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Louisiana first state in Deep South to expand Medicaid

Posted 7/1/2016 in National

Louisiana is becoming the first state in the Republican-dominated Deep South to expand its Medicaid program, with more than 233,000 people already enrolled in the government-financed insurance coverage that begins today.



AP source: Gingrich being vetted for Trump vice president

Posted 7/1/2016 in National

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has begun formally vetting prospective vice presidential picks.



Trump's opening acts raising eyebrows

Posted 7/1/2016 in National

Conservative radio host and columnist Howie Carr, opening for Donald Trump at a presidential campaign rally in Maine, brought up Hillary Clinton and her potential running mate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren.



Obama legacy: Immigration stands as most glaring failure

Posted 7/1/2016 in National

President Barack Obama's inability to overhaul the nation's immigration system will stand as the most glaring failure in his effort to enact a vision of social change.



At 150, Ku Klux Klan sees opportunities in US political trends

Posted 7/1/2016 in National

Born in the ashes of the smoldering South after the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan died and was reborn before losing the fight against civil rights in the 1960s.



Other Europeans unhappy with EU could seek to follow UK out

Posted 7/1/2016 in National

Disenchantment with the European Union is not limited to British voters who opted to leave the bloc.



'Active shooter' report at military base was false alarm

Posted 7/1/2016 in National

The military base outside Washington where the presidential plane Air Force One is stationed was temporarily locked down Thursday after an "active shooter" report that turned out to be a false alarm.



Military base near DC lifts lockdown with 1 exception

Posted 6/30/2016 in National

A law enforcement official said this morning no active shooter was found at a military post outside Washington, and the base said a lockdown was lifted except for the building where an active shooter had been reported.



McConnell bids to shelter GOP senators from Trump upheaval

Posted 6/30/2016 in National

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is wrestling with an unenviable, arguably impossible task this election year: protecting Senate Republicans from the political upheaval caused by Donald Trump's presidential candidacy.



Trump gets rock-bottom ratings in international survey

Posted 6/30/2016 in National

A new multi-nation survey finds that confidence in Donald Trump's ability to manage foreign policy should he become U.S. president is rock-bottom in a host of countries in Europe and Asia.



Hillary Clinton raising big dollars at tiny fundraisers

Posted 6/30/2016 in National

A single elevator could have accommodated the donors who recently gathered with Hillary Clinton at home of the Pritzker family in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. Small in number, the group was big in largesse, contributing at least $1 million to help elect her and other Democrats this fall.



Lawyer in church shooting case calls prosecutor reckless

Posted 6/30/2016 in National

An attorney defending the man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina, says a state prosecutor is making reckless misstatements by implying a federal death sentence might not be carried out.



US officials: Military concerned about transgender timeline

Posted 6/30/2016 in National

The Pentagon is poised to announce new rules allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military, amid concerns from senior military leaders who believe the department is moving too fast and has yet to resolve many details, U.S. officials told The Associated Press.



Biden threatens funding cut if cancer trials conceal results

Posted 6/30/2016 in National

Vice President Joe Biden threatened Wednesday to pull federal funding for cancer studies that fail to publicly disclose their results, putting pressure on researchers, clinicians and drug companies to speed up progress toward cancer cures.



Poll: Two-thirds say Obama tried to make race relations better

Posted 6/29/2016 in National

lmost eight years after electing a black president, vast majorities of blacks and Hispanics think President Barack Obama at least tried to make race relations in the United States better, according to a poll released Monday.



Trump blasts trade deals, departing from GOP orthodoxy

Posted 6/29/2016 in National

Donald Trump called for a new era of economic "Americanism" Tuesday, promising to restore millions of lost factory jobs by backing away from decades of U.S. policy that encouraged trade with other nations -- a move that could undermine the country's place as the dominant player in the global economy.



Supreme Court leans left in term unsettled by Scalia's death

Posted 6/29/2016 in National

Justice Antonin Scalia's sudden death transformed the Supreme Court's term, shifted power to its liberal wing and started a transition that will be greatly affected by who wins the presidency.



Supreme Court rejects pharmacists' religious rights appeal on contraceptives

Posted 6/29/2016 in National

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from Washington state pharmacists who said they have religious objections to dispensing Plan B or other emergency contraceptives.



'Move on' from Benghazi? Republicans say it's unlikely

Posted 6/29/2016 in National

Hillary Clinton says it's "time to move on" after a congressional report on the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks accused the Obama administration of lethal mistakes, but produced no "smoking gun" pointing to wrongdoing by the former secretary of state.



Senate Democrats block GOP's Zika funding bill

Posted 6/29/2016 in National

A dysfunctional Senate split along party lines on Tuesday and left a $1.1 billion proposal to fight the Zika virus in limbo, despite growing fears and a more than 800 cases of Zika infection in the continental U.S.



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