By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press
April 14, 2014 6 a.m.
WASHINGTON — After months on the defensive over his health law, a more combative President Barack Obama has emerged to fight about gender politics, leading up to an election-year competition with Republicans for support from women.
John Deeder, the superintendent of Evergreen Public Schools, has made some difficult decisions in the past few years: His district laid off staff, slashed the budget and asked remaining employees to do more with fewer resources.
By By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press
April 12, 2014 2:39 p.m.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama's health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans said marked the campaign's unofficial start.A speaking program packed with potential presidential candidates weighed in on the House Republican's controversial budget, the party's struggle with Hispanics, the GOP's future and the upcoming midterm elections while taking turns on a conference room stage facing hundreds of conservative activists gathered in New Hampshire's largest city.
By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press
April 11, 2014 7:38 p.m.
NEW YORK — In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for millions of black Americans and other minorities.
By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press
April 10, 2014 9:51 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday passed a GOP budget blueprint that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years by making sweeping cuts across the federal budget and eliminating health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.The 219-205 vote on the nonbinding framework takes a mostly symbolic swipe at the government's chronic deficits. Follow-up legislation to actually implement the cuts isn't in the cards. Twelve Republicans opposed the measure, and not a single Democrat supported it.
Val Ogden, a tireless community advocate and former legislator who worked to promote women in leadership roles, secure funding for the Washington State University campus in Clark County and improve the lives of those less fortunate, died this afternoon.
By DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press
April 9, 2014 5:16 p.m.
JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his ministers Wednesday to cut off contact with their Palestinian counterparts, an official said, the latest in a series of troubles plaguing floundering U.S.-brokered peace talks.
By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press
April 9, 2014 11:48 a.m.
FORT HOOD, Texas — Returning again to a grief-stricken corner of America, President Barack Obama is reprising his role as chief comforter, mourning with families of those killed last week at Fort Hood and offering solace to the nation.
By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press
April 9, 2014 11:47 a.m.
WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Wednesday demanded an end to a Republican-led investigation into the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, calling the probe a partisan “witch hunt.”
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press
April 9, 2014 11:47 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The House Ways and Means Committee voted Wednesday to refer a former Internal Revenue Service official to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution in the agency’s tea party controversy.
By PETER LEONARD and LAURA MILLS, Associated Press
April 9, 2014 11:36 a.m.
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened Wednesday to start charging Ukraine in advance for vital gas supplies — a move that could sharply hurt his neighbor, which is already on the verge of bankruptcy.
By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press
April 9, 2014 10:16 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill Wednesday curbing paycheck discrimination against women, an effort that even in defeat Democrats hoped would pay political dividends in this fall’s congressional elections.