Politics

  • Romney: Overturning health care law 'right thing'
    Romney 2012-06-11 23:54:03 UTC
    ATLANTA (AP) — Mitt Romney says he hopes the Supreme Court does "the right thing" and strikes down President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee tells donors at a fundraising reception in Atlanta...
  • Romney keeps secrets _ unless law says he can't
    Untitled 2012-06-11 19:45:29 UTC
    BOSTON (AP) — Keeping his secrets, Mitt Romney tends to lift the veil on his finances and campaign only if the law says he must. The Republican presidential candidate refuses to identify his biggest donors who "bundle" money for his campaign. H...
  • FACT CHECK: Looming tax hike not the biggest ever
    Untitled 2012-06-11 08:26:38 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are calling it "Taxmageddon," the big tax increase awaiting nearly every American family at the end of the year, when a long list of tax cuts are scheduled to expire unless Congress acts. It would be, GOP leaders i...
  • Obama pushes Congress to help states hire teachers
    Untitled 2012-06-10 03:16:10 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants Congress to help states rehire teachers and act on a key part of last year's jobs bill. He says the last thing the U.S. needs is to have fewer teachers in our schools. Obama says in his radio and I...
  • Obama: Congress, Europe must stem economic crisis
    Diaal 2012-06-08 18:41:18 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy at risk, President Barack Obama accused Republicans on Friday of pursuing policies that would weaken the U.S. recovery. He simultaneously urged Europe's leaders to prevent an overseas debt crisis from dragging down th...
  • Frustrated liberals want more from Obama
    Untitled 2012-06-08 04:02:34 UTC
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — They are trying to be hopeful, but the Democratic Party's most passionate voters are struggling to hide their frustration with President Barack Obama. Republicans attack the president as a big-government liberal. Many li...
  • Top Lawmakers declare war on intelligence leaks
    745-1kuhi8.aust.55 2012-06-08 03:47:26 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the Senate and House intelligence committees said Thursday they were drafting legislation to further limit who can access highly classified information and possibly impose new penalties for revealing it. The head of...
  • Cruel June for Obama, Dems _ and could get worse
    Untitled 2012-06-07 19:20:31 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just one week old, June already is proving a cruel month for President Barack Obama and the Democrats — and it could get a lot worse. The political blows from Tuesday's bitter loss in Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall and from ...
  • Romney plans to use federal blind trust if elected
    Untitled 2012-06-07 19:13:50 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A week after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney disclosed a fortune worth as much as $250 million, his campaign said Wednesday that he plans to put his holdings in a federal blind trust if he is elected president. A...
  • AdWatch: Obama ad prods Congress on jobs plan
    -1 2012-06-07 19:09:16 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — TITLE: "Jobs." LENGTH: 30 seconds. AIRING: In Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and national cable. KEY IMAGES: President Barack Obama speaking, interspersed wit...
  • THE RACE: Obama, Romney busy laying groundwork
    Untitled 2012-06-07 19:02:15 UTC
    Publishable Editors Notes: EDITOR'S NOTE_ With 152 days left until Election Day, here are insights into today's highlights in U.S. politics Both presidential candidates are tending to essentials at this stage in their campaigns. Presiden...
  • Romney and GOP raise more than Obama and Democrats
    Untitled 2012-06-07 18:55:07 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney outraised President Barack Obama in May, the first time the Republican presidential challenger has jumped ahead of Obama and his prodigious fundraising apparatus. The numbers illustrate how Romney and the Republican P...
  • Pitfalls, promise for Obama and Romney in Nevada
    Untitled 2012-06-07 18:47:45 UTC
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are battling more than just each other in diverse and politically divided Nevada. The president also is fighting against Nevada's dismal economy while Romney faces a bette...
  • What $40,000 gets you in presidential fundraising
    Clooney_obama_620 2012-06-06 23:45:05 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If you have $40,000 to spend, President Barack Obama's campaign has a deal for you. Write a big check, and you'll get you a picture with the president and a chance to swap political strategy with him — all while enjoying a ...
  • Obama: Voters wonder if he can rebuild economy
    2012-06-06t193534z_1366391954_gm1e8670a9a01_rtrmadp_3_obama.grid-6x3 2012-06-06 22:56:07 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama is conceding that people around the country are wondering if he can keep his promise to build an economy designed for the long-term. But he is blasting opponents as having nothing more than finger-pointi...
  • White House sees 'heightened urgency' in Europe
    Jay-carney-1200 2012-06-06 00:40:27 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it sees a "heightened sense of urgency" among European leaders as they confront fiscal and banking crises that threaten the U.S. economy and President Barack Obama's re-election. White House spokesman Jay ...
  • Senate GOP blocks Democrats' equal pay bill
    Untitled 2012-06-05 19:10:29 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have blocked a bill that calls for equal pay in the workplace. As expected, the vote Tuesday fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation. President Obama and his Democratic allies argue that...
  • Obama a socialist? Many scoff, but claim persists
    Untitled 2012-06-05 02:50:32 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — When President Barack Obama's re-election campaign unveiled its new slogan, some conservative critics were quick to pounce. "Forward," they asserted, is a word long associated with Europe's radical left. Its choice reaffirmed th...
  • New Obama ad targets Romney's record in Mass.
    Obama-via-afp 2012-06-04 16:58:45 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's campaign says Mitt Romney's economic promises didn't pan out when he was governor of Massachusetts and "won't work now." In a new television advertisement released Monday, the campaign blames Romney fo...
  • Clinton: Romney would be 'calamitous' for US
    Untitled 2012-06-05 02:38:58 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton warned Monday that a Mitt Romney presidency would be "calamitous" for the nation and the world, going further than even President Barack Obama in depicting the consequences of a return to Republican ru...
  • Panetta wants more US access to Vietnam harbor
    Untitled 2012-06-03 16:46:08 UTC
    CAM RANH BAY, VIETNAM (AP) — From the flight deck of the USNS Richard E. Byrd, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta could look out across Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay towards the South China Sea. A day after laying out details of the Pentagon's new fo...
  • Lugar: Syrian rebels need safe zones in Turkey
    Untitled 2012-06-03 16:25:48 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the U.S. should work with Turkey to establish safe zones for retreating Syrian rebels. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana says the so-called safe zones would be ...
  • Clinton draws no conclusions on Iranian warning
    Untitled 2012-06-03 16:09:49 UTC
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she's not drawing any conclusions about what effect the latest hash words from Iran might have on the potential success of upcoming nuclear talks in Moscow. Iran's supreme lea...
  • Obama to Congress: Act now on bills to aid economy
    Untitled 2012-06-03 06:49:59 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants Congress to act on bills he says will accelerate the economy. He says the country has responsibilities that are "bigger than an election." In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says Congr...
  • Panetta arrives at former US base in Vietnam
    Untitled 2012-06-03 05:12:58 UTC
    CAM RANH BAY, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has arrived at a former U.S. air and naval base at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, becoming the most senior American official to go there since the war ended. Panetta says he hopes to enco...