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  • Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage, both sides say

    DUBLIN (AP) — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world’s first national …


  • Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban …


  • Obama waiting for House GOP to act on immigration

    WASHINGTON (AP) — To the frustration of many of his supporters, President Barack Obama is backing away from immigration changes he could make on his own. He is kicking the …


  • Congress sends bill to Obama averting govt default

    WASHINGTON — Congress sent President Barack Obama drama-free legislation on Thursday raising the debt ceiling, averting a government default and putting off the next tax-and-spending clash between the White House …


  • House GOP plans vote on fiscal cliff ‘Plan B’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House pushed ahead Thursday with a bill that would raise taxes on people earning over $1 million a year as hopes faded for a pre-Christmas …


  • House GOP plans vote on fiscal cliff ‘Plan B’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House is moving ahead Thursday on a bill that would raise taxes on people earning over $1 million a year, sparing most workers from a …


  • Obama, Boehner clash as cliff edge approaches

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiscal cliff talks at a partisan standoff, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner swapped barbed political charges on Wednesday yet carefully left room for further …


  • Possible Hagel pick raises concerns in Senate GOP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s possible pick of Republican Chuck Hagel to run the Pentagon raises serious concerns among some of his former Senate colleagues, who question his pronouncements …


  • Florida Sen. Nelson: GOP disenfranchised voters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and Republicans are sparring over whether voter ID laws and restricted early voting are attempts to disenfranchise African-American and Hispanic voters. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, …


  • GOP official: SC Gov Haley to tap Scott for Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has chosen Rep. Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the Senate, a move that will make him the first African-American senator …


  • Colorado River water report released in Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rising demand and falling supply have water managers in the arid West projecting that the Colorado River won’t be able to meet the demands over the …


  • Senate Dems offer Sandy disaster aid package

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats have quickly cobbled together a $60.4 billion disaster aid package for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy in late October. …


  • House GOP press Obama for balanced fiscal deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders are pressing President Barack Obama to come up with plan they can accept for spending cuts and tax revenue to avoid the so-called “fiscal …


  • Democrats: Don’t cut Medicaid in fiscal cliff deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal Democratic members of Congress are warning President Barack Obama to not cut the Medicaid health care program as part of negotiations with Republicans over avoiding the …


  • Senate GOP leader calls on Dems to spell out cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of slow-walking negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” and urged him to name specific cuts in government …


  • Florida’s Crist may run again; GOP says its ready

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Now that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is a Democrat, pretty much everyone in Florida’s political world expects him to seek his old job. “I will …


  • Crist considers run as a Dem; GOP says bring it on

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Now that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is a Democrat, pretty much everyone in Florida’s political world expects him to seek his old seat. “I will …


  • Ex-Fla. Gov. Crist tweets he’s joining Democrats

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who was elected the state’s chief executive as a Republican and then ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate as an independent, …


  • Ex-Fla. Gov. Crist tweets he’s joining Democrats

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who was elected the state’s chief executive as a Republican and then ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate as an independent, …


  • $2 billion price tag for presidential election

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2012 presidential election broke the $2 billion milestone in its final weeks, becoming the most expensive in American political history, according to final federal finance reports …


  • Michigan GOP pushes right to work amid protests

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans rushed right-to-work legislation through the Michigan Legislature Thursday, drawing raucous protests from hundreds of union supporters, some of whom were pepper-sprayed by police when they …


  • Sen. DeMint resigning to head conservative group

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a tea party favorite known for bucking party leaders to back challenges to centrist veterans he didn’t view as conservative enough, …


  • US Sen. DeMint resigns to head conservative group

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a favorite among tea party activists who has backed challenges to centrist veterans he didn’t view as conservative enough, said Thursday …


  • Democrats: Obama to ask for $50 billion Sandy aid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for about $50 billion in additional emergency aid for states hit by Superstorm Sandy, Democrats on Capitol Hill said Wednesday. …


  • Tea Party group chief quits, cites internal split

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eased out with an $8 million payout provided by an influential GOP fundraiser, former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey says he has left a conservative Tea …


  • White House rejects GOP fiscal cliff counteroffer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is rejecting a Republican counteroffer aimed at averting the “fiscal cliff,” saying it does not meet what the White House calls “the test of …


  • Obama wants Wasserman Schultz to stay on at DNC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to stay on as his party’s chairwoman. Wasserman Schultz has overseen the Democratic National Committee since early 2011. …


  • Pressuring GOP, Obama takes his fiscal plan to Pa.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking his case for avoiding a potentially unsettling “fiscal cliff” to the Philadelphia suburbs, employing campaign-style tactics in hopes of mobilizing public support. …


  • Federal prisons urged to grant more early releases

    NEW YORK (AP) — For humanitarian and economic reasons, the federal Bureau of Prisons should grant more early releases to incapacitated and terminally ill prisoners, two advocacy groups say in …


  • Ex-treasurer to Dem politicians faces sentencing

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former campaign treasurer who defrauded dozens of California Democratic politicians of at least $7 million was incapable of managing her business, often letting candidates’ bills …

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