Voters in eight states will be heading to the polls Tuesday. In Mississippi, a Republican incumbent is being challenged by an outspoken conservative radio talk show host, while in Iowa, a little-known state senator has picked up steam with an ad about cutting spending in Washington. For a closer look at the upcoming round of midterm primaries, Gwen Ifill turns to political editor Domenico Montanaro. Continue reading
The justices threw out the conviction of Carol Anne Bond of Lansdale, Pa., who was prosecuted under a 1999 law based on the chemical weapons treaty. Bond served a six-year prison term after being convicted of using toxic chemicals that caused a thumb burn on a friend who had become her husband’s lover.
The intent of the chemical weapons treaty was to prevent a repeat of the use of mustard gas in World War I or toxic weapons in the Iraq-Iran war in the early 1980s, not “an amateur attempt by a jilted wife to injure her husband’s lover,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court. Continue reading
Four years ago, Californians joined Louisiana and Washington in passing an election reform measure designed to encourage centrist candidates for office. Called a “top two” or “jungle” primary system, the candidates — regardless of party affiliation — run against each other, with the top two vote-getters facing off in the general election. On Tuesday, political watchers will be watching several California Congressional districts to see how well that jungle system works. Continue reading
Today in the Morning Line: New carbon regulations put Democrats on the defensive in the short term Ernst has momentum in Iowa Poll shows McDaniel in the lead in Mississippi New rules: Let’s put aside the long-term moral arguments on … Continue reading
The new pollution rule the Obama administration announces Monday will be a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy and arguably the most significant U.S. environmental regulation in decades. But it’s not one the White House wanted. Continue reading
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s top news, including the resignation of VA Secretary Shinseki and President Obama’s foreign policy speech at West Point. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: Sen. Thad Cochran from Mississippi is the second longest-serving Republican in the U.S. Senate and has become a target by tea party activists around the country. They had hoped he would be an easy incumbent to topple in next Tuesday’s primary, but a scandal involving a supporter of tea party candidate Chris McDaniel may be what saves the 76-year-old statesman’s career. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama disclosed he’s losing his chief spokesman on the same day that the president came to the White House briefing room to personally announce the resignation of his Veterans Affairs secretary.
It was a Friday not quite like any other recently.
Press secretary Jay Carney had a surprise visitor to his daily news briefing, which began not long after Obama’s visit there to discuss Secretary Eric Shinseki’s departure. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized in public and then resigned in the privacy of the White House on Friday, driven from office by a mushrooming scandal over the agency’s health care system that serves millions of the nation’s former warriors.
President Barack Obama said he accepted the resignation “with considerable regret,” and appointed Sloan Gibson, the agency’s No. 2 official, as temporary secretary. Obama also said that the Justice Department would determine if any illegality had occurred, and that a top White House aide who has been detailed to the Veterans Affairs Department would remain there for the time being. Continue reading