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Obama eats ribs with 4 Kansas City letter writers

 President Barack Obama feasted on barbecue Tuesday with four people who wrote him letters in a trip to highlight the struggles of working families in American’s heartland, as the clock ticked on pressing issues before Congress goes on summer break. Obama’s dinner at Arthur Bryant’s, an unpretentious Kansas City self-serve barbecue joint, comes roughly 48 […] Continue reading →

WH doubles down on impeachment

 The White House on Friday doubled down on its talk that Republicans could try and impeach President Obama The White House on Friday doubled down on its talk that Republicans could try and impeach President Obama, hours after a top White House aide said they were taking these calls more seriously.   “I think there […] Continue reading →

Liberal Colorado Gun law based on flawed estimate

 A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report. The discovery has prompted a prominent Democratic lawmaker to question whether the Legislature […] Continue reading →

Texas Fights U.S. Again Over Black, Latino Voting Rights

 Texas Republican lawmakers argue they intended to weaken Democrats and not discriminate against black and Latino voters when they drew controversial election maps in 2011 To voting-rights activists and the Obama administration, it’s a distinction without a difference. They contend redrawn voting districts designed to advantage Republicans are biased against minorities who have historically voted […] Continue reading →

Congress Quietly Deletes a Key Disclosure of Free Trips Lawmakers Take

 It’s going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers’ annual financial-disclosure forms. The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement […] Continue reading →

Credit Cards Have Expiration Dates. Laws Should Too

Jeff Jacoby,  THE GREAT state of Minnesota, you’ll be glad to learn, is no longer interested in the size and color of your bug deflector. The legislature in St. Paul recently scrapped the 1953 law regulating that automotive accessory, one of almost 1,200 antiquated or bizarre laws that Governor Mark Dayton recommended repealing as part […] Continue reading →

GOP’s midterm strength could be problem in 2016

 Republican strength in this year’s House and Senate races could, strangely enough, hurt the party’s presidential chances by stalling the changes in style and policy advocated after Mitt Romney’s defeat in the 2012 presidential campaign. GOP officials and strategists say it’s hard to persuade party leaders to adjust the political recipe when they feel increasingly […] Continue reading →

Obama to take executive steps on student loans

 President Barack Obama is prepping new executive steps to help Americans struggling to pay off their student debt, and throwing his support behind Senate Democratic legislation with a similar goal but potentially a much more profound impact. Obama on Monday will announce he’s expanding his “Pay As You Earn” program that lets borrowers pay no […] Continue reading →

Lawmakers rush to craft bill on veterans health crisis

 U.S. lawmakers engaged in rare bipartisan talks on Wednesday about legislation to address delays in the delivery of health care for military veterans. The discussions sparked optimism that Republicans and Democrats can quickly strike a deal for a bill that would ensure immediate care for veterans and give the Obama administration greater authority to fire […] Continue reading →