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South Carolina House Speaker Suspends Himself From Office After Being Indicted

South Carolina House Speaker Suspends Himself From Office After Being Indicted

(MCT) — The speaker of South Carolina’s House of Representatives found himself in the awkward position of having to suspend himself from office Thursday, a day after he was indicted by a grand jury on campaign finance and misconduct charges. Bobby Harrell informed the clerk of the state House of his decision in a letter. […]

Senators Urge Burger King Not To Move To Lower-Tax Canada

Senators Urge Burger King Not To Move To Lower-Tax Canada

(MCT) — Five senators on Thursday urged Burger King Worldwide Inc. not to move to lower-tax Canada, accusing the company of trying to avoid paying its fair share for roads and other public services it receives in the United States. The letter, organized by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) was intended to increase pressure on Miami-based […]

5 Potential Pitfalls In Obama’s Plan To Combat The Islamic State

WASHINGTON (MCT) — President Barack Obama sounded confident about his multiple-pronged strategy to defeat the Islamic State. He said the United States would bomb the extremists whether in Iraq or Syria, train local partners to conduct the mop-up effort on the ground, expand humanitarian aid to suffering communities and work closely with allies to prevent […]

Obama Vows To Destroy Islamic State ‘Wherever They Exist’

WASHINGTON (MCT) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a broader war against the Islamic State, pledging a U.S.-led coalition to destroy the militants “wherever they exist” as he escalated U.S. involvement in an armed conflict he spent years trying to avoid. He authorized airstrikes inside Syria, though he did not detail his plans in […]

Oscar Pistorius Found Negligent In Girlfriend’s Killing But Acquitted Of Murder

(MCT) — Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympian who shot and killed his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day last year, was found “negligent” in the killing Thursday, but was acquitted of murder charges before the court recessed for the day without a final verdict. Judge Thokozile Masipa halted the proceedings before delivering a ruling on a […]

Republicans Consider Using Reconciliation Legislation If They Take The Senate

Republicans Consider Using Reconciliation Legislation If They Take The Senate

Republicans are beginning to focus on what they could accomplish through budget reconciliation next year if the GOP takes control of the Senate. They could use the filibuster-proof reconciliation process to pass budget-related measures, repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act and advance the GOP’s energy agenda.

Taxpayers And Workers Gouged By Labor-Law Dodge

Taxpayers And Workers Gouged By Labor-Law Dodge

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The largest government infusion of cash into the U.S. economy in generations, the 2009 stimulus, was riddled with a massive labor scheme that harmed workers and cheated unsuspecting American taxpayers. At the time, government regulators watched as money slipped out the door and into the hands of companies that rob state and […]

American Muslims Denounce Islamic State’s Extreme Tactics

American Muslims Denounce Islamic State’s Extreme Tactics

PITTSBURGH (MCT) — The insurgent group Islamic State has exploded into headlines in recent months, sweeping through much of Northern Iraq, capturing the ancient strategic hub of Mosul, terrorizing religious minorities, crucifying opponents and posting online videos of the beheading of captive American journalists. The attacks evolved over years of shifting militant alliances in the […]

Rothenberg Analysis: Senate GOP Gains At Least 7 Seats

Rothenberg Analysis: Senate GOP Gains At Least 7 Seats

WASHINGTON (MCT) — While the current Rothenberg Political Report ratings don’t show it, I am now expecting a substantial Republican Senate wave in November, with a net gain of at least seven seats. But I wouldn’t be shocked by a larger gain. Rothenberg Political Report ratings reflect both where a race stands and, more importantly, […]

Lameness Of Congress’ Post-Election Session Could Hinge On Results

Lameness Of Congress’ Post-Election Session Could Hinge On Results

There’s no “fiscal cliff” or global financial crisis for this year’s post-election lame-duck session, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy. Lawmakers in both parties said the election results would be crucial in deciding just how close to Christmas Congress will work.

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