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Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

| |Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.

Judge: Sanfords to mediate over divorce issues

| |Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford and his ex-wife Jenny have agreed to mediate parenting issues and other concerns in their contentious divorce, a South Carolina family court judge said Monday.

Sanford divorce hearing postponed

| |Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

The family court hearing for Mark and Jenny Sanford that was scheduled for 9:30 Monday morning has been postponed, according to an attorney on the case.

Congress, state leaders pledge to tackle labor tax-law dodge

| |Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

Key lawmakers in Washington have pledged to look further into a McClatchy report on companies with federal contracts that defied labor laws in order to avoid their tax obligations.

MORNING BUZZ: Sanford's Facebooking, Harrell's fallout, 2016 hopefuls' SC visits

| Monday, Sep. 15, 2014

Sanford's Facebook breakup

Rep. Mark Sanford blames his ongoing divorce battle with Jenny Sanford for ending his engagement

PoliTex: What do you call a former president and his first lady?

| |Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014

Wendy Davis recognizes some familiar footwear during a book signing in Fort Worth.

Elected officials pledge to act on tax-law dodge problems

| |Friday, Sep. 12, 2014

Hearings anticipated on Capitol Hill on McClatchy’s “Contract to Cheat” series after November’s mid-term elections nationwide.

US Rep Sanford calls off engagement to 'soul mate'

| |Friday, Sep. 12, 2014

Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford said Friday that he is calling off his engagement to Maria Belen Chapur because of the ongoing contention with his ex-wife, Jenny, four years after their divorce.

Rep. Mark Sanford blames divorce battle for ending his engagement

| Friday, Sep. 12, 2014

Congressman Mark Sanford wrote on Facebook that the stress of ongoing battles in his divorce from Jenny Sanford has led to the end of engagement to Maria Belen Chapur.

"No relationship can stand forever this tension of being forced to pick between the one you love and your own son or daughter, and for this reason Belen and I have decided to call off the engagement," Sanford wrote in a 2,300-word post Friday. "Maybe there will be another chapter when waters calm with Jenny, but at this point the environment is not conducive to building anything given no one would want to be caught in the middle of what’s now happening."

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

| |Friday, Sep. 12, 2014

On the cusp of intensified airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama is using the legal grounding of the congressional authorizations President George W. Bush relied on more than a decade ago to go to war. But Obama has made no effort to ask Congress to explicitly authorize his own conflict.