Few Americans identify as libertarian, survey finds

Monday, 25 August 2014 11:43
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., appears to be a competitive contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, but few Americans identify with his political ideology, according to a new survey. Only 14 percent of Americans identify as libertarian, according to new Pew Research Center data. Fewer, just 11 percent, identify as libertarian and also correctly define the term as "someone whose political views emphasize individual freedom by limiting the role of government." Additionally, Pew found that…
Opponent of scandal-plagued Rep. Scott DesJarlais concedes primary
Monday, 25 August 2014 11:07
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Republican state senator who challenged scandal-plagued U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais conceded his 38-vote primary loss to the incumbent on Monday, saying he decided not to challenge the results. Tracy said in a news release that he had decided against putting the GOP, state officials, his family and others through "additional weeks of litigation, with uncertainty as to who the nominee will be." Tracy had faced a Tuesday deadline to decide whether…
Rick Perry tries cashing in on mug shot
Monday, 25 August 2014 11:07
RickPAC, the Super PAC devoted to supporting Rick Perry, has come up with a creative way to make a few extra bucks: Offer t-shirts showcasing the Texas governor's grinning mug shot. PlayVideoPolitics Gov. Rick Perry turns himself in for mug shot The Texas Republican spoke to hoards of supporters at the Travis County Justice Center, where he was booked after being indicted on two felony co.
Rhode Island benefits from improving US economy
Monday, 25 August 2014 10:57
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The state's top labor official says the improving national economy is finally spurring job growth and pushing the unemployment rate down in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is nearing pre-recession employment levels. The state has added 1,200 jobs since June, bringing the number of non-farm jobs to 477,800. That's the highest number since September 2008. Rhode Island's unemployment rate has been among the worst in the U.S.
Virginia ex-governor to testify again in corruption trial
Monday, 25 August 2014 10:56
RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is set to be back on the witness stand on Monday in his federal corruption trial, now in its fifth week. McDonnell, 60, has testified at U.S. District Court since Wednesday. He has denied he gave any favors to a dietary supplement entrepreneur who is alleged to have given him and his wife Maureen $177,000 in gifts and loans. McDonnell, a Republican, is expected to testify…
Sarah Palin does "ice bucket water dump thing"
Monday, 25 August 2014 10:42
Former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, jumped on the ice-bucket-challenge bandwagon in a video posted Sunday, cutting a check to help a young man fighting Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, and urging a few famous names to do the same. And much as she tried to avoid it, yes, she was also doused with a freezing bucket of ice water. "Of course I accept the challenge," Palin, the 2008 Republican vice…
Is it too late for Chris McDaniel's post-runoff lawsuit?
Monday, 25 August 2014 10:06
Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel expects to get his day in court next month to challenge the results of the Republican primary runoff that he narrowly lost to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran. However, Cochran's attorneys say the lawsuit should be thrown out because McDaniel waited too long to file it, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports. Cochran defeated McDaniel in the June 24 runoff, though the tea party-aligned challenger contended that thousands of votes cast in favor…
It's coming: Almanac predicts another bad winter
Monday, 25 August 2014 10:01
The Polyphonic Spree - Hold Yourself Up - Tune in on Aug 25 for the LIVE concert! #YahooLive 4:33 Yes, it’s true. Yes, it’s true. The Polyphonic Spree began July 15, 2000 as one man’s desire to hear a sound he dreamt about; before most bands over the last decade, that are often compared in sound and vision to the Spree, were formed. Yes, it’s true. The Polyphonic Spree have traversed the globe several times…
How Obamacare subsidies could impact your tax refund
Monday, 25 August 2014 09:42
WASHINGTON -- Taxes? Who wants to think about taxes around Labor Day? But if you depend on your tax refund and you're one of the millions of Americans getting tax credits to subsidize your health insurance premiums under President Barack Obama's law, it's not too early. Here's why: If your income for 2014 exceeds the estimate you provided when you applied for health insurance, then complex connections between the health law and the tax code…
Back from vacation, Obama faces domestic and international crises
Monday, 25 August 2014 09:42
WASHINGTON -- Former President George H. W. Bush once plaintively asked during his presidency, "What is it about August?" Indeed, this sultry month usually associated with the doldrums of summer has burdened modern presidents with personal, domestic or international crises. And for President Obama, who returned to Washington Sunday from a two-week Martha's Vineyard vacation, what remains of the August calendar looks perhaps more daunting than when he left. Islamic militants personalized their fight in…

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