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President Obama in L.A.: Fundraiser, fist bumps, trash talk in a deli
On his regularly scheduled visits to rake up campaign cash from the salons of Los Angeles’ upper-crust neighborhoods, President Obama just as regularly drops into locales meant to emphasize that he is more man-of-the-people than man-of-the-moneyed.
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:14:00 PDT)

Arizona to probe why killer took 2 hours to die after lethal injection
A day after the third execution to go awry this year, critics of capital punishment on Thursday called for a thorough investigation into why it took almost two hours for Joseph Rudolph Wood to die in Arizona and also asked for a deeper look at all of the issues surrounding how the death...
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:58:00 PDT)

Central American presidents want more U.S. investment in security
If the U.S. wants to stem the tide of children illegally crossing its southwestern border, it should increase investment in Central America to improve security and dismantle drug cartels, the presidents of Guatemala and Honduras said Thursday.
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:35:00 PDT)

Democrats stand by senator accused of plagiarism in academic paper
The head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said the party "absolutely" stands by Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) despite a report that he plagiarized substantial portions of an academic paper seven years ago.
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:43:00 PDT)

No partisan wave building for fall elections, but GOP gains likely
In the last two midterm elections, in 2006 and 2010, partisan waves shaped the outcomes, delivering big victories first to the Democrats, then to the Republicans. This time around, that doesn't seem to be happening.
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:44:00 PDT)

How did Arizona execution go wrong?
For the third time this year, a state has set out to execute a convicted murderer but found itself unable to cleanly carry out the sentence. The continuing problems have raised questions about whether the nation's current methods for carrying out capital punishment —  a patchwork of drugs,...
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:10:00 PDT)

Democratic strategists prescribe populism to cure party ills
Could a good strong dose of economic populism be the prescription for the lagging turnout ailment that plagues the Democratic party?
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:00:00 PDT)

Cruise passengers call for stricter government oversight of industry
Angry former cruise ship passengers, including one who said she was raped by a ship employee and a woman who blamed inadequate shipboard medical care for her mother's death, are calling on lawmakers to impose tighter restrictions on the industry to protect travelers from what they called...
(Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:46:00 PDT)

Democrats, Republicans in Congress deadlocked on border crisis
Failing to agree on how to handle the crush of children on the Southwestern border, Congress has stalemated amid a fresh round of political brinkmanship that is likely to prolong the crisis and increase federal costs involved.
(Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:09:00 PDT)

World crises drown out Obama's economic message for midterm election
As President Obama delivered a pitch to donors at a Democratic fundraiser Tuesday night, events forced him to change a key piece of his by now well-rehearsed description of the political landscape.
(Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:06:00 PDT)

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