Politics Headlines

Sun, Aug 31 2014

Judge temporarily blocks law that could close all Louisiana abortion clinics


NEW ORLEANS La. - A U.S. federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked enforcement of a Louisiana law that advocates say would likely have closed all five abortion clinics in the state.

U.S. 31 Aug 2014

Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy


WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine.

Libya, Syria, Iraq 31 Aug 2014

Libyan armed faction takes over U.S. Embassy annex in Tripoli


WASHINGTON - Members of a Libyan militia have taken over an abandoned annex of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli but have not broken into the main compound where the United States evacuated all of its staff last month, U.S. officials said on Sunday.

World, Libya 31 Aug 2014

U.S., foreign fighters in Syria pose 'very serious threat' to U.S.: lawmaker

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of U.S., British and Canadian citizens who have trained with Islamic State fighters trying to carve out their own state in Iraq and Syria pose a "very serious threat" to the United States, a top Republican lawmaker said Sunday. | Video

World, Syria, Iraq 31 Aug 2014

Sat, Aug 30 2014

California governor lauds passage of 'historic' sick leave bill


- A measure to grant California workers mandatory sick leave that passed the state legislature early on Saturday appeared poised to become law after Governor Jerry Brown lauded it as a historic achievement.

30 Aug 2014

U.S. to push for coalition to fight 'cancer' of Islamic State: Kerry


WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States will use a NATO summit next week to push for a coalition of countries to beat back incursions in Syria and Iraq by Islamic State militants who are destabilizing the region and beyond.

Syria, Iraq 30 Aug 2014

Obama, Harper discuss NATO summit, Iraq in phone call: White House

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper talked by telephone on Saturday to discuss next week's NATO summit in Wales and the situation in Iraq, the White House said.

30 Aug 2014

Captives held by Islamic State prove tough quandary for Obama

WASHINGTON - After Islamic State's beheading of journalist James Foley, President Barack Obama's administration is making little headway in efforts to secure the release of three other Americans held by the insurgent group in Syria, officials said.

World, 30 Aug 2014

California lawmakers end session with bills on plastic bags, gun control


SACRAMENTO Calif. - California's lawmakers ended a two-year session on Saturday with a package of bills that reflected deep disagreement over pressing issues including undocumented migrants, the social safety net and measures to cope with a severe drought.

30 Aug 2014

Campaign manager for Kentucky's McConnell resigns, denies wrongdoing

- The campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican locked in a tough re-election battle, resigned late Friday in fallout from a scandal stemming from his time with the 2012 Ron Paul presidential campaign.

30 Aug 2014

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.