The Senate’s top Democrat says the free flow of what he calls “shady money” into politics is the biggest threat to democracy he’s seen in his lifetime. But his Republican counterpart calls efforts to limit campaign spending “terrible policy.” Continue reading
The Common Core standards for math and English could be out in two more states. State legislatures in Oklahoma and South Carolina have sent bills to their governors’ desks to withdraw from the standards, which have been adopted by 45 … Continue reading
Hillary Rodham Clinton is defending her handling of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, writing in her new book that she will “not be part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans.” The former secretary of state devotes a chapter of her upcoming book, “Hard Choices,” to the Benghazi attack, responding to Republicans who have accused the Obama administration of stonewalling congressional investigators and misleading the public about the nature of the attack in the weeks before the presidential election. Four Americans were killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is a lover of games played on hard courts, baseball diamonds and in 10-yard increments. His two daughters are active in sports and, like many parents with children on athletic teams, he worries about their safety.
But unlike many of those parents, Obama is uniquely positioned to help address the concerns.
At the White House on Thursday, Obama hosted a summit with representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, young athletes, researchers and others to call attention to the issue of youth sports concussions. Continue reading
Residents in a southwest Oregon county voted emphatically to ban genetically engineered crops following a campaign that attracted a bushel of out-of-state money. Continue reading
Seven candidates in Georgia want to replace retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss. The race will help determine which party controls the Senate in the final two years of the Obama administration. But early voting suggests fewer than 600,000 ballots will decide which two candidates advance to a July runoff. Continue reading
The report, released Friday by nonpartisan analysts Kantar Media CMAG, estimates that $445 million was spent on political TV ads mentioning the law since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Spending on negative ads outpaced positive ones by more than 15 to 1. Continue reading
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday that he is thinking about running for president and that by the time 2016 arrives the controversy over last year’s George Washington Bridge lane closures “will be a footnote.” Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The federal agency tasked with managing oil and gas development on Wednesday acknowledged it needed to do more to improve oversight of drilling, pointing to a lack of funding as reasons it failed to inspect oil and gas … Continue reading
The actors at Brave New Workshop have been writing and performing satire longer than any other theater in the United States. “MN Original” of Twin Cities Public Television takes a look at the pioneering comedic theater with an alumni list that includes Al Franken and Louie Anderson. Continue reading