Politics Headlines

Thu, Apr 24 2014

Arkansas judge strikes down voter ID law as unconstitutional

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - An Arkansas judge declared the state's new voter identification law unconstitutional on Thursday since it stipulates that voters must meet an additional requirement before casting a ballot.

U.S., 24 Apr 2014

Exclusive: Obama may call EU leaders in Russia sanctions push - sources

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is expected to speak to several European leaders on Friday to try to nudge the EU toward fresh sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, sources familiar with the matter said.

World, Russia 24 Apr 2014

Colorado lawmakers advance bill to crack down on 'revenge porn'

DENVER - A bill that would criminalize the posting of intimate images over the Internet as an act of humiliation - so-called "revenge porn" - passed its first test in the Colorado state legislature on Thursday, sailing unanimously through a key committee.

Entertainment, Fashion, Film, U.S. 24 Apr 2014

California lawmakers aim to tighten handgun restrictions

SACRAMENTO, California - A bill banning the sale of single-shot handguns that can be modified into semi-automatic weapons advanced in the California legislature on Thursday as lawmakers sought to close what the bill's supporters say is a loophole in the state's gun safety laws.

U.S., 24 Apr 2014

Senate panel to vote on Fischer, other Fed nominees on Tuesday

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NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - The Senate Banking Committee will vote next week on three nominees to the Federal Reserve's board, including Stanley Fischer for vice chairman, in a big step toward bulking up the U.S. central bank's depleted ranks.

24 Apr 2014

Obama administration may unveil new deportation policy in two stages

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WASHINGTON - The White House is considering small steps in the near term to ease the threat of deportation for some undocumented immigrants, but advocates in communication with the administration expect President Barack Obama to make bigger changes later in the year.

24 Apr 2014

Conservative group pulls photo of Colorado theater massacre from attack ad

DENVER - A conservative advocacy group has pulled a photograph used in an attack ad against Democratic Senator Mark Udall that depicted him with a grim-faced President Barack Obama in the aftermath of the Colorado theater massacre, after victims' families complained.

24 Apr 2014

Judge strikes down NY limits on donations to 'super PACs'

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NEW YORK - A federal judge on Thursday reluctantly struck down New York's limits on donations to independent political action committees as unconstitutional, potentially ushering in a new era of "super PACs" in state campaigns.

U.S., 24 Apr 2014

Michelle Obama changes Kansas speech date after students protest

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WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama has switched her plans to address a high school commencement ceremony in Topeka, Kansas, in May after students protested that her presence would limit the number of family members they could invite to the ceremony.

24 Apr 2014

U.S. trade bank urges lawmakers to renew charter, avoid 'political games'

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WASHINGTON - U.S. lawmakers should back a bill renewing the U.S. Export-Import Bank's charter and stop playing "political games" that will only hurt American exports and jobs, the bank's president said on Thursday.

24 Apr 2014
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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.