Latest US elections 2012 News

  • Brazil's new Right on the march
    Brazil's new Right on the march Tue, May 26, 2015

    The teenage flag-bearer of Brazil's new Right, Kim Kataguiri, is marching on Brasilia as more conservative voices demand the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. More »

  • Perry seeks to win over Iowa with frequent visits
    Perry seeks to win over Iowa with frequent visits Mon, May 25, 2015

    LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — Rick Perry's early, hands-on approach in Iowa contrasts with the 2016 presidential prospect's failed bid four years ago, when he entered the race relatively late and stumbled in the debates. More »

  • Perry seeks to win over Iowa, a handshake at a time
    Perry seeks to win over Iowa, a handshake at a time Mon, May 25, 2015

    LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — Rick Perry is working his way through small-town Iowa one handshake, bear hug and backslap at a time. More »

  • Pence passes up presidential bid, but future still cloudy
    Pence passes up presidential bid, but future still cloudy Sat, May 23, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's decision not to fulfill the political buzz and chase White House dreams in 2016 doesn't necessarily clear up questions about his future. More »

  • US Senate blocks bill on NSA surveillance
    US Senate blocks bill on NSA surveillance Sat, May 23, 2015

    Republican-led Senate blocks a House bill that would have ended the bulk collection of domestic phone records. More »

  • Huckabee is latest straw poll no-show. Is event in jeopardy?
    Huckabee is latest straw poll no-show. Is event in jeopardy? Thu, May 21, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The people running Iowa's Republican presidential straw poll want less money and glitz involved as they try to take this summer's event back to basics. But now they are facing a different kind of downsizing — fewer candidates. More »

  • 2016 prospect Rand Paul in new book: GOP willing to change
    2016 prospect Rand Paul in new book: GOP willing to change Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul reaches out in his most direct way yet to African-Americans in a new book that highlights his libertarian policies on government surveillance, the economy and criminal justice reform. More »

  • Why Are the Republican Debates Limited to 10 Candidates?
    Why Are the Republican Debates Limited to 10 Candidates? Thu, May 21, 2015

    A rare exception came Wednesday, when CNN and Fox both released their guidelines for 2016 Republican debates—coming to a swing state near you, this fall! The most discussed, and curious, element in the rules set was the number of candidates who will be allowed on stage: an even 10. The first 10 candidates—ranked from highest to lowest in polling order from an average of all qualifying polls released between July 16 and September 10 who satisfy the criteria requirements ... will be invited to participate in 'Segment B' of the September 16, 2015 Republican Presidential Primary Debate. CNN also creates a loser’s bracket (or as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls it, a “kid’s table”) for candidates who are polling at 1 percent or higher in three national polls but don’t otherwise meet the requirements. More »

  • What Will Bobby Jindal's 'Marriage and Conscience Order' Actually …
    What Will Bobby Jindal's 'Marriage and Conscience Order' Actually … Thu, May 21, 2015

    The late Earl Long was governor of Louisiana, on and off, for more than a decade. Louisiana’s present governor, Bobby Jindal, entered office as a capable administrator and seems determined to leave it as an amateurish salesman. All the other kids are doing it.)  The next day, he issued a remarkable document, Executive Order BJ-2015-8, the “Marriage and Conscience Order.” The order was released just hours after a committee of the Louisiana Legislature defeated the “Marriage and Conscience Act,” HB 707, a bill designed to protect anyone in the state who acted “in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction about the institution of marriage”—in other words, who discriminated against same-sex married couples. More »

  • Oklahoma GOP roiled by infighting as conference looms Thu, May 21, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As Republicans prepare for some of the party's biggest names to descend on Oklahoma for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, the state party is being rocked by infighting over its new chairman's decision to retain a staffer who pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge. More »

  • GOP primary for governor in Kentucky too close to call
    GOP primary for governor in Kentucky too close to call Wed, May 20, 2015

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's volatile Republican primary for governor ended in a virtual tie Tuesday night as less than 100 votes separated Matt Bevin and James Comer. More »

  • Missouri Republican power shaken by scandal, tragedy
    Missouri Republican power shaken by scandal, tragedy Tue, May 19, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In many regards, Missouri Republicans have seldom been more powerful than they currently are, well positioned to carry out their part in the conservative movement sweeping the Midwest and South. More »

  • Florida's GOP primary could give a boost to a favorite son Tue, May 19, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has put itself in a position to help the White House bids of either former Gov. Jeb Bush or Sen. Marco Rubio, by setting up a winner-take-all Republican presidential primary as early as possible in the nominating calendar. More »

  • Can GOP keep up with shifting demographics among supporters? Tue, May 19, 2015

    Will Republicans be able to attract new voters in time for the 2016 election? It is also the question being asked by Politico's Daniel McGraw, who pointed out in his story that the GOP is not attracting first-time voters. Mr. McGraw did some math using exit poll numbers from the 2012 election and estimated that roughly 2.75 million people who voted for Republican candidate Mitt Romney and some 2.3 million of Barack Obama's supporters will have died by the next election. More »

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: House Republicans quiz Scott Walker
    Capitol Hill Buzz: House Republicans quiz Scott Walker Tue, May 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans wanted to know what Scott Walker tells voters about a would-be president who lacks a college degree. So they asked the GOP Wisconsin governor about it Tuesday, and they say he passed the quiz with flying colors. More »

  • GOP conservatives confident they can kill Ex-Im Bank Tue, May 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives dominating the GOP-controlled House said Tuesday that they are increasingly confident of killing a little-known federal agency that subsidizes overseas purchases of U.S. exports. More »

  • GOP committee declines to ask Guinta to resign
    GOP committee declines to ask Guinta to resign Tue, May 19, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Republican Party's Executive Committee has declined to ask U.S. Rep Frank Guinta to resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans that he step down after the Federal Election Commission found he broke the law by accepting campaign donations from his parents. More »

  • Guinta plans to serve constituents amid donation questions
    Guinta plans to serve constituents amid donation questions Mon, May 18, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta said Monday he'll remain in office despite calls from fellow Republicans that he resign after the Federal Election Commission found he broke the law by accepting campaign donations from his parents. More »

  • Louisiana governor forms presidential exploratory committee
    Louisiana governor forms presidential exploratory committee Mon, May 18, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took another step toward running for president Monday, announcing the formation of an exploratory committee to consider a GOP campaign and suggesting the nation needs a leader with the "ideas to change our country's future." More »

  • British parliament reconvenes after Cameron's victory
    British parliament reconvenes after Cameron's victory Mon, May 18, 2015

    British lawmakers appointed a speaker on Monday as they convened in the House of Commons for the first time since a general election that handed Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives a surprise majority. More »

  • US Senate's climate sentry on lonely mission
    US Senate's climate sentry on lonely mission Mon, May 18, 2015

    He often speaks to an empty chamber, unheard and unheeded by his colleagues. More »

  • Jacksonville mayoral race draws national political interest
    Jacksonville mayoral race draws national political interest Sun, May 17, 2015

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — There's a reason why the Jacksonville mayoral race is drawing the attention of outsiders like former President Bill Clinton, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and it's about more than who wins on Tuesday. More »

  • Billionaire Justice aims to self-fund in W.Va. governor race Sun, May 17, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three decades after Republicans dared Jay Rockefeller to "spend it all" in a campaign for governor, billionaire businessman Jim Justice will help bankroll his own Democratic run for the state's top executive job. More »

  • Republicans criticize Clinton for not talking to press
    Republicans criticize Clinton for not talking to press Sun, May 17, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential hopefuls gathered in Iowa are taking jabs at Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton for not fielding more questions from the press. More »

  • Texan Rick Perry pushes oil pipeline during Iowa GOP event
    Texan Rick Perry pushes oil pipeline during Iowa GOP event Sun, May 17, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says American workers would benefit from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. More »

  • Santorum asks Iowa's Republican voters to look at his record
    Santorum asks Iowa's Republican voters to look at his record Sun, May 17, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum wants voters in the leadoff caucus state of Iowa to look at his record as they think about 2016. More »

  • Bush's tough week exposes challenges for his likely 2016 bid
    Bush's tough week exposes challenges for his likely 2016 bid Sat, May 16, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jeb Bush worked his way through the dim hallway of an Arizona resort for hours, shuttling from room to room and meeting with dozens of Republican officials, many for the first time. More »

  • Scott Walker calls for aggressive stance against terrorism
    Scott Walker calls for aggressive stance against terrorism Sat, May 16, 2015

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says a recent trip to Israel reinforces his belief that the United State must aggressively deal with terrorists abroad. More »

  • Southerners push new 'SEC Primary' to raise Dixie’s presidential pr … Sat, May 16, 2015

    The emergence of a new powerhouse primary bloc in the South has already begun to change the calculus for taking the White House, evident by an unusual sight: a phalanx of potential presidents already marching through Georgia. The appearance of Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, and Ted Cruz at the Georgia GOP Convention in Athens, Ga., on Friday, was indeed a rare treat. More »

  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentence comes as attitudes shift on the death penalty Sat, May 16, 2015

    Massachusetts does not have the death penalty, but Tsarnaev’s crimes were federal offenses – the US government can execute prisoners – and only jurors who agreed not to rule out that possibility in his case were allowed to serve. More »

  • 4 charged with shipping guns to Lebanon to remain in custody
    4 charged with shipping guns to Lebanon to remain in custody Fri, May 15, 2015

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Four relatives charged with stockpiling weapons in Iowa to ship to Lebanon were making money trafficking arms in a war-torn region and may have ties to Hezbollah, federal investigators said Friday. More »

  • Ex-congressman Baron Hill to join Indiana US Senate race Fri, May 15, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill said Friday he's joining Indiana's U.S. Senate race to replace retiring Republican Dan Coats, and plans to run a campaign that will "focus like a laser beam" on ways to increase American workers' wages. More »

  • ABC faces credibility crisis over Stephanopoulos donations
    ABC faces credibility crisis over Stephanopoulos donations Fri, May 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — George Stephanopoulos apologized to viewers Friday for donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation and failing to disclose it earlier, as ABC News now finds its chief anchor in a credibility crisis on the eve of a presidential campaign. More »

  • Former UN Ambassador John Bolton won't run for president
    Former UN Ambassador John Bolton won't run for president Thu, May 14, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and one of the Republican Party's most prominent national security hawks, has confirmed that he will not run for president. More »

  • One factor behind falling share of Americans who call themselves Christian Wed, May 13, 2015

    Religion and politics are two subjects fraught within the welter of American expressions of faith, and the interplay between them could be evolving. A major demographic study of the country’s religious landscape by the Pew Research Center, released on Tuesday, shows just how dramatically the overall number of self-identifying Christians has dropped in seven years. In 2007, more than 78 percent of Americans said they practiced some form of Christianity. “The rise of the unaffiliated – and knowing that a lot of that rise is from former Christians of all types – is really important to notice,” says David Gushee, director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Georgia, who was not involved in the Pew study. More »