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Dad Claims Wealthy Town's Little League Demoted His Son Over Affordable Housing

(92) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 9:39 PM

A federal judge in Connecticut is considering whether to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that a 9-year-old Little League player in Darien was demoted after his father proposed to build affordable housing units in the tony Fairfield County suburb,
the Hartford Courant reports.

Darien resident Christopher Stefanoni...

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Kansas Schools Will Close Early This Spring For Lack Of Funds

(1414) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 4:44 PM

Two school districts in Kansas announced this week that the academic year would end early because they lack sufficient funding to keep the schools open.

Concordia Unified School District will finish up six days early, on May 15, and Twin Valley Unified School District will let students out 12 days...

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Justice Department Investigates Texas Truancy Courts

(90) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 7:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice is investigating whether truancy courts in Dallas County, Texas, deny due process to juveniles charged with failing to attend school by preventing access to lawyers and imposing large fines. Texas is one of two states where truancy is prosecuted as a crime in adult...

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Adelson-Backed Online Gambling Bill Splits GOP At Hearing

(87) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 9:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- After months of delays, a controversial bill to ban online gambling received a hearing from a House Judiciary subcommittee on Wednesday, pushing it closer to a vote that may divide the GOP and test Republicans' loyalties to one of the party's biggest donors.

The Restore...

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A Key Piece Of The House Budget Has Little Support Among Americans

(38) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 5:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. prepares to spend billions of dollars fighting extremist groups in the Middle East, there is little consensus among Americans as to how much the federal government should be spending on its own military. In a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, 34 percent of Americans want...

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Steve Scalise Skipped Selma For Posh Conservative Retreat

(129) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 3:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- As top lawmakers and civil rights leaders gathered in Selma, Alabama, earlier this month to commemorate the civil rights movement, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) took an all-expenses paid trip to a luxurious Georgia resort sponsored by a conservative group.

The weekend trip was paid for...

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Tom Daschle (Finally) Registers As A Lobbyist

(8) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 6:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- Onetime Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) has registered as a lobbyist for the first time since leaving the Senate a decade ago, marking an informal milestone for a powerbroker who has long insisted that his work on behalf of K Street clients does not legally constitute lobbying....

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Texas Is Doing Something Genuinely Progressive And The World Didn't End

(126) Comments | Posted March 14, 2015 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- School discipline reforms in Texas have helped reduce the number of students charged with crimes for misbehaving in school by as much as 80 percent in just one year, according to data released this month by the Texas Judicial Branch.

The reforms, two bills passed...

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Sen. Casey Introduces Bill To Reduce School Suspensions

(37) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 4:32 PM

WASHINGTON -- As members of the Senate hurried out of town Wednesday ahead of a major snowstorm, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) quietly introduced a bill that could help keep tens of thousands of young people in the classroom and out of the juvenile justice system.

The Keep Kids in...

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Kerry: Netanyahu 'Welcome To Speak' In The U.S.

(191) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 2:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday sought to downplay the growing diplomatic rift between the United States and Israel, telling ABC's "This Week" that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "welcome to speak in the United States," and that the U.S. has "a closer relationship with Israel...

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Ben Carson Defends Obama But Not Evolution

(863) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 12:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- Dr. Ben Carson defended President Barack Obama Sunday against criticism that he was too inexperienced to be president. Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Carson went on to suggest that certain scientific ideas, like evolution, are "just propaganda."

The retired surgeon and possible long-shot for the Republican presidential...

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House Majority Whip: 'No Deal' On Funding DHS Past Friday

(369) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 10:31 AM

WASHINGTON -- House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.) on Sunday rejected the suggestion that House Republicans had made a deal with Democrats to pass a "clean" bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security next week, telling "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, "There is no such deal and there's...

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Scott Walker Denies Comparing Protesters To ISIS, Says Obama Loves America

(741) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 9:32 AM

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Sunday made an effort to walk back recent controversial comments comparing union protesters to the Islamic State group and expressing doubt over whether President Barack Obama loves America.

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Walker said he was "not comparing" union protesters to...

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Rand Paul Supporters Walk Out Of Jeb Bush Speech

(464) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 3:18 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- A determined band of supporters of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) walked out on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Friday as he spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

A few dozen Paul backers -- many of whom donned red "Stand With Rand" T-shirts --...

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Donald Trump Still Not Convinced Obama's Birth Certificate Is Real

(606) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 12:09 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Real estate developer and reality TV host Donald Trump told a group of conservatives Friday that he questions whether President Barack Obama's birth certificate is real, resurrecting an old conspiracy theory that many Americans viewed as the low point of the 2008 presidential election.

Near...

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Marco Rubio Attempts To Win Back Conservatives On Immigration

(85) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 9:57 AM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Friday that the single biggest lesson he learned from the failure of comprehensive immigration reform in Congress in 2013 is that Americans will not accept proposals to deal with the undocumented residents in the U.S. until the border is secure....

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CPAC Conservatives Skeptical Of Another Bush

(308) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 10:10 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- When he speaks here Friday, Jeb Bush isn’t likely to win over many hearts and minds at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of activists and party leaders near Washington.

Establishment Republicans like the former governor of Florida rarely do so at an...

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Scott Walker Says He Can Take On ISIS Because He Took On Labor Unions

(1682) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 4:55 PM

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Thursday said his experience undermining labor unions in Wisconsin has prepared him to take on the threat of the Islamic State in the Middle East.

"If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the...

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Jeb Bush Makes A Big Hire For 2016

(55) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 10:48 AM

WASHINGTON -- Tim Miller, a rising star in the world of Republican political opposition research, has joined Jeb Bush's political action committee as a senior adviser. Miller co-founded America Rising, a GOP tracking group that digs up and distributes negative information about Democratic candidates. Miller is expected to...

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Jeb Bush's Foreign Policy Plan: More Military Spending Will 'Encourage Peace'

(1210) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 6:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will lay out a vision of American foreign policy on Wednesday aimed at pushing his nascent 2016 presidential campaign out of the shadow of his father and brother, two former presidents who waged overseas wars.

"I love my father and my brother...

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