Analysis: Compromise in Congress very unlikely
2012-07-09 23:36:49 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats in Congress who congratulated themselves for passing relatively routine legislation before July 4 are returning to the Capitol for a summer stocked with political show votes and no serious role for bipar...
Obama to push extension of middle-class tax cuts
2012-07-09 10:41:58 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is launching a push to extend tax cuts for the middle class, as he seeks to shift the election-year economic debate away from the dismal jobs market and toward the issue of tax fairness.
Obama, in an add...
Congressman Barney Frank marries longtime partner
2012-07-08 10:09:19 UTC
NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Barney Frank has tied the knot with his longtime partner in a ceremony officiated by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
Frank spokesman Harry Gural says the 72-year-old congressman married 42-year-old Jim Ready in ...
Obama, Romney use ruling to rally core backers
2012-07-07 10:50:53 UTC
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both are using the Supreme Court decision upholding the federal health care insurance requirement, loved by liberals and hated by conservatives, to rally core supporters in the most co...
Obama challenges Romney on China trade
2012-07-07 10:39:09 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama challenged rival Mitt Romney's promise to get tough on China, saying in a new ad released Saturday that Romney "made a fortune" allowing China to take U.S. jobs.
Obama's ad turns again to a report that s...
As Obama campaigns, jobs numbers sure to set tone
2012-07-06 15:23:19 UTC
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A sobering economic snapshot intensified the presidential campaign on Friday as President Barack Obama rolled through two vote-rich battleground states and Republican Mitt Romney fended off conservative complaints about his plan...
Scalia's critics fault justice over politics
2012-07-05 08:34:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Antonin Scalia ended his 26th year on the Supreme Court with a string of losses in the term's biggest cases and criticism that he crossed a line from judging to politics.
Scalia's willingness to do battle with those on...
Consumers asked to pay more for milk to save farms
2012-07-05 08:24:36 UTC
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Consumers will pay a little more for coffee and chocolate to ensure the farmers who produce those foods get a fair wage, so why not ask them to pay more for milk?
That is the notion behind a program designed to raise mone...
Didn't send your kid to war? Maybe you can send $$
2012-07-04 16:18:51 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — If you have military-age children who have not served in this decade's wars, then you owe a debt — meaning money — to those who did. That's the premise of a new fundraising effort by three wealthy American families who want to he...
NATO troop supplies set to resume via Pakistan
2012-07-04 08:48:55 UTC
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Trucks carrying NATO troop supplies are set to resume shipments to Afghanistan on Wednesday following a deal between the U.S. and Pakistan that ended Islamabad's seven-month blockade.
A customs official at one of Pakistan's two...
At July lull, presidential race is close as ever
2012-07-03 19:22:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential race is entering the sultry summer, a final lull before the sprint to Election Day, with President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney neck and neck and no sign that either can break away.
As both candidat...
US judge temporarily blocks Miss. abortion law
2012-07-02 06:52:02 UTC
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked enforcement of a Mississippi law that could shut down the only abortion clinic in the state.
U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan in Jackson issued a temporary restraining orde...
Storms: Mid-Atlantic power outages could last days
2012-07-01 16:00:20 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Utility crews untangled downed power lines and tree limbs Sunday, working to get the electricity turned back on for millions of people facing a second day of 100-degree temperatures without modern conveniences like air conditioni...
Eastern US storms kill 13, cut power to millions
2012-07-01 05:41:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions across the mid-Atlantic region sweltered Saturday in the aftermath of violent storms that pummeled the eastern U.S. with high winds and downed trees, killing at least 13 people and leaving 3 million without power during ...
Obama lauds coordinated response to Colorado fires
2012-06-30 12:38:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is praising the coordinated government response to wildfires in Colorado, saying times of tragedy and emergency bring Americans together.
Obama traveled to Colorado Friday to witness the damage caused by...
Congress passes student loans, highway jobs bill
2012-06-30 06:36:09 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress emphatically approved legislation Friday preserving jobs on transportation projects from coast to coast and avoiding interest rate increases on new loans to millions of college students, giving lawmakers campaign-season ...
10 Things to Know for Friday
2012-06-29 11:43:44 UTC
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (all times EDT):
1. WHAT THE HEALTH CARE LAW MEANS FOR YOU
Free vaccines for kids, cheaper drugs for the elderly and many other benefits o...
Health care law survives _ with Roberts' help
2012-06-29 05:48:22 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Obamacare lives.
America's historic health care overhaul, derided by Republicans as intrusive, costly "Obamacare," narrowly survived an election-year battle at the Supreme Court Thursday with the improbable help of conservativ...
High court upholds key part of Obama health law
2012-06-28 16:25:44 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul, including the hotly debated core requirement that nearly every American have health insurance.
The 5-4 decision mean...
Congress honors black Marines
2012-06-28 06:06:58 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of African-American veterans who helped to integrate the Marine Corps during World War II at a time segregation was an everyday reality are now proud recipients of the nation's highest civilian honor.
Nearly 70 years ...
Texas jury convicts Saudi bomb plot suspect
2012-06-27 19:43:34 UTC
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A Saudi man accused of buying chemicals online and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction was found guilty Wednesday in federal court in Amarillo.
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, who was legally in the U.S. on a student v...
Obama to make first campaign bus trip
2012-06-27 15:43:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is ramping up a fresh phase of his re-election bid with a bus tour next week, focusing more on direct engagement with voters and less on ritzy fundraisers.
Obama's two-day road trip through Pennsylvani...
Obama and Biden strike at Romney on overseas jobs
2012-06-27 09:00:24 UTC
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden unleashed a back-to-back assault Tuesday on Republican challenger Mitt Romney, re-emphasizing Democratic assertions that Romney as a venture capitalist sent U.S. jobs ove...
Obama pledges to bring jobs back to US
2012-06-26 21:57:03 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — Sustaining his attacks on rival Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama pledged Tuesday to bring back jobs that have moved overseas and portrayed his challenger as the type of wealthy investor who would pollute, outsource jobs and take ...
Obama heads South to raise campaign cash
2012-06-26 17:04:59 UTC
BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is hauling in millions of dollars for his re-election bid as he warns that Democrats will face a fundraising onslaught from Republicans during the fall campaign.
Obama was to collect more than $2.3 million a...