By JULIE PACE, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 1:28 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The comparisons are perhaps inevitable. President Barack Obama and former South African leader Nelson Mandela each served as their nation’s first black president, living symbols of struggles to overcome deep-seated racial tensions. Each was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
By Steven DuBois, Associated Press
December 9, 2013 12:48 p.m.
PORTLAND — Gov. John Kitzhaber was once known as Dr. No for vetoing Republican legislation. Now the Democrat says he’s running for re-election with a record and leadership style he describes as centrist.
Rob Figley may be gone, but all the good things he brought to Clark County keep percolating. You can still enjoy that special Figley flavor via Compass Coffee, which launched a commemorative "Figley's Blend" for Christmas.
By David Lightman, McClatchy-Tribune
December 8, 2013 8:29 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A congressional budget deal expected this week might not be a grand bargain to solve the country’s long-term fiscal problems, but it is largely what Americans want, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll.
By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press
December 8, 2013 2:44 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama's nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.
By DAVID ESPO, Associated Press
December 7, 2013 4:39 p.m.
Barring uncharacteristically swift work by Congress, more than a million victims of the recession will lose long-term employment benefits over the holidays, the price of milk could shoot up in late winter and government payments might fall sharply for doctors who treat Medicare patients.
JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.
By Josh Lederman, Associated Press
December 5, 2013 10:10 a.m.
BEIJING — Casting a spotlight on China's controls on the media, Vice President Joe Biden met with U.S. journalists working in Beijing Thursday after publicly criticizing how they're treated by China's government.
By Donna Cassata, Associated Press
December 5, 2013 10:07 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching ads backing eight-term Republican Rep. Mike Simpson, who faces a primary challenge in Idaho, and two GOP candidates in West Virginia as the business organization ramps up its political activity for next year's congressional elections.
By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Grant Smith and Nayla Razzouk, Bloomberg News
December 4, 2013 12:27 p.m.
NEW YORK — Iran's announcement this week that it expects to increase oil exports and discuss new deals with energy companies is the latest salvo in a debate over easing economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.