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Senators Urge Obama To Deliver Consistent Message On Marijuana

WASHINGTON (MCT) — After nearly two years of sending conflicting signals on the legalization of marijuana, the Barack Obama Administration finds itself under increased pressure from all sides to deliver a consistent message on where it stands. Democratic Senators from Washington State and Colorado entered the fray Tuesday, releasing a letter that complained that Federal […]

TSA Offering Cash For Ideas To Speed Up Screening Lines

(MCT) — If you have a better idea for moving people through airport queues, the Transportation Security Administration wants to hear it. In fact, the TSA is offering rewards totaling up to $15,000 for the best ideas for a queuing system. The TSA has long relied on the age-old first-come, first-served system that uses retractable […]

Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional By U.S. Appeals Court

(MCT) — In a closely watched case, a Federal appeals court has ruled that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unConstitutional, the second appellate circuit to recently rule on an issue that is probably heading to the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision, handed down on Monday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th […]

Obama’s Crackdown On Leakers Damages Constitutional Protections, Activists Say

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Recent revelations of the U.S. government’s pervasive surveillance program and its crackdown on leaks are making it increasingly difficult for American journalists and lawyers to do their jobs, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report released Monday. It’s becoming impossible to ensure privacy […]

Medicare Finances Improve As Healthcare Inflation Slows, Trustees Say

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Improvements in healthcare costs have extended the life of Medicare’s main trust fund by four years, the annual report of the Social Security and Medicare trustees said Monday, a further sign of the positive effect of lower medical inflation. Medicare Part B premiums are expected to remain the same through 2015 because […]

Protest Delays FBI’s Huge Sole-Source Deal With Motorola

WASHINGTON (MCT) — A protest by a small two-way radio manufacturer has stalled an FBI plan to hand a sole-source contract worth up to $500 million to emergency communications giant Motorola Solutions Inc., mainly to upgrade the bureau’s 30-year-old network. FBI contracting officials contend that proprietary features embedded in their existing Motorola network preclude its […]

More Americans Blame Hamas Over Israel For Violence, Poll Finds

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Americans blame Hamas over Israel for the fighting in Gaza by a roughly 2-1 margin, according to a new poll, which shows a significant partisan divide in U.S. reaction. About 4 in 10 Americans say that Hamas is most responsible for the violence while 2 in 10 put most of the responsibility […]

Study Finds Record-Low Midterm Turnout Amid Widespread Discontent

Study Finds Record-Low Midterm Turnout Amid Widespread Discontent

A report last week from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate showed Americans are staying away from the polls this election season in droves. If precedent holds, the study says, the Nation will record the lowest midterm primary turnout in its history.

Russia’s Actions In Ukraine ‘Gasoline On The Fire,’ US Diplomat Says

KIEV, Ukraine (MCT) — The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine had stern words for Russia on Friday, continuing a week in which Washington has toughened its rhetoric against Russian President Vladimir Putin over his nation’s alleged involvement in clashes in eastern Ukraine. More than a week after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Ambassador Geoffrey […]

Kerry Presses For Truce Amid Fighting In Gaza, Clashes In West Bank

JERUSALEM — (MCT) Amid the clearest signs yet that a truce agreement might finally be near, Israeli forces again pounded targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday. But scattered clashes across the West Bank left at least five Palestinians dead, pointing to an ominous widening of the 18-day-old conflict between Israel and the militant group […]


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