Do Latino voters matter in the midterm election?

Friday, 24 October 2014 05:19
Since President Obama trounced former GOP nominee Mitt Romney among Latino voters, 71 to 27 percent, in 2012, many a political prognosticator has warned that Republicans would be doomed in future national elections if they did not take steps to win over the Hispanic community. That could be true in 2016, but as far as the 2014 midterm elections go, there are only a handful of competitive elections in states where Latinos have a large…
Rand Paul details vision for foreign policy
Friday, 24 October 2014 01:15
October 24, 2014, 12:21 AM|In what's being called his first comprehensive foreign policy statement, the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate explains four main principles that guide his views
Utah Supreme Court clears way for adoption by partners of same-sex spouses
Thursday, 23 October 2014 21:11
(Reuters) - The Utah Supreme Court on Thursday lifted an order that had blocked spouses in same-sex marriages from adopting their partners' children, state officials said. The state's highest court had imposed a stay on the adoptions in May, while Utah appealed a federal ruling last year that permitted same-sex marriages for 17 days before the Supreme Court halted them pending appeal. Earlier this month, after the U.S.
Iowa Republican Joni Ernst approaches Election Day on her own terms
Thursday, 23 October 2014 18:08
With less than two weeks before voters head to the polls, Iowa Republican Senate Candidate Joni Ernst is nursing a small lead in the polls over her Democratic rival, Rep. Bruce Braley, and she's up with a hard-hitting new ad decrying Washington's "bad ideas." But she's also drawing flak after scrapping a planned interview with Iowa's largest newspaper. "It's a mess - dirty, noisy and it stinks," Ernst says in the new ad as she's…
Secret Service tweets photos of dogs assaulted by fence jumper
Thursday, 23 October 2014 18:08
The public now knows a little more about the White House K-9 guard dogs that helped subdue the latest White House fence jumper Wednesday night. The Secret Service tweeted out photos and Twitter-length bios of Hurricane and Jordan, both Belgian Malinois dogs. USSS K-9 Hurricane - black Belgian Malinois, brown eyes, age 6, enjoys playing with his Kong toy, ready to work pic.twitter.com/1tDO1bI741— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) October 23, 2014 They're both described as "ready…
Holder "exasperated" about Ferguson investigation leaks
Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:06
Attorney General Eric Holder told Justice Department lawyers that he was "exasperated" about leaks from the federal investigation into last summer's police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in a St. Louis suburb, a Justice official told CBS News Thursday. Holder's comments come days after The New York Times reported that the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown told investigators that he was in fear for his life as they struggled over the…
Alaska Sen. Mark Begich: I voted for Obama, but that's "irrelevant"
Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:06
Democratic Sen. Mark Begich has distanced himself from President Obama as he seeks reelection in deeply conservative Alaska, but he acknowledged Wednesday that he voted for Mr. Obama in 2008 and 2012. Still, Begich added, those votes are "irrelevant" because the president is leaving office in two years. The remarks came during an interview with the Washington Examiner, when the senator was asked whether he voted for the president. "I did, but that's irrelevant," Begich…
U.S. senators demand nationwide recall over Takata air bags
Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:05
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators demanded Thursday that safety regulators issue a nationwide recall of automobiles with potentially defective air bags that can launch metal shards into occupants. Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the recall should be immediate "regardless of where the car is registered." NHTSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
U.S. senator asks Internet providers to commit to no 'fast lanes'
Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:04
By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Thursday pressed large Internet providers to pledge that they will not strike deals that may help some websites load faster than others or give similar "fast lanes" to affiliated services. As regulators work on new so-called "net neutrality" rules, Leahy wrote to chiefs of AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Time Warner Cable Inc and Charter Communications Inc.
For Mike Huckabee, Iowa holds the possibility of political redemption
Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:03
This article originally appeared on RealClearPolitics. SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- It was just another routine photo-op at a Republican field office Tuesday morning until Mike Huckabee decided to improvise. In a cheeky attempt to bring himself level with Cody Hoefert -- the 7-foot-tall co-chairman of the Iowa Republican Party -- Huckabee pulled up a chair and began to climb atop it. He didn't have to complete the physical joke to get the laughs he was…
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