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Jason Cherkis

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Alison Lundergan Grimes May Have Found Mitch McConnell's Weak Spot

(486) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 5:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- With Alison Lundergan Grimes down in almost every poll in a tight race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, her success may hinge on whether she can bring Paducah, a small city more than three hours west of Louisville, into her camp....

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Outside Chiefs Called To Help Ferguson Police 'Make Better Decisions'

(71) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 7:37 AM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- The head of the Justice Department's Community Oriented Policing Services is planning to return to St. Louis in the next few weeks with the goal of helping to ease the tensions between police and black residents in the greater St. Louis area.

COPS Director Ronald...

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With School Shootings Routine, Parents Turn To Bulletproof Backpacks, Child Clothing

(1077) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 8:05 AM

WASHINGTON -- The aftermath of school shootings is now all too familiar. The shock of the breaking news, the scenes of school evacuations, the ensuing political debate and the inevitable inaction. And for Ed Burke, the wave of new customers.

As CEO of the Massachusetts-based company Bullet Blocker, Burke sells...

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Gun Violence Killed At Least 80 People The Week Prior To Elliot Rodger's Rampage

(4013) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON --The Memorial Day weekend saw a community eviscerated by gun violence that left several dead and many more injured.

But it wasn't UC Santa Barbara that witnessed this particular round of bloodshed. It was New Orleans. By weekend's end, the city had seen 19...

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How Donald Sterling Tried To Blot Out His History Of Racism By Giving To Charity

(87) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 7:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP accepted at least $45,000 in grants from charitable foundations closely associated with Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in recent years. The majority of those contributions were made shortly before the chapter in 2009 presented a lifetime achievement award...

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Christian Charity Loses A Fish Stick Fortune In Caribbean Hotel Investment Gone Wrong

(124) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 3:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- A Lutheran charitable foundation lost roughly a third of its endowment in a Caribbean investment scheme gone wrong, the group's most recent tax documents reveal.

The Marvin M. Schwan Foundation's endowment comes from the fortune made by its namesake in the frozen food business. The Schwan Food...

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Gotta Serve Somebody: Bob Dylan Hails Asian Sweatshops In Bizarre Super Bowl Ad

(330) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 9:52 PM

The icon of the 1960s counter culture sang Sunday night in praise of sweatshops, the logical if absurd extension of the journey that generation has undertaken over the last half century. "Let Asia assemble your phone," sang Bob Dylan, the man who warned against working on Maggie's farm no more.

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Greg Fettig's Conspiracy Theories Went Too Far For Tea Party Group

(93) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 1:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- The United Kentucky Tea Party has parted ways with controversial activist Greg Fettig. The Louisville-based Courier-Journal first reported the news Thursday when a tea party spokesman said the group was "cutting ties" with Fettig, who had been working on its grassroots campaign against Senate Minority Leader...

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Mitch McConnell Once Again Plays Politics With Plant Workers

(398) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 1:50 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the first major television ad buy of his 2014 campaign, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) does not tout his ability to cut deals as the Senate minority leader or highlight his anti-Obamacare rhetoric. Instead, the McConnell campaign chose a rerun from his last Senate race.

The ads,...

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Sen. Mitch McConnell's Biggest Foe May Be Conspiracy Theorist Greg Fettig

(603) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- The leader of an audacious tea party plan in Kentucky to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) believes unknown forces orchestrated the 2008 financial collapse to give Barack Obama the presidency. "It's too coincidental in my opinion," Greg Fettig of Unbridled Liberty tells...

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Port Authority Head Seethed Over Fort Lee Lane Closures: 'I Pray That No Life Has Been Lost'

(7949) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 4:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- Emails released Friday by the New Jersey Assembly underscore the dangerous situation New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) aides created by closing access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September, with the head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey worrying that people may...

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Beyond Newtown, One Family's Grief After Gun Tragedy 'Doesn't Get Easy'

(155) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 8:22 AM

WASHINGTON -- One year after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., left 26 dead and a nation in shock, the anniversary was marked with quiet remembrances, vigils and moments of silence.

The images of that day remain harrowing. The grieving family members of...

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Here's Why Obamacare Is Going To Work

(17859) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 1:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- As Obamacare emerges from the rubble of its first two months, local organizers, state officials and the White House see a clear path forward. With the website now quasi-functional, there are good reasons to believe that the Affordable Care Act will catch on. Quite simply, there are tens...

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Long Before Deeds Case, Virginia Tech Massacre Pointed To Mental Health Service Gaps

(575) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 6:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- Years before Gus Deeds failed to get the psychiatric help he needed, stabbed his father, Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, and fatally shot himself, the state of Virginia knew it had a problem providing services to individuals in crisis. State officials had been warned by a...

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Creigh Deeds Family Violence Foreshadowed By Report Showing Psychiatric Bed Shortage (UPDATE)

(1335) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 8:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- The day before he stabbed his father and apparently shot himself to death, the 24-year-old son of Creigh Deeds, a Virginia state senator who was a 2009 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, failed to get psychiatric help because no beds were available.

Austin "Gus" Deeds died from...

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Kentucky's Obamacare Website Works, But Word Of Mouth Is What Sells It

(2679) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 6:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- When she logged onto Kentucky’s health insurance exchange website, Kimberly Cates did not have the problems that have plagued so many Americans trying to sign up for insurance under Obamacare. She browsed plans and compared them, and checked whether she was eligible for subsidies. Yet when...

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Newsweek Predicted The Rise Of Ted Cruz

(1603) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 3:09 PM

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WASHINGTON -- Fourteen years ago, Ted Cruz wasn't a household name -- but the editors of Newsweek predicted he would be. In a July 1999 cover story on the rise of Latino culture, the magazine highlighted Cruz as one of 20 "Latinos...

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Hour By Hour, Furloughed Workers Worry, Wait For Congress To Act

(1055) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 11:44 AM

WASHINGTON -- For two weeks since the government shutdown began, furloughed federal workers and their families have had their lives upended. Ordinary trips to the grocery store are now complicated by financial concerns. Can they afford gas? Can they scrape together affordable meals on last month's income? Their worry is...

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Furloughed Workers, Military Vets Facing Creditors, Draining 401Ks

(4959) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 7:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- Julio Fierros' last day of active duty in the Marines was Sept. 14. He had served for more than decade, including five deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and the young father of four was looking forward to returning to the civilian world. He’d counted on the money from...

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Rape Kits May Stop In D.C. If Government Shutdown Continues

(74) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 7:31 AM

WASHINGTON -- It's standard procedure for rape victims in the District of Columbia to receive a forensic exam when they arrive at the hospital so that DNA evidence can be quickly collected to help obtain justice for the victims. They can also expect to receive the services of an advocate...

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