Mitt Romney bows out of 2016 race after a 3-week test run

He insists he could win, but Mitt Romney has stepped out of the 2016 presidential contest in favor of the “next generation of Republican leaders” following a three-week fact-finding effort that revealed significant resistance to a third campaign. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee on Friday formally ended his flirtation with another White House bid and […]

Texas Gov. Rick Perry: ‘I’m ready’ for White House run

Conceding there was more “excitement than preparation” for his first presidential bid, Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday declared himself ready for a second White House run should he decide to enter the crowded 2016 Republican field. “I don’t shy away from the fact that I have been preparing. Preparation’s done. I’m ready,” he said […]

New York Governor Cuomo to lead trade mission to Cuba

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will lead one of the first trade missions to Cuba from the United States since the Obama administration loosened travel and trade restrictions on the Communist-ruled Caribbean island, his office confirmed on Saturday. The Democratic governor will be promoting an initiative which seeks to attract foreign investment to New York […]

Some in GOP worry House hopeful could hurt diversity effort

Eager to attract more minority voters, some Republicans are worried that their party’s near-certain candidate for a House seat in New York City could become the latest drag on GOP diversity efforts. Daniel Donovan seems sure to become the Republican nominee in a special election in the 11th Congressional District, which covers Staten Island and […]

First black female Republican joins US Congress

Mia Love of Utah on Tuesday became the first black female Republican in Congress as she was sworn in along with 57 other freshmen members of the U.S. House. Love, 39, a former mayor of Saratoga Springs, was elected in November in Utah’s 4th District. She already has started making appearances on cable news channels […]

Boehner wins third term as speaker, but will rocky vote hurt ability to lead?

On Tuesday, 25 hard-line Republicans voted against John Boehner of Ohio for his third term as speaker – the largest number of in-party desertions in the modern history of voting for the speakership. It was a more stinging rebuke than expected. On the first day of the 114th Congress on Tuesday, when House Republicans were […]

Obama acts boldly on Cuba, with eye on legacy

While campaigning in 2008, Barack Obama said it was time to come up with a new US policy towards Cuba. Now, with two years left in his second term in the White House, he has finally acted. The president has broken with a half century of seeking to isolate Cuba by announcing plans to restore […]

Texas school board approves textbooks criticized for religious bent

The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday approved nearly 100 textbooks despite criticism the books exaggerated the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of government. The Republican-controlled 15-member body voted along party lines to approve the use of the textbooks for all ages of students […]

Obama defends moves on immigration

President Barack Obama is shrugging off Republican criticism of his actions to lift the threat of deportation from millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States. In an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Obama said it was important that he act unilaterally to prioritize the deportation of criminals and recent arrivals and […]

Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dead at 78

Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry is dead, a Washington hospital spokeswoman said early Sunday. He was 78. Barry was elected four times as the city’s chief executive and was a council member in the District of Columbia for 15 years. The one-time leader of the city’s old Board of Education, Barry was, at one time, […]


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