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Democrats’ Warnings Of GOP Government Shutdown Aren’t Backed By Facts

Democrats’ Warnings Of GOP Government Shutdown Aren’t Backed By Facts

Democrats are accusing Republicans of planning to shut down the federal government, though the charge is based largely on a fight over immigration that’s now very unlikely to happen this month and though no leading Republican is talking seriously about seeking to shutter the government.

Al-Qaida Sets Up New Branch In Indian Subcontinent

Al-Qaida Sets Up New Branch In Indian Subcontinent

NEW DELHI (MCT) — Terrorist group al-Qaida has set up a branch in South Asia, prompting Indian authorities to issue a nationwide alert Thursday, media reports and officials said. Al-Qaida head Ayman al-Zawahiri announced the plan in a 55-minute video message posted on the Internet Wednesday that Indian officials said appeared to be authentic. Al-Zawahiri […]

Obama, Cameron Seek To Build Coalition To Take On Islamic State

Obama, Cameron Seek To Build Coalition To Take On Islamic State

CARDIFF, Wales (MCT) — President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron warned Thursday against isolationism in the face of the “barbaric killers” of the Islamic State, then tried to use a NATO summit to build an international coalition to confront the terrorist group. “There are some who say that we shouldn’t get involved in […]

Rep. Mark Sanford Refutes Need For Shrink, Calls Ex-Wife’s Plea ‘Crazy’

Rep. Mark Sanford Refutes Need For Shrink, Calls Ex-Wife’s Plea ‘Crazy’

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) lashed out Wednesday at his ex-wife, saying her demands that he have a psychiatric evaluation and for modified custody arrangements are “crazy” and “wrong.” “Since the time of the divorce I have tried to do everything in my power to be both a good dad and a former […]

Louisiana’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Upheld By Federal Judge

Louisiana’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Upheld By Federal Judge

(MCT) — A federal judge in Louisiana upheld the state’s ban on same-sex marriages Wednesday, marking the first time a federal court upheld a ban since the Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act last year, according to court filings. U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman ruled the state’s ban […]

Low Turnout In California In November Could Lift Prospects For GOP

Low Turnout In California In November Could Lift Prospects For GOP

(MCT) — The Democratic Party’s dominance of California is close to a historic peak. But strength can draw trouble. Although all signs point to an easy re-election for Gov. Jerry Brown in November and million-vote victories for some of the party’s other statewide candidates, the lack of serious competition at the top of the ticket […]

Spending On Healthcare Is Still Rising, But More Slowly, Report Finds

Spending On Healthcare Is Still Rising, But More Slowly, Report Finds

WASHINGTON (MCT) –National spending on healthcare will continue to surge in coming years, but at a slower rate than the previous two decades, according to new government analysis of the nation’s $3 trillion healthcare tab. The report suggests that changes underway in medical care and insurance coverage may help rein in America’s notoriously high-cost system, […]

Republicans Appear In Position To Take Senate Control

Republicans Appear In Position To Take Senate Control

Voters hate Washington, and they’ll get their chance to shake things up in November’s midterm elections. At stake this fall are 36 of the Senate’s 100 seats, all 435 House seats and 36 governorships.

State Budgeting With An Eye On Results

State Budgeting With An Eye On Results

Performance-based budgeting,” buzzwords for states making spending decisions based on specific benchmarks, gained traction in the 1990s, then fell out of favor during the budget-cutting era of the 2007-09 recession. Now the strategy is making a comeback — with mixed results so far.

California High School Drops Mascot That Offended Arab-Americans

(MCT) — For 83 years, Coachella Valley High School has rallied behind a mascot with a snarling face, a hooked nose, a heavy beard and a headscarf — the Riverside County, Calif., campus’ beloved Arab. The caricature, inspired by the Middle East ambience of Coachella Valley’s desert landscape of date palms and communities named Mecca […]

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