Politics Headlines

Fri, Oct 24 2014

Mississippi Supreme Court rejects McDaniel Senate primary challenge

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JACKSON Miss. - The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday rejected a Republican primary challenge by former U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, possibly ending his legal effort to overturn the June result that he alleged was stolen by incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.

24 Oct 2014

U.S. judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law

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- A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on Friday blocking a New Jersey law that would have allowed legal betting on sporting events.

24 Oct 2014

Pentagon official upbeat on streamlining U.S. military acquisitions

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WASHINGTON - The Pentagon and Congress have better-than-ever odds of reaching agreement on how to streamline myriad overlapping laws that slow the process for buying military equipment and services, a top Defense Department official said.

24 Oct 2014

White House ex-counsel now off of Attorney General list

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WASHINGTON - Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, a leading candidate in President Barack Obama's search for a new U.S. attorney general, has pulled out of consideration for the nomination, a White House official said on Friday.

24 Oct 2014

Republicans take aim at U.S. Ebola response after fourth case emerges

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WASHINGTON - Republicans with an eye on next month’s congressional elections ratcheted up their criticism of President Barack Obama’s response to Ebola on Friday after the emergence of a fourth U.S. case heightened public anxiety about the disease spreading outside of West Africa.

Health, 24 Oct 2014

Florida Republicans in all-out drive for Hispanic vote

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MIAMI - When Florida's Republican governor, Rick Scott, walked into a bustling campaign field office late last month in Hialeah, a heavily Hispanic suburb of Miami, he was mobbed by volunteers hoping to be photographed with the candidate.

24 Oct 2014

U.S. diplomat criticizes PM Orban's Russia policies

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BUDAPEST - Hungary should back European Union sanctions against Russia and not talk about granting autonomy for ethnic Hungarians living in Ukraine at this time of instability, an American diplomat said in Budapest on Friday.

World, Russia 24 Oct 2014

Democrat Michelle Nunn leads tight U.S. Senate race in Georgia: poll

- Democrat Michelle Nunn has a narrow lead in the U.S. Senate race in Georgia, according to a poll released on Friday, ensuring the state's open seat will remain a key national focus as Democrats and Republicans fight for majority control of the chamber.

24 Oct 2014

U.S. House panel to meet with safety regulators about Takata air bags next week

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WASHINGTON/DETROIT - The U.S. House committee looking into the defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp will hold an initial briefing with U.S. safety regulators next week to learn the details of the regional recalls affecting 10 automakers, a committee aide said on Friday.

U.S., Japan, 24 Oct 2014

Factbox: Top U.S. auto recalls related to Takata airbags in 2014

- U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday expanded the number of vehicles in the United States that may be affected by recalls for potentially defective Takata Corp airbags that could spray shrapnel at occupants.

U.S. 24 Oct 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.