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New Jersey panel could call Christie to testify

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  • Yes, Some Republicans Are Racist
    Yes, Some Republicans Are Racist Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Not a month goes by without a GOP racial gaffe, racist vitriol fills conservative websites’ comment sections, and the party refuses to take on the issue. Of course Steve Israel’s right. More »

  • Obama, Republicans compete for support among women
    Obama, Republicans compete for support among women Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After months on the defensive over his health law, a more combative President Barack Obama has emerged to fight about gender politics, leading to an election-year competition with Republicans for support from women. More »

  • Armenian president names speaker as new prime minister
    Armenian president names speaker as new prime minister Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan appointed parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamyan as the ex-Soviet republic's new prime minister on Sunday, replacing a six-year veteran who resigned after protests against his pension reform. Former reformist Prime Minister Tigran Sarksyan, who was central bank governor before taking over the government in 2008, stepped down earlier this month after the pension protests and a court ruling declaring part of the reform unconstitutional. "I'm sure that everyone will understand very quickly that Armenia has a very effective new prime minister," President Sargsyan told his ruling Republican Party after announcing Abrahamyan's appointment. Abrahamyan, 56, who is the president's deputy in the Republican Party and an economist by training, had been parliamentary speaker since 2008. More »

  • Why You Should Want Hillary v. Jeb
    Why You Should Want Hillary v. Jeb Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? More »

  • US plans first cabinet visit to Taiwan in 14 years
    US plans first cabinet visit to Taiwan in 14 years Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    The top US environmental official will visit Taiwan in the first trip by a cabinet-level leader from Washington to the Chinese-claimed island in 14 years, officials aid Saturday. More »

  • 'Obamacare' under attack as conservatives eye 2016
    'Obamacare' under attack as conservatives eye 2016 Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama's health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans said marked the campaign's unofficial start. More »

  • President Obama: Republicans Suppressing Voters' Rights More Than Ever
    President Obama: Republicans Suppressing Voters' Rights More Than Ever Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    President Barack Obama has said that the Republican party is threatening voters' rights more than at any other time since the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. In his second speech on race issues in two days, Obama told Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network conference in New York: "The stark and simple truth is this: the right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago." "Let's be clear - the real voter fraud is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud," Obama said. In June last year, the US Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act, which was passed in 1965 to protect the democratic rights of African Americans and other minorities. More »

  • G20 urges US to ratify IMF reforms by year-end
    G20 urges US to ratify IMF reforms by year-end Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Blossoms are seen in front of the logo for the annual International Monetary Fund/World Bank Spring Meetings at the World Bank headquarters in Washington on April 5, 2014 More »

  • Obama: Right to vote under threat in the US
    Obama: Right to vote under threat in the US Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for millions of black Americans and other minorities. More »

  • Some Iowa Republicans sour on Ryan budget plan Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan will have a lot of work to do in Iowa, should he seek the 2016 presidential nomination, based on the range of sour reactions to his just-passed House budget proposal. More »

  • Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies aged 68
    Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies aged 68 Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    British author Sue Townsend, whose books about awkward teenage diarist Adrian Mole sold tens of millions of copies worldwide, has died at the age of 68, her publishers said Friday. More »

  • DC’s Politics of Self-Destruction
    DC’s Politics of Self-Destruction Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    From ‘un-American’ slander to shouting like a teenager at the leader of the free world, politicians on both parties are misrepresenting our country—and themselves. More »

  • Jeb Bush immigration remark could be 2016 problem
    Jeb Bush immigration remark could be 2016 problem Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — With a single phrase of compassion for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, Jeb Bush has prompted questions about his viability as a potential presidential contender and underscored how divisive the immigration issue remains for the Republican Party. More »

  • Catholicism, George W. Bush, and the cluelessness of the religious right
    Catholicism, George W. Bush, and the cluelessness of the religious right Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    It went something like this: From the time of the Puritans all the way down to the early 1970s, American public life was decisively shaped by the moral and spiritual witness of the Protestant Mainline's leading churches: The Congregationalists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, Baptists, and Episcopalians. This was a potentially disastrous development, depriving America of the theologically grounded public philosophy that it needs in order to thrive. But as luck — or providence — would have it, the decline of the Mainline churches set in at the precise moment when two other monumental cultural and religious developments unfolded: The rise of a politicized form of Protestant evangelicalism and a revival of intellectual and spiritual energy in the Catholic Church under Pope John Paul II. The time was ripe for evangelicals and Catholics to come together to form a successor to the Mainline churches. The public philosophy promulgated by this new-fangled amalgam of evangelicalism and Catholicism (with the former supplying the foot soldiers and the latter providing the ideas) would be staunchly opposed to abortion and euthanasia. More »

  • Connecticut Republicans loudly applaud Jeb Bush Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Republicans, to be seen as a young and dynamic political party, must present a positive agenda that restores opportunity for social mobility and reforms the nation's immigration policies, former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Thursday. More »

  • Jeb Bush remarks expose GOP's immigration problem
    Jeb Bush remarks expose GOP's immigration problem Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — With three little words, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush set off a fury this week that served as a potent reminder of how difficult the immigration issue remains for his possible presidential ambitions and the Republican Party. More »

  • La. congressman in kiss tape says he won't resign
    La. congressman in kiss tape says he won't resign Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    MONROE, La. (AP) — Despite calls for his resignation, a Louisiana congressman videotaped kissing a married woman who is not wife says he will not step down from the seat. More »

  • How conservatives are destroying capitalism
    How conservatives are destroying capitalism Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    I've written before about how Thomas Piketty's great new book Capital in the Twenty-First Century has made free-market conservatives distinctly uneasy. Perhaps for the first time in the post-war era, a genuine American socialist movement might be on the horizon, thanks to growing awareness both of rising income inequality and of a system that is flagrantly rigged in favor of the financial elite. Paradoxically, conservatives are more responsible for this socialist resurgence than anyone. By fanatically opposing the kind of mild — and yes, socialist-tinged — reforms that would make capitalism more tolerable for the most vulnerable in society, conservatives are stoking a leftist bonfire. More »

  • AP source: GOP chair pushes McAllister resignation
    AP source: GOP chair pushes McAllister resignation Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Captured on tape kissing another man's wife, a married Republican congressman was urged Wednesday by the leader of the Louisiana GOP to resign from the seat he's only held since November. More »

  • For Obama, frustration in comparisons to LBJ
    For Obama, frustration in comparisons to LBJ Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Perhaps no historical analogy irks the White House more than the comparisons between Presidents Barack Obama and Lyndon B. Johnson, two Democrats who occupied the Oval Office a half-century apart. More »

  • Republicans get .gop domain
    Republicans get .gop domain Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    The Republican party has won approval for the .gop domain from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a move the party hopes will consolidate its online outreach efforts and make official websites easier to find. The domain will be available in 75 days. More »

  • Blunder Reveals GOP’s Dark Heart
    Blunder Reveals GOP’s Dark Heart Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    It’s not Kirsten Kukowski’s fault she only had gibberish to spout about workplace gender fairness. It’s the fault of her party and its culture—and the GOP will pay for it with women. More »

  • Famous Kennedy name to be on Connecticut ballot
    Famous Kennedy name to be on Connecticut ballot Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) — Ted Kennedy Jr. has long had his famous name bandied about as a potential candidate for high political office while he worked for the disabled, campaigned for others and gave a stirring eulogy for his father. More »

  • GOP leader: La. lawmaker's apology appropriate Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republicans kept their distance Tuesday from a Louisiana congressman who asked for forgiveness after a newspaper published a video it says shows him kissing a woman who isn't his wife. More »

  • Can Democrats still win in Kentucky? Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Sam Youngman, a veteran political reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader, joined us on Political Wire's podcast for a fascinating look at Kentucky politics, including the Bluegrass State's marquee U.S. Senate race and Sen. Rand Paul's political aspirations. Based on President Obama's approval numbers, you wouldn't know that the Bluegrass State voted for Bill Clinton twice. The state's politics have changed dramatically, and not to Obama's benefit. More »

  • Unemployment benefits bill headed to House
    Unemployment benefits bill headed to House Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Election-year legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits is headed to the House, where a small band of dissident Republicans is leaning on Speaker John Boehner to permit a vote on resuming aid to ... More »

  • No Immigration Reform for Military
    No Immigration Reform for Military Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    Perhaps the most sympathetic group of the 11 million people who qualify for the DREAM Act isn’t good enough for immigration hardliners. More »

  • 2016 campaign checklist: O'Malley
    2016 campaign checklist: O'Malley Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A look at preparations by Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: More »

  • 2016 campaign checklist: Perry
    2016 campaign checklist: Perry Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A look at Texas Gov. Rick Perry's preparations for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: More »

  • Mozilla CEO resignation raises free-speech issues
    Mozilla CEO resignation raises free-speech issues Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    The resignation of Mozilla's CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley's strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that ... More »

  • Boehner buys TV ad time in his Ohio district
    Boehner buys TV ad time in his Ohio district Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Facing a primary challenge from three fellow Republicans, House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday began spending money on television ads in his Ohio congressional district. Boehner, the top Republican in ... More »

  • Armenia's prime minister steps down Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's prime minister says he has submitted his resignation, a move that comes in the wake of a court ruling against a pension reform he has championed. More »

  • Republicans like campaign money ruling, Dems don't
    Republicans like campaign money ruling, Dems don't Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans call the Supreme Court's latest ruling on campaign donations a victory for free speech. Democrats say it's more like a win for the wealthy. More »

  • Big donors may give even more under court's ruling
    Big donors may give even more under court's ruling Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    The Supreme Court ruling Wednesday erasing a long-standing limit on campaign donations will allow a small number of very wealthy donors to give even more than is currently the case, according to students ... More »

  • Las Vegas among leaders in push for GOP convention
    Las Vegas among leaders in push for GOP convention Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Backed by one of the GOP's most powerful benefactors, Las Vegas has emerged as an early leader in the multi-city fight to host the next Republican National Convention. The competition is far from over ... More »