Challenge to Texas Voter ID Begins

A trial renewing challenges against Texas' latest voter identification laws starts Tuesday, with plaintiffs ar­guing that the law with its different forms of ID requirements inhibits voting rights of minorities and poor people.

Obama Promoting Economic Gains As Elections Near

Boosted by recent economic gains, President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish about the nation's recovery from the Great Recession and the White House is encouraging Democrats to show similar optimism as they head into the November mid-term elections.

California Passes First US Statewide Bag Ban

California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. SB270 cleared the Senate on a 22-15 vote Friday and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. It was approved by the Assembly a day earlier.

Obama's Delay on Immigration Creates Uncertainty

President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections.

Gathering Allies to Fight IS Won't Be Easy

President Obama's acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.

Immigration Delay Throws Both Parties a Curve

President Obama has been coy about what options he's considering on immigration, but much of the focus has centered on steps he could take to defer deportations.

Mary Landrieu Doesn't Live in Louisiana: GOP

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is a Washington resident who doesn't live in her parents' home, listed as her New Orleans voting address, Republicans claim.

NATO Condemns Russian Actions in Ukraine

NATO has called on Russia to cease its "illegal military operations" in eastern Ukraine, which it says are aimed at destabilizing the country.

Judge Dismisses Suit in Thad Cochran Win

A Mississippi judge has dismissed a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff.

Cuellar Confirmed to California Supreme Court

Stanford professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar breezed through to confirmation to the California Supreme Court, adding a Hispanic and another academic to a court undergoing a dramatic transformation.

Detroit Muslim Conference Stirs Controversy

Muslims from across the U.S. are headed to Detroit this weekend for one of the biggest Islamic conventions in North America, a four-day event at which they will discuss the future of their community and faith in America.

Fort Hood Shooter Wants Islamic State Citizenship

Major Nidal Hasan, sentenced to death for the Fort Hood massacre, has reportedly written to the Islamic State leader saying he wants to become a "citizen" of the caliphate.

U.K. Raises Terror Threat Level to 'Severe'

The U.K. raised its terrorist threat level from "substantial" to "severe," indicating the British government believes a terrorist attack is "highly likely."

Ruble Dives to All-time Low on Ukraine Incursion

Russian markets reacted nervously to the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine with the Russian ruble diving to the all-time low of 37.1 rubles against the U.S. dollar in early morning trading.

Obama Puts Ukraine Violence on Russia

President Obama blamed Russia on Thursday for the warfare in eastern Ukraine, but he ruled out any military options and proposed no shift in a strategy that has yet to convince Moscow to halt operations against its weaker neighbor.

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