Jul 7, 2014

U.S. gun makers migrate to firearm-friendly South

The first gun manufacturer to leave Connecticut after it enacted tough new gun-control laws last year in the wake of the Newtown school shootings presented a commemorative rifle last week to the governor of South Carolina, its new home. PTR Industries Inc. is among ...

U.S. health decision galvanizes Democrats

| Jul 2, 2014

U.S. health decision galvanizes Democrats

Their Senate majority in peril, anxious Democrats have seized the Supreme Court decision that some companies need not provide birth control to women as fresh evidence of the Republicans’ “war on women” — an argument they hope will energize female voters who could decide ...

U.S. voters rarely boot lawmakers

Jun 30, 2014

U.S. voters rarely boot lawmakers

The U.S. Congress is wildly unpopular. In fact, two-thirds of Americans want their own House member booted. And the ultraconservative tea party movement is dogging longtime Republican lawmakers. So incumbents are nervous about the upcoming November elections, right? No. Mostly they are not. People ...

U.S. high court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

Jun 27, 2014

U.S. high court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that President Barack Obama acted illegally when he made recess appointments to a key government agency, a decision that appears to block any president’s ability to get around political gridlock in Washington by making appointments without congressional ...

Obama seeks $500 million from Congress to help moderate Syrian rebels

Jun 27, 2014

Obama seeks $500 million from Congress to help moderate Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama, under pressure from some lawmakers to provide more help to Syria’s opposition, asked Congress on Thursday to approve $500 million to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels seeking to oust President Bashar Assad. It was the administration’s most tangible move yet ...

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. can expect huge bill from climate change: report

Annual property losses from hurricanes and other coastal storms of $35 billion; a decline in crop yields of 14 percent, costing corn and wheat farmers tens of billions of dollars; heat wave-driven demand for electricity costing utility customers up to $12 billion per year. ...