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Senate approves Sept. 11 legislation despite Saudi threats

Posted 5/18/2016 in National

The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, rejecting the fierce objections of a U.S. ally and setting Congress on a collision course with the Obama administration.



House to vote on scaled-back Zika bill despite veto threat

Posted 5/18/2016 in National

Republicans controlling the House are ignoring protests from Democrats and a White House veto threat as they speed legislation funding the battle against the Zika virus to a vote.



Hillary Clinton and the 2-for-1 presidency

Posted 5/17/2016 in National

The notion of a 2-for-1 Clinton presidency is back.



On more than one issue, GOP's Trump sounds like a Democrat

Posted 5/17/2016 in National

As he tries to charm Republicans still skeptical of his presidential candidacy, Donald Trump has a challenge: On several key issues, he sounds an awful lot like a Democrat.



Trump talks to Megyn Kelly about bullying

Posted 5/17/2016 in National

Months after he savaged her on Twitter and elsewhere, Donald Trump tells Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly that people who are bullied "gotta get over it" and fight back.



Senate likely to advance $1.1B in Zika funding

Posted 5/17/2016 in National

After a three-month delay, the Senate is acting on President Barack Obama's request for money to combat the Zika virus.



8-justice Supreme Court dodges decision on birth control

Posted 5/17/2016 in National

A short-handed Supreme Court dodged but kept alive a legal challenge Monday from faith-based groups over the Obama administration's rules for cost-free access to birth control.



Citizen-scientists: Uncle Sam wants you to fight Zika!

Posted 5/16/2016 in National

The mosquitoes that can spread Zika are already buzzing among us. The U.S. government could use some help figuring out exactly where.



Democrats: Benghazi chairman ignores statement by GOP lawyer

Posted 5/16/2016 in National

The House Benghazi committee's Republican chairman is ignoring statements by his own former lawyer indicating that the U.S. military acted properly on the night of the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Libya, the panel's Democrats said.



Obama casts Trump philosophy as one of ignorance, isolation

Posted 5/16/2016 in National

President Barack Obama cast Donald Trump's positions on immigration, trade and Muslims as part of an ignorance-and-isolation philosophy that the president says will lead the U.S. down the path of decline.



Hero dog bitten saving 7-year-old girl from rattlesnake

Posted 5/14/2016 in National

When a venomous Eastern diamondback rattlesnake appeared in the backyard of a 7-year-old girl, her German shepherd came to her rescue, refusing to back down even when the snake bit him three times.



Register for the military draft: It's what a man's got to do, and women?

Posted 5/14/2016 in National

Congress is on the verge of ordering young women to register for a military draft for the first time in history, touching off outrage among social conservatives who fear the move is another step toward blurring gender lines.



Big rallies or quiet voters? Is Clinton low on enthusiasm?

Posted 5/14/2016 in National

Rock concert rallies versus intimate town halls. Adoring groupies versus dutiful voters. Sweeping promises versus targeted proposals.



Trump says his tax rate is no one's business

Posted 5/14/2016 in National

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is refusing to disclose even what tax rate he pays until an IRS audit of his tax returns is complete.



'Self-funded' Donald Trump preparing to seek big-donor money

Posted 5/14/2016 in National

The billionaire presidential candidate who prides himself on paying his own way and bashed his competition for relying on political donors now wants their money -- and lots of it.



US gives directive to schools on transgender bathroom access

Posted 5/13/2016 in National

Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between the federal government and North Carolina.



'Folks back home' have varying views on N. Carolina LGBT law

Posted 5/13/2016 in National

In defending a law limiting protections for LGBT people, North Carolina's powerful Republican Senate leader recently said that "folks back home" couldn't understand the outcry that's included loud demonstrations, and dozens of arrests, over the law.



Fearing Trump, some Democrats up pressure on Sanders to exit race

Posted 5/13/2016 in National

Pressure is mounting on Bernie Sanders to end his campaign for president, with Democratic Party leaders raising alarms that his continued presence in the race is undermining efforts to beat presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump this fall.



Trump, Ryan, pledge to work together

Posted 5/13/2016 in National

Straining to mend their party after months of chaos, Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan declared themselves "totally committed" to working together after a fence-mending personal meeting on Thursday.



2nd website posts auction for gun that killed Trayvon Martin

Posted 5/13/2016 in National

An online gun auction website yanked George Zimmerman's ad to sell the pistol he used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, saying it wanted no part in the deal, but a second site offered to post it.



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