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Judge asks US to defend secrecy of Trump associate's history

Posted 3/22/2016 in National

A federal judge has asked the Obama administration to shield from public disclosure court records related to the once-secret criminal history of a former Donald Trump business partner.



Obama to nudge Cuba on freedoms in direct appeal to citizens

Posted 3/22/2016 in National

Nudging Cuba toward democracy, President Barack Obama will cast a spotlight on political repression and economic deprivation here when he meets with dissidents and speaks to the Cuban people at the close of a trailblazing trip.



To woo students, more colleges now hand-deliver acceptances

Posted 3/21/2016 in National

The visitors walking up her family's driveway mystified Maya Wolf. Four wore blue jackets. One was in a lion mascot costume. Then, as it clicked, she reached to her mouth in surprise.



Protesters block main road to Trump rally

Posted 3/19/2016 in National

Protesters blocked a main highway leading into the Phoenix suburb Saturday where Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump was staging a campaign rally alongside Arizona's contentious sheriff, Joe Arpaio.



Clinton faces challenge: Black voters in Rust Belt

Posted 3/19/2016 in National

This month has brought a new challenge for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign: Black voters in Rust Belt states aren't as solidly behind her as they've been in the South.



GOP candidates taking aim at Common Core standards

Posted 3/19/2016 in National

Note to Republican presidential candidates: Congress passed, with broad bipartisan support, an education law that specifically says the federal government cannot push academic standards such as Common Core or give incentives to states that adopt them.



Conservatives plot Trump demise as he eyes Arizona win

Posted 3/18/2016 in National

Fearful of a Donald Trump nomination to lead the GOP, conservative leaders huddled privately in Washington on Thursday in search of a plan to stop the billionaire businessman.



Sanders says he has a 'path toward victory'

Posted 3/18/2016 in National

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he still maintains a "path toward victory" in his Democratic presidential bid against Hillary Clinton, rejecting suggestions that she has all but sewn up the party's nomination.



Black women feel jilted by Obama with Supreme Court pick

Posted 3/17/2016 in National

Black women's groups said Wednesday they feel President Barack Obama jilted them by choosing someone other than a black woman as his newest nominee for the Supreme Court.



After a night of primary victories, Clinton looks ahead

Posted 3/17/2016 in National

Sweeping to victory in four key primary contests, Hillary Clinton has solidified her hold on the Democratic nomination, allowing her to begin the work of unifying her party against GOP front-runner Donald Trump.



Trump: Time to rally around me -- or expect voter riots

Posted 3/17/2016 in National

After yet another round of convincing victories for Donald Trump, Republican leaders spent Wednesday wavering between grudging acceptance and deep denial about the businessman's likely ascent to the GOP presidential nomination.



Rubio ends White House quest after humiliating Florida loss

Posted 3/16/2016 in National

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio dropped out of the race for president Tuesday, ending his White House bid after a humbling loss in his home state to Donald Trump.



Math and momentum point to Trump, Clinton nominations

Posted 3/16/2016 in National

The day after high-stakes contests in five states, the math and momentum point to a Donald Trump Republican presidential nomination as GOP officials grapple with whether to embrace the billionaire businessman or rally behind a longshot alternative.



Conservatives block budget; Ryan cites anxiety among voters

Posted 3/16/2016 in National

Dealing an embarrassing setback to House Speaker Paul Ryan, tea party conservatives are blocking a leadership-backed budget plan as the candidacy of GOP front-runner Donald Trump stokes anxiety among congressional Republicans facing an angry, anti-Washington electorate.



GOP files more lawsuits seeking Hillary Clinton records

Posted 3/16/2016 in National

The Republican Party filed a flurry of new lawsuits this week seeking reams of government documents related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.



Obama dismayed by vulgarity, violence of campaign

Posted 3/16/2016 in National

President Barack Obama said Tuesday he was dismayed by "vulgar and divisive rhetoric" directed at women and minorities as well as the violence that has occurred in the 2016 presidential campaign.



North Korea sentences US tourist to 15 years in prison

Posted 3/16/2016 in National

North Korea's highest court sentenced an American tourist to 15 years in prison with hard labor for subversion today, weeks after authorities presented him to media and he tearfully confessed that he had tried to steal a propaganda banner.



New faith-based films tone down religion, amp up star power

Posted 3/16/2016 in National

For some filmgoers, hearing a movie described as "faith-based" makes it a must-see. But just as many others find the term a turn-off.



Justice Dept.: States shouldn't jail over fine nonpayment

Posted 3/15/2016 in National

The Justice Department is discouraging state court systems from jailing poor defendants who fail to pay fines or fees, warning against practices that it says run afoul of the Constitution and erode community trust.



Disorder at Trump rallies: As American as cherry pie?

Posted 3/15/2016 in National

Even before the presidential candidate arrived at the rally, the arena seethed. Fistfights broke out as the national anthem played. Supporters tore up demonstrators' signs, beat them with sticks, pummeled them with folding chairs.



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