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“This was household income when President Obama took office. This was the national debt. Under Obama, families have lost over $4,000 a year in income, and the national debt is now $16 trillion and growing. Barack Obama: More spending, more debt — failing American families.”Read full article >>
Nearly all of the independent advertising aired for the 2012 general-election campaign has come from interest groups that do not disclose their donors, suggesting that much of the political spending over the next six months will come from sources invisible to the public.Read full article >>
“I won’t hide my opinion about this, which is that one major determinant of whether we should approve a pipeline shipping Canadian oil to world markets, not to the United States, is does it contribute to the greenhouse gases that are causing climate change?”Read full article >>
CHICAGO — Under huge U.S. and Mexican flags in a Chicago high school named for a Mexican president, hundreds of people gathered to celebrate President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform Saturday morning and vowed to fight to force Congress to extend protection to all 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.Read full article >>
Seattle is a strange city. There’s a giant troll under one of the city’s main bridges, a giant statue of Vladimir Lenin on a random street corner and an annual Spam carving contest to take in. The neighborhood with the Lenin statue, Fremont, encourages visitors to set their watches 5 minutes ahead, because Fremont is the self-proclaimed center of the universe.Read full article >>
NEW YORK — It was all Hillary Clinton, all day, Friday in New York, a day that helped crystallize how much already has been done for the prospective presidential candidate by others and, more importantly, what she has yet to do for herself.Read full article >>
President Obama’s announcement on Thursday that he would take unilateral action to address the nation’s “broken” immigration system shares at least one thing in common with how his Justice Department approaches enforcement of the nation’s marijuana laws: We would do it if we could — but we can’t.Read full article >>
Every year, the United States offers permanent residency status to immigrants who -- in the vernacular -- "played by the rules." They applied for residency, didn't violate the law, and so on.
As with every other aspect of the immigration debate, the population of permanent residents is more nuanced than you might expect. The Department of Homeland Security publishes annual data on those who enter the country legally and illegally, allowing us to get a sense of what immigration looks like in the political ideal.Read full article >>
When a woman from Oregon was arrested in Timor-Leste for sharing a cab with someone carrying drugs, there was no official U.S. ambassador there to advocate on her behalf.
For nearly three months, Stacey Addison has been unable to leave the country. She had a court hearing on Oct. 29 and instead of being cleared to go home she was sent to a women’s prison where she’s been detained since.Read full article >>
ST. LOUIS — Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown three months ago, is unlikely to return to his job regardless of whether a grand jury decides to indict him, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Thursday.Read full article >>
You can say a lot of things about the U.S. Congress. One thing you can't really say, though, is that they'v been in Washington way too long.
Come January, nearly half of Congress (48.8 percent) will have been in office for four years or less -- i.e. elected in 2010 or later. That includes 49.7 percent of the House and 45 percent of the Senate -- assuming GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy defeats Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in the Louisiana runoff Dec. 6.Read full article >>
Many of Lois Lerner’s missing e-mails may no longer be missing.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration told several congressional committees on Friday that it has recovered as many as 30,000 of the ex-Internal Revenue Service official’s messages from disaster recovery tapes, according to congressional aides who participated in a briefing on the matter.Read full article >>
NEW YORK — As supporters of a presumed Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign strategized and hobnobbed at a midtown hotel Friday, their chosen candidate was nearby — and yet intentionally far away.Read full article >>
The political war over President Obama’s controversial policy changes on deportation escalated Friday as the White House pledged to forcefully sell the overhauls to the American people, while many Republicans vowed to derail his efforts.Read full article >>
In an unnerving intelligence bulletin issued this week, the FBI warned that the expected news this weekend that Officer Darren Wilson won't be indicted in the death of black teenager Michael Brown could set off violence across the country. A source told one of our reporters that some law enforcement officials fear that the reaction could be as bad as the deadly Watts riots of the 1960s.Read full article >>
Litigation in teacher lewd-act case over
The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay $139 million to end remaining litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of committing lewd acts against his students, according to the settlement announced Friday.Read full article >>
ST. LOUIS — One morning late last month, a St. Louis courtroom filled up with prosecutors, lawyers and press who wondered if they’d catch a glimpse of a vanished man.
The man, police officer Darren Wilson, hadn’t been seen in public since Aug. 9, when he shot and killed an unarmed black teenager and found himself in a wave of national fury. But here, at this unrelated preliminary hearing, Wilson had incentive to appear. He’d been asked to to provide testimony against an alleged low-level drug dealer — somebody he’d wrestled to the ground and handcuffed 20 months earlier, in an arrest that won him a Ferguson city commendation. Now Wilson just had to recount the story to a judge.Read full article >>
LAS VEGAS — President Obama’s visit to Del Sol High School here on Friday had a full-blown nostalgia to it.
It was here nearly two years ago that the president first called for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, and it was one of his first campaign stops in Nevada in 2008.Read full article >>
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wants a top Obama administration health official and one of the brains behind the Affordable Care Act to testify about alleged ‘deceptions’ with the law.Read full article >>
BOCA RATON, Fla. — There were public preening and private courtship, opportunities to display political talents before large audiences, and quieter moments to woo donors and lay the foundation for what’s to come. When Republican governors gathered here this week to celebrate their victories in the midterm elections, they found presidential politics all around them.Read full article >>