Politics

Jury Set to Consider Case Against Alarcons

Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcón and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca Alarcón, face more than 20 charges of voter fraud and perjury.


Judge OKs Same-Sex Marriage in Florida Keys

A judge overturned the Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Thursday after a legal challenge by gay couples in the Florida Keys said it effectively made them second-class citizens.


Iran General, Advisers Lead Fight Against Islamic State

An Iranian general has emerged as the chief tactician in Iraq's fight against Sunni militants, working on the front lines alongside 120 advisers from Iran's Revolutionary Guard.


Elizabeth Warren Smacks Mitch McConnell Again on Student Loans

Sen. Elizabeth Warren slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for dismissing student loan relief and suggesting students just go to cheaper schools.


Boehner Calls for Faster Deportation of Child Refugees

House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he doesn't see a U.S. response to the border crisis that doesn't involve expediting the return unaccompanied children to Central America.


House Passes Tax Breaks for Charitable Giving

The House passed tax breaks Thursday designed to encourage charitable donations, but the White House threatened a veto because it would raise the budget deficit by $16 billion.


Obama: U.S. Using All Means for Gaza Ceasefire

President Obama said the U.S. will use all its diplomatic resources to end violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.


Putin Claims Sanctions Will Hurt U.S. Firms

Russian President Putin on Thursday said the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia will stalemate bilateral relations and hurt Russian and American businesses alike.


Florida Asks for Delay in New Elections Map

Republican legislative leaders don't plan to appeal the ruling but want the judge to let them wait till after the November elections to redraw districts designed to favor GOP candidates.


Senate Probes GM Legal Staff

Sen. Claire McCaskill said General Motors should have fired its chief lawyer in the wake of a long-delayed recall over problems with ignition switches.


U.S., E.U. Step Up Sanctions on Russia

The U.S. and European Union have imposed new economic sanctions on Russia , with President Obama saying Russian leaders must see that their actions supporting rebels "have consequences."


Immigration Checkpoints: How Much Authority Does the Border Patrol Have?

The arrest of Jose Antonio Vargas at a Texas airport was a reminder of the authority that the U.S. Border Patrol has in conducting checkpoints.


CDC Director Admits to Safety Problems

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged Wednesday that safety problems plague federal public health laboratories that handle anthrax and bird flu.


Ariz. GOP Candidate Mistakes YMCA Campers for Undocumented Kids

GOP congressional candidate Adam Kwasman got a chance to protest as busloads of undocumented immigrant children were taken to a shelter -- but mistook local kids for refugees.


White House Asks Congress to Block Tax Inversions

The Obama administration urged Congress Wednesday to pass legislation that would stop corporations from merging with foreign companies in a ploy to reduce their tax bills.


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