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Joe says no: Biden won't run in 2016 race, a boost for Clinton

Posted 10/22/2015 in National

After months of tortured indecision, Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he won't be a candidate in the 2016 White House campaign, solidifying Hillary Rodham Clinton's status as the Democratic front-runner and the party's likely heir to President Barack Obama's legacy.


Marijuana use in US adults doubles in decade, surveys show

Posted 10/22/2015 in National

Marijuana use among U.S. adults doubled over a decade, rising to almost 10 percent or more than 22 million mostly recreational users, government surveys show.



Mormon leader: Ky. clerk taking wrong approach on gays

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

The Mormon Church staked a deeper claim to middle ground in American society on Tuesday, advocating for compromises between protecting religious liberties and prohibiting discrimination, and criticizing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for refusing to license gay marriages.



Trump's Republican critics pushing for GOP-backed takedown

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

Don't expect Democrats to take down Donald Trump. If the GOP's baffled establishment wants to dismiss their party's billionaire presidential front-runner, it appears they'll have to do it themselves.


Poll: After debate, voters say Clinton most electable

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

Democrats appear to be rallying around Hillary Rodham Clinton after her commanding performance in the party's first presidential debate, with strong majorities viewing her favorably and more saying she can win the White House than any of her rivals, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows.

Webb dropping out of Democratic race for president

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb said Tuesday he is dropping out of the Democratic race for president and is considering his options about how he might "remain as a voice" in the campaign.

Ryan to seek speakership if House GOP unifies behind him

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers late Tuesday that he will run for speaker, but only if they embrace him by week's end as their consensus candidate -- an ambitious bid to impose unity on a disordered and divided House.


Eyeing settlement, states move quickly in VW case

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

With billions of dollars at stake in restitution and penalties, U.S. states are moving quickly to try to hold Volkswagen accountable for its emissions-cheating scandal.



Cancer group's mammogram advice: Start later and get fewer

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

The American Cancer Society now says women should start mammograms later in life and get fewer of them, a stance that puts the trusted group closer to an influential government task force's advice.



Health law fine on the uninsured will more than double in 2016

Posted 10/20/2015 in National

The math is harsh: The federal penalty for having no health insurance is set to jump to $695, and the Obama administration is being urged to highlight that cold fact in its new pitch for health law sign-ups.



Democrats bring gun debate back to presidential campaign

Posted 10/20/2015 in National

After 15 years of a virtual gag order on guns in presidential politics, Democrats are talking again.



Representative: Benghazi testimony debunks GOP claims

Posted 10/20/2015 in National

Democrats on the House committee investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, issued a report Monday disputing what they say are unsubstantiated claims about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by some Republican members of Congress and GOP presidential candidates.



Bush, Rubio step up jabs as 2016 rivalry heats up

Posted 10/20/2015 in National

Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are on course for a collision.


GOP presidential candidates juggle day jobs, campaign

Posted 10/20/2015 in National

As Republican Gov. John Kasich travels the country in a quest for the presidency, his people back home want Ohioans to know that he's still focused on his day job.

Court date today for 6 charged in NY church beating

Posted 10/16/2015 in National

A mother charged with killing her teenage son in a church felt helpless to stop an "intervention" that spiraled into a severe beating, her lawyer says.


Feds launch nationwide synthetic drug crackdown

Posted 10/16/2015 in National

Federal drug agents have arrested more than 100 people across the country in the latest phase of a national crackdown on manufacturers and purveyors of synthetic drugs, the Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday.



With letter, Biden aide urges Dems not to count him out yet

Posted 10/16/2015 in National

Just as Democrats were starting to count him out, Joe Biden sent a clear signal through his political team that not only might he enter the presidential race soon, he has a strategy prepared that he thinks could win.



News Guide: Trump ceases self-funding, Democrats top GOP

Posted 10/16/2015 in National

Jeb Bush raised $13.4 million over the summer for his Republican presidential bid -- more than almost any other primary competitor, but far less than political newcomer Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who collected about $20 million during the same time period.



Government: No benefit hike for Social Security next year

Posted 10/15/2015 in National

There will be no benefit increase next year for millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees, the government said today.



Clinton's strong debate is election warning for GOP

Posted 10/15/2015 in National

Hillary Rodham Clinton's polished performance in the first Democratic debate did more than send a message to her primary rivals.



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