional Committee proudly launched a faux campaign website for Democratic candidate Domenic Recchia this week, mocking him as a "career politician … asking for your vote." They even bought Google ads to direct New Yorkers to www.domenic-recchia.com, designed at first…

    National Journal
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