Hawaii becomes first state to put gun owners in FBI database

Hawaii passed a law making it the first state to put gun owners on a federal criminal record database and monitor them. Hawaii Governor David Ige signed the bill Thursday, which allows police to enroll firearms applicants and individuals who are registering their firearms into “Rap Back,” a Federal Bureau of Investigation database that monitors […]

Supreme Court hands win to unions, splits 4-4 without Scalia

Public sector unions triumphed before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday when the justices preserved a vital source of cash for organized labor, splitting 4-4 on a conservative challenge that had seemed destined for success until Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last month. The case brought by non-union public school teachers in California had targeted fees […]

Ben Carson says Obama was ‘raised white’

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson referred to himself as potentially the first African-American president, saying President Barack Obama had many non-black influences growing up and was “raised white.” Carson made the comments to Politico’s Glenn Thrush in a podcast recorded Saturday and released Tuesday. “Like most Americans, I was proud that we broke the color […]

Obama plans to close Guantanamo

President Barack Obama on Tuesday detailed the Pentagon’s plan for finally shutting down the controversial Guantanamo Bay military detention center in Cuba — a move he said serves as an upgrade to national security. “In our fight against terrorists like al-Qaida and [the Islamic State], we are using every element of our national power. Our […]

George W. Bush: President shouldn’t be someone ‘who mirrors and inflames our frustration’

George W. Bush told voters here Monday that “we do not need someone in the Oval Office who mirrors and inflames our frustration” — a clear swipe at Donald Trump during a campaign rally for his brother, Jeb Bush. In his most political speech since he left office in 2009, George W. Bush said voters […]

Obama has started work to pick Supreme Court justice: White House

The White House on Monday said President Barack Obama had started preliminary discussions with his team about naming a Supreme Court justice nominee and accused Republicans of “bluster” for saying they would not confirm his pick. White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters that administration officials had been in touch with Senate offices about the […]

Jesse Jackson says Flint residents ‘betrayed’ by water crisis

Rev. Jesse Jackson said on Sunday that Flint, Michigan is a “disaster zone” and could be the next epicenter in the fight for economic and social equality as the city struggles through a crisis with lead-contaminated drinking water. Speaking at a church rally in Flint a day after President Obama declared a federal emergency, the […]

Outfitter Adidas offers money for high schools to drop Native American mascots

Adidas North America on Thursday announced it will offer creative and financial resources to any U.S. high schools that drop Native American mascots — an issue that has been highly controversial in sports for more than a decade. The sportswear company said its offer is a means to eliminate stereotypes and racial overtones in American […]

Bush 41 hits 43’s aides in new biography

“The reaction to (the 9/11 terrorist attacks), what to do about the Middle East,” Bush told his biographer. “Just iron-ass. His seeming under to the real hard-charging guys who want to fight about everything, use force to get our way in the Middle East.” Bush attributed some of that hard-right turn to Cheney’s wife, Lynne […]

Democrats release Benghazi testimony of top Clinton aide

Democrats on the House committee investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on Wednesday released a full transcript of testimony by a top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The release comes a day before Clinton — the Democratic front-runner for president — is set to testify at a public hearing. Democrats […]

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