Politics

  • Obama releases $147M in aid to Palestinian
    Photo_1335540262964-1-0 2012-04-29 02:04:22 UTC
    JERUSALEM (AP) — American aid officials said Saturday they will restore development programs for Palestinians after President Barack Obama ended a six-month funding freeze that shut down the local Sesame Street and other projects. An official w...
  • Romney shakes up the strategy, tones down rhetoric
    539w 2012-04-28 23:52:33 UTC
    WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney's Etch A Sketch moment is at hand. Now that he's the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Romney is shifting away from the "red-meat" issues of abortion and immigration and instead holding more event...
  • Romney urges young people to take economic risks
    4f9b41cb24a60.image 2012-04-28 23:11:41 UTC
    WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Mitt Romney on Friday encouraged young Americans facing bleak job prospects to "take risks" — and even borrow money from their parents — to help improve their economic fortunes. The presumptive Republican presidential n...
  • Chaperones among new Secret Service conduct rules
    120428_secret_service_660 2012-04-28 21:05:04 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Embarrassed by a prostitution scandal, the Secret Service will assign chaperones on some trips to enforce new rules of conduct that make clear that excessive drinking, entertaining foreigners in their hotel rooms and cavorting in...
  • White House threatens to veto student loan bill
    Image 2012-04-27 16:08:33 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened a veto Friday of a Republican bill keeping the interest rates on federal student loans from doubling this summer, objecting that the measure would finance its $5.9 billion cost by abolishing a health ca...
  • Obama targets diploma mills that market to vets
    725-1nqh6z.st.55 2012-04-27 14:42:25 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration wants to trademark the term "GI Bill" in an effort to shield veterans and military families being swindled or misled by schools that target their federal education benefits. President Barack Obama is s...
  • US to remove 9,000 Marines from Okinawa
    Us_marines_in_okinawa 2012-04-27 06:20:15 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — About 9,000 U.S. Marines stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa will be moved to the U.S. territory of Guam and other locations in the Asia-Pacific, including Hawaii, under a U.S.-Japan agreement announced Thursday. The m...
  • Biden calls Romney foreign policy backward-looking
    Biden 2012-04-26 03:05:19 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is calling the foreign policy outlined by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shallow, ill-informed and dangerous and that it would return the United States to "the past we have worked...
  • Ex-Edwards aide talks about crumbling relationship
    Bilde 2012-04-25 17:18:45 UTC
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Andrew Young, once an aide and good friend to John Edwards, testified Wednesday that his relationship with the former presidential candidate began to crumble about the time Edwards dropped out of the 2008 race and his baby ...
  • Capitol Police investigating threat against Rubio
    Untitled 2012-04-25 15:09:38 UTC
    MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Capitol Police force is investigating a reported threat against U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who is often mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick for likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Capitol Police ...
  • Santorum hints at Romney endorsement
    Romneysantorum101 2012-04-25 14:59:32 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says he expects to endorse Mitt Romney. Santorum says that he believes Romney is "the right guy" to challenge President Barack Obama. Still, he's stopping short of an offi...
  • Gingrich all but concedes his campaign is over
    Newt-gingrich_20120425103539_320_240 2012-04-25 14:56:14 UTC
    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich all but conceded Wednesday that his White House campaign is over. He said he expects Mitt Romney will be the nominee and called on the party to unite behind the former Massach...
  • Romney turns campaign toward money, reconciliation
    Untitled 2012-04-25 14:34:09 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican presidential nomination all but in hand, Mitt Romney is refocusing his efforts on challenging President Barack Obama, raising cash for the battle ahead and reconciling with one-time primary rival Rick Santorum. ...
  • Romney sweeps 5 wins, promises 'better America'
    92bb2fad8a95476c897c5387788f38fe-3f2dc88ae44c42e59d9145ff579acbeb-1_t397 2012-04-25 04:40:42 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney laid claim to the fiercely contested Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night with a fistful of primary triumphs, then urged all who struggle in a shaky U.S. economy to "hold on a little longer, a better Ameri...
  • Senate rejects bid to nullify union election rules
    Capitol_dome 2012-04-24 18:48:17 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has rejected a Republican attempt to overturn new regulations designed to give unions quicker workplace representation elections. The 54-45 vote against a disapproval resolution leaves intact new National Labor Rela...
  • Obama woos students, pushes low rate student loans
    628x471 2012-04-24 17:51:54 UTC
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama tells college students that he and his wife, Michelle, know what it's like to owe student loans because the two of them didn't come from wealthy families. He says: "When we married, we got poor to...
  • US-Afghan security pact sends warning to al-Qaida
    4f96173987448.image 2012-04-24 07:24:54 UTC
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A new strategic partnership that commits the U.S. to defend Afghanistan militarily for 10 years after most foreign forces leave in 2014 is intended to signal that the U.S. will not tolerate a resurgent al-Qaida or attacks...
  • Romney backs student loan proposal Obama supports
    Untitled 2012-04-24 07:21:55 UTC
    ASTON, Pa. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday embraced a student loan proposal that President Barack Obama is selling on the campaign trail and refused to endorse Sen. Marco Rubio's conservative immigration plan aimed a...
  • 12th military member tied to prostitution scandal
    Untitled 2012-04-24 06:40:08 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service prostitution scandal grew Monday to include a 12th member of the U.S. military as the Pentagon suspended the security clearances of all the military personnel who have been implicated. The Secret Service has al...
  • Washington delicate about Secret Service scandal
    Hotel112__v-grossgalerie16x9 2012-04-24 06:10:30 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The widening Secret Service prostitution scandal has touched off a delicate dance in Washington. People are loath to criticize an agency whose employees are trained to take a bullet for the people they protect. Members of Cong...
  • Panetta dismisses Iran's claims about drone
    Untitled 2012-04-23 18:03:14 UTC
    ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday dismissed Tehran's claims that it has recovered data from a U.S. spy drone that went down in Iran late last year. Without providing details, Panetta said that "base...
  • Obama levies new tech sanctions on Syria, Iran
    Untitled 2012-04-23 22:03:42 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure to stop the Syrian government's deadly crackdown, President Barack Obama on Monday levied new sanctions on people and entities in Syria and Iran that use technology to target their citizens and perpetrate human rig...
  • Neighborhood watch shooter released from Fla. jail
    4f950fd4ae241.image 2012-04-23 13:47:55 UTC
    MIAMI (AP) — In a low-key event, George Zimmerman was released from a Florida jail on $150,000 bail as he awaits his second-degree murder trial in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin. The neighborhood watch volunteer was wearing a...
  • More firings expected in Secret Service scandal
    1 2012-04-22 19:39:25 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of a House committee investigating an alleged Secret Service prostitution scandal predicted more firings as key lawmakers and a top adviser to President Barack Obama expressed confidence Sunday that the agency will e...
  • Sen. Rubio: Let vice presidential process play out
    2442 2012-04-22 15:41:29 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has heard all the talk about joining a ticket with likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Rubio says that until now, the talk about picking a running mate has been theoretical. But now tha...