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Pence, Kaine get their shot with voters at the V.P. Debate Tuesday Oct. 4th

Jim Stinson, The Veep Debate That Matters. It’s almost the first week of October. A large number of undecided voters will soon start deciding how to vote in the presidential race. And polls right now give a slight edge to Hillary Clinton, with Donald Trump solidly within striking distance. In a 2012 debate, Pence was

WHY IT MATTERS: Executive Authority

THE ISSUE: “Your Majesty” isn’t in the American political lexicon. But when a president sets a major policy by edict, skirting Congress, it invariably sets off a debate that traces back to the time of kings and queens — and the Founding Fathers who rejected the authority of the crown. Lawmakers cry foul when a

Rubio demands documents from Obama proving Iran money was not ‘ransom’

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is accusing the Obama administration of trying to “deceive” Congress and the American people about roughly $1.7 billion in payments to Iran — suggesting at least some of the money was a “ransom” for American hostages and demanding official documents for the related transactions. “Each day brings new revelations about your administration’s

Can GOP hold the Senate? Polls give party edge in key states

Senate Republicans have taken big leads in key battleground states, according to a new poll – suggesting the presence of Donald Trump at the top of the ticket may not be as damaging for congressional candidates as some party leaders feared and complicating Democrats’ hopes of taking back control of the chamber.  Democrats are determined

California Lawmakers Pass Unprecedented Package of Gun Control Bills

Include ban on sale of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines, ammo buying background checks and more… Spurred by outrage over recent mass shootings, California lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a sweeping package of gun control bills, including a ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines, background checks for those buying

Facebook changes policies on ‘Trending Topics’ after criticism

Facebook said on Monday that it had changed some of the procedures for its “Trending Topics” section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency. The company said an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias in the selection of news stories for Trending Topics, a

Capito and Tennant win party nods in West Virginia

 Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Natalie Tennant captured primary wins on Tuesday, setting the stage for a historic U.S. Senate showdown in November that will give West Virginia its first female senator. Capito, a seven-term congresswoman and daughter of former Gov. Arch Moore, and Tennant, the state’s secretary of state, each cruised to

Sen. Marco Rubio: Yes, I’m Ready to be President

 He’s a 42-year-old freshman senator, but when asked by Jonathan Karl on “This Week” if he’s ready to be president, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida answered without hesitation. “I do … but I think that’s true for multiple other people that would want to run … I mean, I’ll be 43 this month, but

Health care law-Holocaust comparison criticized “Thought of the Day”

A state Senator’s blog post likening the insurance requirement under President Barack Obama’s health care law to the forced deportation of Jews during the Holocaust drew swift condemnation Monday from leaders of both parties in Tennessee. Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville wrote the comment in a post titled “Thought of the Day.” “Democrats bragging