Texas wants its gold back inside the state’s borders

Forget Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve. Texas has decided to start keeping its gold holdings within in its own borders. But what makes sense politically in such a sovereignty-loving place is creating a logistical conundrum. Texas is the only state that owns an actual stockpile of gold, according to public sector and financial industry […]

Governor: Puerto Rico near ‘death spiral’

Puerto Rico is teetering near a “death spiral” as it nears a government debt default, its governor says. Puerto Rico can no longer make payments on its $73 billion in debt, according to Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, who warns the island is perilously close to entering a “death spiral” “The debt is not payable … […]

In 2016 operation, Dr. Carson is outpacing many U.S. presidential rivals

Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon with no experience in the cutthroat world of Washington politics, is riding a surprising wave of support among conservatives that has placed him near the top of contenders for the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. The soft-spoken 63-year-old Carson, an African-American who only officially became a Republican last year, has […]

Backlash grows as Italy migrant arrivals top 50,000

Italy’s wealthy North vowed Sunday that it would refuse to accommodate any more migrants as thousands more were rescued in the Mediterranean by a multinational flotilla of ships. As another frantic weekend of rescues unfolded, nearly 6,000 people were plucked to safety from packed fishing boats and rubber dinghies off Libya. Mass drownings in the […]

Republican Jindal to announce 2016 White House plans this month

Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal plans to make an announcement in New Orleans this month on whether to join the crowded field of candidates seeking his party’s 2016 presidential nomination. Jindal, 43, said in a statement he would make his decision public on June 24 but gave no other details. “If I decide to announce […]

Jeb Bush reverses on Iraq war, highlighting difference with brother

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at a town hall meeting in Tempe, Arizona Republican Jeb Bush reversed position Thursday on whether the U.S. should have invaded Iraq, reflecting a struggle between being his own man in his expected run for the White House and remaining loyal to his brother who started the war, former […]

GOP candidate Ben Carson takes a biblical approach to taxes

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said on Sunday his proposed flat-tax plan of about 10 percent was inspired by the biblical practice of tithing. “You make $10 billion a year, you pay a billion; you make $10 year, you pay one. That’s pretty damn fair if you ask me,” Carson said on “Fox News Sunday.” […]

Michelle Obama ‘knocked back’ by race perceptions

Michelle Obama says she had to fight misperceptions due to her African-American race during the 2008 White House campaign that saw her husband become the first black president of the United States. The first lady, who grew up in humble circumstances in Chicago and became a successful corporate lawyer, has rarely discussed race during her […]

Bill Clinton says tough ’90s crime bill went too far

Former President Bill Clinton acknowledged on Wednesday that an anti-crime crackdown he pushed in 1994 went too far, and said he now supports his wife Hillary’s plans to reverse some of those justice policies. Bill Clinton signed into law a crime bill that imposed tougher sentences, put thousands of more police on the streets and […]

Conservatives threaten defense bill over immigration

Two dozen House conservatives are threatening to oppose a sweeping defense policy bill over a nonbinding provision aimed at allowing immigrants brought illegally to this country as children to serve in the military. Their move could provoke a clash on a perennially volatile topic that’s become a major issue in the presidential campaign. In a […]


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