WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s vision of a stronger and more expensive safety net for middle class and poor Americans stands little chance of becoming law this year, but it could shape the debate for the 2016 election.
With his clout fast diminishing in Washington, and Republican and Democratic candidates gearing up for the White House race, Obama did his best in Tuesday’s State of the Union address to set the agenda for potential successors embarking on wooing voters.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As former Vice President Dick Cheney argued on Sunday that the CIA’s aggressive interrogation of terrorism suspects did not amount to torture, the man who provided the legal rationale for the program said that in some cases it had perhaps gone too far.
Former Justice Department lawyer John Yoo said the sleep deprivation, rectal feeding and other harsh treatment outlined in a U.S. Senate report last week could violate anti-torture laws.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats hoped women voters would help them weather a tough election year, but weariness with President Barack Obama and disgust with relentless partisan warfare in Washington prompted many to abandon the party they had backed two years earlier.
In a bitter election marked by record spending, Obama’s Democrats battled a powerful headwind of frustration among women voters who said they had grown tired of the relentless attack ads on TV and unceasing warfare between Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans said on Sunday they will break the legislative stalemate that has paralyzed Washington for the past several years if they win control of the Senate in the upcoming congressional elections.
Party figures said they could pass trade, tax and immigration bills that might win the approval of President Barack Obama if they control both the Senate and the House of Representatives after Tuesday’s midterm elections.
ARVADA Colorado (Reuters) – Political groups that took advantage of loosened campaign-finance rules spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. This year, they’re cropping up in state and local races as well.
Wealthy individuals and interest groups of all stripes are increasingly setting up political committees that can steer unlimited sums to small-dollar contests for state legislature, sheriff and school board.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voters in the U.S. capital and two West Coast states will decide in the Nov. 4 elections whether to legalize marijuana, pushing closer to the mainstream a notion that was once consigned to the political fringe.
Ballot initiatives in Oregon and Alaska would set up a network of regulated pot stores, similar to those already operating in Colorado and Washington state. A measure in the District of Columbia would allow possession but not retail sales.
DENVER, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Green billionaire Tom Steyer
vowed to make the November congressional elections about climate
change. Now he’s talking about abortion and the economy to get
his candidates across the finish line.
Steyer, a hedge fund manager turned environmentalist,
launched a state-of-the-art operation to push voters to elect
governors and senators willing to confront global warming. His
NextGen Climate Action political committee is on track to spend
more than $55 million in this election – an unprecedented amount
for an environmentalist group.
FAYETTEVILLE, NC, Oct 8 (Reuters) – After 13 years of war, life outside the gates of the United States’ largest military base has settled into a familiar ebb and flow.
Army paratroopers and commandos stationed at Fort Bragg periodically board transport planes bound for Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving spouses to handle the carpooling and holiday planning. Kids celebrate birthdays with one parent in the room, the other watching from a computer screen somewhere out there. Crowds thin out at Little League games and restaurants sell fewer orders of chicken wings. When troops return, business picks back up.
After 13 years of war, life outside the gates of the United States’ largest military base has settled into a familiar ebb and flow.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s push to raise the minimum wage, which has largely found success in liberal-leaning coastal states to date, could make headway in the conservative heartland in the November elections.
Voters in the Republican-controlled states of Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota will consider ballot initiatives in November that would raise the minimum wage above the national rate of $7.25 per hour. Activists on both sides of the issue say the proposals stand a good chance of passing.