Kirby Collett

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New breed of big-city Republicans

A decade ago, Democrats made a concerted effort to bring rural and exurban voters back into the party’s fold. Today, Republicans are struggling with the opposite problem — how to win over voters from America’s booming cities.<p>National Republicans have given remarkably little thought to how to …

Newest earmarks: Sequester fixes

Sequestration exemptions are shaping up to be Washington’s newest version of earmarks.<p>Agencies, companies and other groups are on the hunt for Capitol Hill allies with the juice to save their pet issues from the full force of the across-the-board cuts. Some have already been successful.<p>The …

Taxes: Obama budget would hit middle class

President Barack Obama rarely misses a chance to call on upper-income Americans to pay more taxes.<p>But his annual budget is doing more to target middle-class taxpayers than any of his previous proposals, calling for caps on deductions, changes in the way some tax benefits are calculated and a big …

Boston Case Casts Shadow Over Senate Immigration Hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee turned its attention back to the immigration overhaul proposal Monday, even as opponents began to use the Boston bombers' journey to the United States as a cautionary tale.<p>Transcript<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>Now, the Boston bombings and the immigrant brothers accused of …

Gun control supporters ponder path forward after Senate defeat

Although Washington’s battle over gun control ground to a sudden halt earlier this month, proponents of overhaul legislation say the fight is far from over. But while the political ground may have shifted, there is no denying the massive sway of the National Rifle Association and the perception …

With terrorism now part of debate, key Obama agenda item faces new questions

With the defeat of gun control legislation in the Senate and prospects for a grand bargain on the budget an iffy prospect at best, President Barack Obama's second-term agenda is facing an inflection point on another of his top priorities -- immigration reform.<p>The carefully choreographed, broad …

Terror takes a front seat

President Barack Obama wasn’t shy about invoking Osama bin Laden’s killing during the 2012 campaign — but when it comes to his larger approach to terrorism he’s pursued a policy of speaking softly and ordering lots of drone strikes.<p>That delicate balance was shattered by the Boston Marathon attack, …

Former top regulator backs Keystone

A former top U.S. pipeline regulator came out strongly in favor of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Monday, but he stopped short of endorsing GOP efforts to force the U.S. to approve the project, warning that Republicans shouldn’t interfere in the regulatory process.<p>“The public needs to understand the …

After Ugly Protests, France Is Ready to Legalize Gay Marriage

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>After clearing an important hurdle in the French Senate this morning, a new bill that would allowing …

The Guantanamo Tribunals Can't Continue On Like This

Stored on what was supposed to be a secure server, defense documents and emails have apparently been "corrupted" and "lost."<p>Bob Strong/Reuters<p>From Cora Currier on Thursday at ProPublica:<p>"Defense emails have ended up being provided to the prosecution, material has disappeared off the defense server, …

The president's charmless budget

President Barack Obama’s latest budget proposal makes a good predicate for a grand bargain — between the White House and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.<p>Granted, the White House envisions a higher level of debt 10 years from now than in the highly ideological document produced by the most …

Thousands Rally In Support Of Immigration Overhaul

The issue is a minefield for congressional Republicans, who face enormous consequences regardless of the outcome. Many party leaders believe legislation is critical to improving their standing with Hispanics, while many in the conservative base threaten a revolt if the resulting legislation makes …

Sen. Rand Paul Tries To Repair GOP's Image With Minorities

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky gave a speech Wednesday at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He began by posing this question to the audience at the historically black school: How did the party that elected the first black U.S. senator, the party that elected the first 20 African-American …

Where's Mitch McConnell?

Thursday’s Senate vote to move ahead with gun control legislation marked the fifth time in just two months that Democrats have won a procedural showdown by peeling off Republicans at the expense of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)<p>The 68—31 roll call was more than enough to meet the 60-vote …

Boehner on hot seat as Senate acts

The Senate has caught bipartisan fever.<p>Long mired in bitter gridlock, two groups of Democratic and Republican lawmakers have hashed out once-unthinkable bipartisan solutions on gun control and rewriting the nation’s immigration laws.<p>But the rush to bipartisanship could grind to an abrupt halt in …

Conservative Infighting Over Immigration Reform Grows

Conservative leader Holtz-Eakin dismisses expected Heritage critique as "not relevant to immigration reform in any way."<p>WASHINGTON — Conservative supporters of a comprehensive immigration reform plan are stepping up their efforts to provide Republicans with cover for a looming vote in the Senate, …

Lilly Pulitzer’s Most Iconic Photos

Flower Power<p>Fashion designer and socialite Lilly Pulitzer passed away on Sunday at age 81, leaving behind a legacy of brightly colored printed shift …

SkyArt, Fun Doodles Drawn Into Photographs of the Sky

French artist Thomas Lamadieu takes photographs and then fills in the open space of the sky with amusing drawings in a series called “SkyArt.” More …

Awesome 2013 Summer Movie Video Montage!

How Barack Obama Plans To Cut Social Security Spending By $130 Billion

President Obama released the White House budget today, and the official document gives a much better picture about what his cuts to Social Security would look like in more depth.<p>The White House plan — as a concession to House Republicans — included a shift in the way the government calculates …

A Warning to Young People: Don't Become a Teacher

Nothing I have ever done has brought me as much joy as I have received from teaching children how to write the past 14 years. Helping young writers grow and mature has been richly rewarding and I would not trade my experiences for anything.<p>That being said, if I were 18 years old and deciding how I …

Hermit caught after 27 years in Maine woods

A man who lived as a hermit for decades in a makeshift camp in the woods and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries for food and other …