Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 11:23 am
When President Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on Friday, he marked another state off his list. As president, he has now traveled to 46 of the 50 states.
Which ones are still waiting for a visit from President Obama?
Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.
Obama lost all of those states by a significant margin in 2012. They vote solidly Republican. And, it turns out, with the exception of South Carolina, they aren't popular destinations for other presidents either.
With new technology came a new type of Washington scandal: missing emails.
In the latest instance, the vanished emails belonged to Lois Lerner, former head of the exempt organizations division at IRS. She's the official who oversaw the scrutiny of applicants for tax-exempt status as 501(c)(4) social welfare groups — a process that conservatives allege was meant to block Tea Party groups.
The controversy blew up just over a year ago. Lerner was pushed out of the IRS; the House cited her for contempt of Congress.
Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:52 pm
Net neutrality has become a hot topic this summer, despite its snooze-inducing name. The principle governs that data on the Internet should be served to customers on a level playing field — at the same speeds — without priority for certain companies that might be able to pay for "fast lanes" for content.
The mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, is in Washington today for a nomination hearing. He is President Obama's choice to become the secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Ryan Loyd of Texas Public Radio in San Antonio reports on how Castro has made the move to the national stage.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama appeals court has ruled that a law criminalizing consensual homosexual conduct is unconstitutional. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Alabama's sexual misconduct law in a unanimous decision. The judges said it was the first time the constitutionality of the law had been addressed since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a similar Texas law in 2003. The chairman of Equality Alabama, Ben Cooper, calls it a step in the right direction.
The poll, conducted June 5-8, finds Congress's job approval at 16 percent, its lowest point in a midterm election year since Gallup began tracking the metric in 1974. Satisfaction with the direction of the country comes in at a paltry 23 percent, just a point above its 2010 midterm year low.
Between Rick Perry, Ted Cruz and Wendy Davis, Texas politicians in recent years have lived up to their state's reputation for producing larger-than-life characters.
That makes the Texas political scene a natural for the Hollywood treatment.
HBO has given God Save Texas, a drama about the state's often raucous political culture, the green light for development. It's set to unfold at the Texas statehouse, a perennial flashpoint for national debates about issues ranging from abortion to gun rights to the size and role of government.
Two women challenging Alabama's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages are asking a judge to decide the case without holding a trial.
Attorneys for Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand of Mobile filed the request in federal court in Mobile. They have one of three suits challenging Alabama's ban. They were married in California in 2008 and want Alabama to recognize the marriage.
Alabama's governor and attorney general are asking the judge to dismiss the suit.
The other two suits challenging the ban are pending in federal courts in Montgomery and Birmingham.