On Politics: Democrats hark back to the politics of race

Thursday, 17 April 2014 16:15
So now it's out there. After five years of studied reticence (unless they were talking privately to one another or their supporters), Democratic leaders in Washington finally went public last week with what they really think is motivating Republican opposition to Barack Obama. As Steve Israel, one of the top Democrats in Congress, told CNN's Candy Crowley, the Republican base, "to a significant extent," is "animated by racism." Just to make himself clear, Israel did…
Obama on health law: 'This thing is working'
Thursday, 17 April 2014 16:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections. Obama appeared in the White House briefing room to trumpet the new figures, which beat initial projections by 1 million people. Equally critical: About 35 percent of those who signed up are under the age of…
NASA finds first Earth-sized planet that may sustain life
Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:01
For the first time, scientists have discovered an Earth-sized alien planet in the habitable zone of its host star, an "Earth cousin" that just might have liquid water and the right conditions for life. The newfound planet, called Kepler-186f, was first spotted by NASA's Kepler space telescope and circles a dim red dwarf star about 490 light-years from Earth. While the host star is dimmer than Earth's sun and the planet is slightly bigger than…
Beau Biden, son of U.S. VP, to run for governor of Delaware
Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:15
By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - At least one member of the Biden family will be seeking higher office in 2016. Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, said on Thursday he plans to run for governor of the Mid-Atlantic state. In a message to voters posted on his website, Biden, a Democrat like his father, said he would not be seeking re-election to a third term as Delaware attorney…
Obama budget would boost U.S. tax revenue, cut deficits: CBO
Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenues by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, slashing deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday. There is virtually no chance that Congress will advance Obama's plan in its entirety. But the CBO's latest analysis will feed campaign messaging by both Democrats and Republicans ahead of congressional elections in November.
Beau Biden readies 2016 run for Delaware governor
Thursday, 17 April 2014 14:00
DOVER, Del. -- Vice President Joe Biden's eldest son, Beau Biden, said Thursday that he has decided not to seek re-election as Delaware attorney general this year and instead plans to run for governor in 2016. "Over the past few months, as I've been planning to run for re-election, I have also been giving a great deal of thought to running for governor in 2016," Biden said in an e-mail to supporters Thursday morning. "What…
Hagel: Obama approved non-lethal assistance for Ukraine
Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:00
April 17, 2014, 12:42 PM|Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announces that the Obama administration has stepped up its aid to Ukraine as tensions with Russia continue.
New Hampshire lawmakers fail to pass death penalty repeal
Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:00
BOSTON (Reuters) - New Hampshire's Senate failed to repeal the death penalty on Thursday, in a vote that capped weeks of emotional debate while focusing attention on the state's lone death row inmate. The Senate deadlocked 12 to 12 on a bill to abolish capital punishment, meaning it did not pass. New Hampshire's House had earlier passed the bill, and first-term Governor Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, had said she would sign it.
Comfort dogs return to Boston for marathon weekend
Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:47
BOSTON — Tens of thousands of spectators and runners at next week's Boston Marathon will be greeted by some familiar, furry faces: golden retrievers. The K-9 comfort dogs from an Illinois-based church organization are returning to Boston to distract those still coping with memories of the 2013 marathon bombings. "Dogs just bring a wonderful comfort," Tim Hetzner, president of Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs, told Yahoo News. "They're a calming presence and allow victims…
Kerry on Ukraine talks: 'Good days work'
Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:47
GENEVA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine. He said all of this "represents a good day's work." But Kerry also says "words on paper" will have little meaning if they are not followed by actions on all sides to calm the situation in the former Soviet republic.