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Kshama Sawant, a socialist City Council member in Seattle, recently told an audience that concerns about raising minimum wage were unduly ratcheted due to an analysis by a "right-wing think tank" - only the data was written by the Obama administration's Government Accountability Office (GAO). Ms. Sawant made the comments during a forum at Seattle Central Community College on minimum wage, when an attendee cited a study that showed an economic downturn for American Samoa after the U.S. terri...
One year removed from being snubbed by CPAC, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie drew a standing ovation from conservative activists Thursday, pointing to his own re-election last year as an example that standing on principle and winning elections are not mutually exclusive. Mr. Christie, who many Republicans criticized following the 2012 presidential election for his 11th-hour praise of President Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy, sought to connect with grass-roots activists who have been wary ...
Sen. Marco Rubio made a strong pitch for an engaged America around the world in a foreign policy-heavy speech Thursday at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), saying that the United States must be be a world leader - and not a dictator. "Don't take for granted what we have," Mr. Rubio, Florida Republican, said. "What we have in America is the exception and not the rule in human history."
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - After the most miserable season of his career, Michael Morse is eager for a fresh start. A popular figure during four seasons with the Washington Nationals, where he grew into a power-hitting outfielder and first baseman, Morse was squeezed out before last season and traded to the Seattle Mariners, with whom he spent four years before being shipped east in 2009.
President Obama on Thursday tweeted that he is the "champion in chief for comprehensive immigration reform" - a move activists saw as an admission that he's suffering political damage from his administration's record-setting level of deportations. Mr. Obama has been under fire for years over the Homeland Security Department's informal quota of trying to deport about 400,000 immigrants every year. Republican opponents accuse him of inflating the numbers, while immigration rights advocates say ...
After managing just three wins in 34 contests a season ago, D.C. United has overhauled their roster in hopes to compete for a spot in the MLS playoffs in 2014. With new personalities and new faces, coach Ben Olsen realizes that an overnight turnaround is far from likely.
Republicans circled around Rep. Darrell Issa on Thursday, rejecting a Democratic effort to censure the House's top investigator after he cut off the microphone of the top Democrat on the oversight committee Wednesday during a heated hearing. GOP lawmakers defeated a resolution chastising Mr. Issa, and House Speaker John A. Boehner gave Mr. Issa qualified backing, saying the congressman was within his rights to end Wednesday's hearing after former IRS employee Lois G. Lerner refused to answer ...
Alexandria police said Thursday that the fatal shooting of a music teacher last month and the killing last year of a regional planning official "appear to be linked" to the decade-old unsolved slaying of the wife of the city's former sheriff. Police Chief Earl Cook confirmed at a news conference that police were exploring whether the Feb. 6 killing of Ruthanne Lodato could be connected to the November slaying of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments transportation planning official R...
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said Thursday that more Americans are buying guns because the country is in trouble, ripping "political dishonesty and media dishonesty" that he said were undercutting the U.S. Constitution and his own organization. Mr. LaPierre said in an address at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that people in the country are worried about health care and education for their children, and living on a decent retirement.
Sen. Ted Cruz called for the abolition of the IRS and the repeal of Obamacare in a rousing speech to kick off the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday. The Texas Republican has made a name for himself in Tea Party and conservative circles by standing ironclad on issues like the federal debt ceiling - to the consternation of some in his own party, at times.
The State Department has a verified account dedicated to needling jihadists or, in its words, speaking "truths about terrorism." "How many daughters will not be able to play with their fathers because of extremists using this flag?" responded the account to a man who made clay al Qaeda flags with his daughter.
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond surveyed the clubhouse at Space Coast Stadium last month and instantly the memories came flooding back. There was his old locker along the near wall, the one where he fought for four years to make an impression and prove he was the organization's shortstop of the future. This was the same place where he first turned heads as an 18-year-old and heard his general manager rashly compare him to Derek Jeter.
The Senate agreed Thursday to begin debating a proposal to better protect victims of sexual assault in the military, but rejected broader changes that would have turned prosecution decisions over to an independent military lawyer. The competing votes were steeped in political implications, with those who blocked the broader changes saying they felt they were being accused of defending rape.
While conservatives flocked to CPAC 2014, a handful of attendees branched off for a discussion about Benghazi, Russia, nuclear sanctions and national security at another conference just down the street. At the Westin Hotel in National Harbor complex in suburban Maryland, the National Security Action Conference attracted a smaller crowd than its CPAC counterpart at the Gaylord National, but shared some of the same big-name attractions, including Senator Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, who spoke at...
Sen. Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, told Thursday morning's crowd at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that the defeat of President Obama's nominee demonstrates that "when we stand up and fight" on principle, "we can actually win." Senators on Wdnesday blocked President Obama's nominee to lead the Justice Department's civil rights divisionWednesday in a bipartisan filibuster, with opponents saying his history defending a convicted cop-killer in the ...
President Obama aimed stern warnings and temporarily toothless sanctions at Russia on Thursday, calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to ease the crisis in Ukraine and condemning a proposed referendum in Crimea that would allow the contested region to join Moscow. Mr. Obama signed an executive order authorizing financial sanctions against individuals and corporations responsible for destabilizing Ukraine, but for the moment it was a list with no names. The president said the move was pa...
Enough already with the Hitler talk. War drums and loose lips are giving the old Austrian paperhanger a bad name. Der fuehrer has held the franchise as "most evil figure in history," and now excitable politicians and pundits of little imagination are trying to take the title away by putting him in league with mere pikers. Hitler remains unique in his evil.
With less than a month left for Americans to enroll in insurance plans under President Obama's health care overhaul, companies like H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt Tax Service may be the administration's secret weapon in getting people to sign up. Tax experts are leveraging their busy season ahead of the mid- April filing deadline to advise customers about government- subsidized health plans that are available through the end of March under Obamacare. They're also providing a suite of online...
The Lenten season is often treated as a time for fasting. But for restaurants in the seafood sector, it means big business for the next 40 days. Wednesday marked the first day of the 2014 Lenten season, which means that starting Friday - and for the next six Fridays - those practicing Lenten traditions will have to find something other than red meat to eat.
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