Latest US elections 2012 News

  • Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans
    Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field. More »

  • The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet
    The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    In a different era’s Democratic Party, Jim Webb might be a serious contender for the presidential nomination. In today’s leftward drifting Democratic Party, however, it’s hard to see Webb—who declared his candidacy Thursday—getting very far. As surprising as Bernie Sanders’s rise in the polls has been, he looks more like the Democratic base than Webb does. More »

  • Is Donald Trump becoming a Republican liability? Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Donald Trump is a "political disaster," says The Wall Street Journal. Trump is "dangerously toxic for the GOP brand," The Washington Post pronounces. Indeed, thanks in part to his larger-than-life persona, and to his rambling, flamboyant, stream-of-consciousness speech at his presidential campaign launch two weeks ago, in which he famously referred to Mexican immigrants as "rapists" and "killers," Trump has quickly become a liability for the GOP, which is trying to rehabilitate its brand as more minority- and millennial-friendly. More »

  • Reelz comes to the rescue of homeless Miss USA pageant
    Reelz comes to the rescue of homeless Miss USA pageant Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel. In a statement Thursday, Reelz ... More »

  • Trump's Miss USA pageant finds new broadcaster after NBC drops show
    Trump's Miss USA pageant finds new broadcaster after NBC drops show Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    (Reuters) - The independent U.S. cable network REELZ will telecast the Miss USA pageant on July 12, the company announced on Thursday, stepping in after NBC dropped plans to broadcast the show because of inflammatory remarks about Mexican immigrants made by co-owner and U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. "The decision on the part of REELZ to acquire the rights to the MISS USA Pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part of American tradition,” CEO Stan Hubbard said in a statement. The fate of the pageant's English-language broadcast had come into question after Comcast Corp-owned NBC announced on Monday it would no longer air the event "due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants" the company said in a press statement. More »

  • Macy's dumps Trump; New York City reviewing contracts
    Macy's dumps Trump; New York City reviewing contracts Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Macy's department store chain joined an ongoing exodus from association with Donald Trump and New Mexico's governor and New York City's mayor slammed him over his comments on Mexican immigrants. Gov. ... More »

  • New Mexico governor denounces Trump's comments
    New Mexico governor denounces Trump's comments Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez denounced GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump's recent remarks about Mexican immigrants and called his comments "horrible." More »

  • Why more states are considering marijuana legalization Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Smoke filled the air at the Burnside Bridge in downtown Portland last night as marijuana smokers lit their celebratory joints, marking Oregon’s legalization of recreational use. Oregon’s marijuana supporters have been waiting for this moment since last November, when voters backed Measure 91, a law that allows for recreational use, Reuters reported. The legislation will also allow for shops to sell marijuana by next year. More »

  • Anti-capitalist eco-crusader Naomi Klein hosted at Vatican Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican added yet another strange bedfellow to its expanding ecological alliance Wednesday, hosting anti-capitalist eco-crusader Naomi Klein at a conference on saving the planet. More »

  • Rand Paul meets with Cliven Bundy on Nevada campaign stop
    Rand Paul meets with Cliven Bundy on Nevada campaign stop Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul met with southern Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy on Monday during a question-and-answer session in the town of Mesquite with about 50 supporters and activists interested in land rights. More »

  • Mexico won't send candidate to Miss Universe over Trump comments - Tele … Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Mexico will not send a contestant to this year's Miss Universe pageant after part owner and TV personality Donald Trump made comments insulting Mexicans, Mexican broadcaster Televisa said on Monday. Televisa and former Miss Universe Lupita Jones organise a pageant to select a Mexican candidate for the contest. U.S. broadcaster NBC has also said it would no longer air the pageant after Trump described migrants from Mexico as drug-runners and rapists. More »

  • NBC fires Trump, drops pageants over candidate's insults to Mexicans
    NBC fires Trump, drops pageants over candidate's insults to Mexicans Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    (Reuters) - NBC cut ties with U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and the "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants on Monday after the real estate developer and TV personality made comments insulting Mexicans earlier this month. The pageants, part of a 50/50 joint venture with NBCUniversal for the English-language broadcasts that together have in the past year attracted 13 million viewers, would no longer air on NBC "due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants" the company said in a press statement. The decision by Comcast Corp-owned NBC was announced four days after Spanish-language Univision [UVN.UL]said it would not air the Miss USA pageant on July 12 and severed ties to the Miss Universe Organization. More »

  • Cruz's new book ignites spat with GOP strategist Karl Rove
    Cruz's new book ignites spat with GOP strategist Karl Rove Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Though it's not even out yet, tea party firebrand Ted Cruz's new book is already irking at least one member of the Republican establishment: Karl Rove. More »

  • A look at 13 states using redistricting commissions Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The Constitution requires boundaries for U.S. House districts to be redrawn after each census. While that task typically is done by state legislatures, 13 states use commissions as part of their congressional redistricting process. The amount of legislative involvement with those commissions varies by state. More »

  • Religious liberty is rallying cry after gay marriage ruling
    Religious liberty is rallying cry after gay marriage ruling Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Their concerns are for the thousands of faith-based charities, colleges and hospitals ... More »

  • Obama’s Grace
    Obama’s Grace Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    I think Barack Obama’s eulogy yesterday for parishioners of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston was his most fully successful performance as an orator. ... More »

  • Some in GOP fed up with Maine's bombastic governor
    Some in GOP fed up with Maine's bombastic governor Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage's bombastic leadership style long ago alienated Democrats. Now even some in his own party are fed up, saying his high-profile antics have squandered his political capital. More »

  • GOP lockstep against Obamacare, split on same-sex marriage
    GOP lockstep against Obamacare, split on same-sex marriage Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in two days, the Supreme Court struck at the heart of the Republican Party platform. More »

  • Colorado GOP committee backs chair in blackmail scandal Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Republican Party's executive committee on Friday voted overwhelmingly to support the party's chairman after he contended that the state attorney general and others tried to force him to resign his post by threatening to release details of an affair he denies. More »

  • Some Republican 2016 hopefuls condemn high court's gay marriage ruling Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the Republican Party's presidential candidates reacted angrily to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, despite a shift in public opinion in recent years towards acceptance of it. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is among more than a dozen people seeking the Republican nomination for the November 2016 election, called the court's decision a "grave mistake." "The only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage," Walker said in a statement, one of many swiftly sent out by Republicans. The Iowa Republican Party, which has played an influential role historically in picking its party's presidential candidates as an early voting state, said the 5-4 Supreme Court decision snuffed out "by fiat" state laws banning gay marriage. More »

  • Gay marriage a done deal as political issue? Not so fast Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Conventional wisdom has long held that a Supreme Court decision establishing same-sex marriage rights nationwide would resolve the issue as a political matter, especially in the 2016 presidential race. Republicans who oppose gay marriage could simply say, “The court has spoken,” and then move on, the thinking went. Recommended: How much do you know about gay rights in America? More »

  • The Latest: Gay-marriage ruling another blow to GOP beliefs
    The Latest: Gay-marriage ruling another blow to GOP beliefs Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. (All times Eastern) More »

  • Jindal announcement light on Louisiana's elected officials
    Jindal announcement light on Louisiana's elected officials Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — It seemed like a no-miss event in Louisiana politics, a sitting governor announcing his bid for the White House. But the crowd at Gov. Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign kickoff rally noticeably lacked for political star power. More »

  • Cleveland businesses prepare for 2016 GOP convention Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Hundreds of vendors, suppliers and business owners in northeast Ohio are strategizing on how they can cash in on the hundreds of millions of dollars expected to be spent during the Republican National ... More »

  • 5 things: Public opinion behind government on health care
    5 things: Public opinion behind government on health care Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans wanted the Supreme Court to side with the government on whether the federal government could continue subsidizing insurance premiums in all 50 states under President Barack Obama's health care law, according to polls conducted before the justices' ruling Thursday. More »

  • 5 things to know about US public opinion on health care case
    5 things to know about US public opinion on health care case Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Most Americans want the Supreme Court to side with the government when it decides whether the feds can continue subsidizing insurance premiums in all 50 states under President Barack Obama's health care ... More »

  • Can Bobby Jindal catch on in 2016? Six things to know about his record Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, the latest entrant into the 2016 presidential race, was long known as the Wunderkind of the Republican Party. Before many peers had even finished their schooling, Governor Jindal had run his state’s health department and university system, then served in the administration of the first President Bush. More »

  • The Star-Spangled Banner in South Carolina
    The Star-Spangled Banner in South Carolina Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    The controversy over the flying of the Confederate flag at the South Carolina state capitol begins with secession. While defenders of the Confederate flag exalt it as an emblem of regional “heritage,” it was designed as the ensign of a slaveholders’ republic, revived a century later as the symbol of massive resistance to civil rights, and became an iconic code for the Republicans’ Southern strategy. “We stood on the balcony to see our Confederate flag go up. More »

  • Colorado GOP says lawyer spoke with prosecutors over scandal
    Colorado GOP says lawyer spoke with prosecutors over scandal Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado Republican Party spokesman said Tuesday that party lawyers have talked with prosecutors about allegations that several leading Republicans tried to blackmail the chairman of the state GOP into resigning. More »

  • The Fight Against Confederate Symbols Spreads
    The Fight Against Confederate Symbols Spreads Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The ground seems to be shifting quickly on Confederate emblems—not just in South Carolina, but across the country. Meanwhile, as sales of Confederate flags surged online, both Amazon and a leading flag maker announced they would follow Walmart, Sears, and other retailers in ceasing to sell Confederate merchandise. The change in South Carolina politics over the last few days has been nothing short of shocking. More »

  • The Spreading Opposition to Confederate Symbols
    The Spreading Opposition to Confederate Symbols Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The ground seems to be shifting quickly on Confederate emblems—not just in South Carolina, but across the country. Meanwhile, as sales of Confederate flags surged online, both Amazon and a leading flag maker announced they would follow Walmart, Sears, and other retailers in ceasing to sell Confederate merchandise. The change in South Carolina politics over the last few days has been nothing short of shocking. More »

  • Latest on church shooting: Lieutenant governor talks flag
  • Latest on church shooting: Lawmaker backs Miss. flag change
  • SC governor: Removing Confederate flag will defy race hatred
    SC governor: Removing Confederate flag will defy race hatred Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's governor declared Monday that the Confederate flag should be removed from the Statehouse grounds as she acknowledged that its use as a symbol of hatred by the man accused of killing nine black church members has made it too divisive to display in such a public space. More »

  • White supremacist campaign donations: How did Republicans not know? Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Why didn’t Ted Cruz (or Rand Paul or Rick Santorum) know that campaign donor Earl Holt III is the president of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist organization? Holt’s racist writings came to light following last week’s massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. The alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, was apparently influenced by Holt. More »