Missouri’s so-called religious freedom bill may be dead for this year. The amendment to the state Constitution would have protected people who didn’t want to provide services related to same-sex marriages, including clerks, clergy and businesses. Wednesday’s 6-6 vote by a House committee stopped the measure from advancing, The Associated Press reports. Three Republicans joined
Michael Barone The 2016 presidential election is shaping up as another close race, like the last four. From 2000 to 2012, both major parties’ nominees received between 45 and 53 percent of the vote. Historically, that’s a narrow range, not seen since 1880-1892. It suggests something close to parity between two highly competitive parties. Polls
Republicans are the party of the rich, right? No! It’s a label that has stuck for decades, and you’re hearing it again as Democrats complain about GOP opposition to raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits. But in Congress, the wealthiest among us are more likely to be represented by a Democrat than a Republican.