Partisan gridlock robs senators of feel-good laws

| |Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014

Senate gridlock is making it hard for senators to claim legislative achievements as they run for re-election.

US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal

| |Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014

The Obama administration's chief nuclear negotiator refused Tuesday to provide a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. She vowed to consult with Congress before suspending more economic sanctions on Tehran, but said the administration won't necessarily seek lawmakers' approval.

Governor hopefuls meet in black business forum

| |Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014

Rhode Island's gubernatorial hopefuls offered their views on immigrant children, racial disparities in employment and the state's new voter identification law at a forum Tuesday night sponsored by an association of minority-owned businesses.

Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk

| |Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014

The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at a higher risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional investigators say.

Dems have money edge in key Minnesota races

| |Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014

Minnesota Democrats enjoy campaign cash advantages in all races for statewide office as the party seeks to keep its current grip on state government power.

Doctors' PAC helps Roberts in Kansas Senate race

| |Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is getting help in his Republican primary race from a political action committee representing tea party challenger Milton Wolf's fellow radiologists, and the group's director said Tuesday that it would be "hard to rally around" Wolf because of his past postings of graphic X-ray images on Facebook.

Kobach raises more than both foes in Kansas race

|Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has raised more money for his re-election campaign this year than his two opponents combined.

Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

| |Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014

In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races.

Ex-NY councilman quickly convicted in bribery plot

| |Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014

A jury took only about 90 minutes Tuesday to convict former New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran of bribery charges in a scheme to buy a spot on the mayoral ballot for state Sen. Malcolm Smith.

Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment

| |Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014

House Democrats are cashing in on chatter that Republicans are plotting to impeach President Barack Obama, raising $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said Tuesday. Republicans insisted such talk was bogus.