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Not so fast? Lawmakers poised to fight Obama on Cuba ambassador pick, embargo

Declaring “this is what change looks like,” President Obama announced an agreement Wednesday to reestablish economic ties with Cuba and re-open embassies in each other’s capitals.<p>But the historic step will also touch off a new round of battles with Congress. To complete the thaw in U.S.-Cuba …

Macy's dumps Trump; New York City reviewing contracts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Macy's department store chain joined an ongoing exodus from association with Donald Trump and New Mexico's governor and New …

Donald Trump

New Mexico gov slams Trump for controversial remarks

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez denounced GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump's recent remarks about Mexican immigrants and called his comments "horrible."<p>After a news conference Wednesday on new state laws aimed at protecting abused children, the nation's only Latina governor said she strongly …

The Women’s Equality Act Will Soon Be a Reality in New York

Though it may have generated the most buzz, Governor Cuomo’s new sexual assault bill was not the only legislative gain for New York women’s rights to …

New York State

Why The 'Six Californias' Plan Would Be A Disaster

The problem with the proposal is that the divisions are not equal. The California Legislative Analyst's Office pointed out that the plan would create the state with the richest people in the country (Silicon Valley) and the state with the poorest (Central California).

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Democrats’ Plan to Create the Next Todd Akin

Demo­crats are not just hop­ing for an­oth­er Todd Akin, they’re try­ing to cre­ate one — and they think the Su­preme Court’s <i>Hobby Lobby</i> de­cision …

Nancy Pelosi Wants to Amend the Constitution to Overturn This Supreme Court Decision

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) believes restrictions on political spending would guarantee more women, minorities and young people get elected, and she is willing to amend the Constitution to get those limits.<p>House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks at the Generation …

Top GM lawyer, Delphi CEO to face Senate on deadly ignition flaw

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two more major figures in General Motors Co’s safety debacle will appear on Thursday for the first time before U.S. lawmakers investigating why it took the automaker more than 10 years to recall millions of vehicles with a deadly ignition switch flaw.<p>Michael Millikin (L), …

Federal judge rules California's death penalty unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.<p>The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney represents a legal victory for those who want to …

Hill divisions deepen on border crisis

The divide in Congress over how to address the southern border crisis intensified Wednesday as a closed-door briefing for senators did little to move lawmakers closer to a deal.<p>The Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-dominated House are heading down seemingly different tracks as they …

Watchdog report faults FBI laboratory probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI and Justice Department didn't move quickly enough to identify the cases handled by 13 FBI crime lab examiners whose work …

Despite Rhetoric, Obama Administration Pushes To Keep Thousands Of Felons In Jail Under Old Rules

The Justice Department announced major changes to the way federal drug crimes are punished this year. But the rules for existing convicts might be different — and many White House allies are angry.<p>WASHINGTON — Earlier this year, the Obama administration Justice Department announced sweeping …

House passes $20B bill cutting IRS tax enforcement

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House passed a $20 billion measure Wednesday that would slash budgets for enforcing tax laws and new financial …

California's death penalty unconstitutional

In ruling California's death penalty unconstitutional, a federal judge said Wednesday the system is so broken it unfairly leaves inmates with uncertain fates -- often for decades.<p>In his decision, Santa Ana-based Judge Cormac J. Carney vacated the 1995 death sentence of Ernest D. Jones, who …

Obama and Kerry discuss 'path forward' on Iran nuclear talks as deadline looms

US President Barack Obama has signalled he may be willing to extend the nuclear talks with Iran that, while temporarily halting Tehran's nuclear program, have not yet produced the kind of historic agreement they hoped would be possible in the short term.<p>Obama raised the prospect of extending the …

U.S. hits oil giant Rosneft, other firms with toughest Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama imposed the biggest package of U.S. economic sanctions yet on Russia on Wednesday, hitting Russia’s largest oil producer Rosneft and other energy, financial and defense firms, with what he called significant but targeted penalties.<p>Obama’s latest round …

Obama imposes new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

Russia has failed to take steps to end the Ukraine conflict, President Barack Obama said Wednesday in announcing expanded sanctions targeting two banks, two energy companies, Ukraine separatists and defense companies.<p>European Union leaders also said they intended to increase sanctions, signaling …