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Lagging behind Clinton in 2016 bid, Sanders boosts staff, spending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is boosting the size of his campaign staff and increasing state budgets in his challenge against the frontrunner for the party’s nomination, Hillary Clinton.<p>U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pauses as he …

Government

Obamacare Sets Off Nurse Shortage As Hospital Labor Costs Rise

As the second year of medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act fattens hospital bottom lines, these facilities’ are beginning to see higher labor costs from the expense of hiring nurses to treat the influx of newly insured sick patients.<p>A window into this trend opened this week at the …

Health Care

Donald Trump vows to take on ‘corrupt’ Veterans Affairs

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a new pitch Saturday to veterans, promising them that he’ll take on the “corrupt” and "incompetent” Department of Veterans Affairs.<p>Trump told a crowd of supporters in front of the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va., that the department is mismanaged …

Bush vs. Rubio comes to Iowa

Appearing with his home-state rival and other GOP contenders, Bush says 'I know I have to get better.'<p>DES MOINES, Iowa – Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio came to the same stage for the first time since their debate showdown earlier in the week that had ended disastrously for Bush, and it was a …

Government

Here's what's holding black students back, from preschool through college

One in five black high school students in California drop out before they can graduate. That's the highest dropout rate of any race or ethnicity in the state, and much higher than the state's overall 12% dropout rate.<p>And when black students get to college in California, they are also the least …

Education

Kasich on rival candidates: 'I've about had it with these people'

<b>Westerville, Ohio (CNN) —</b> John Kasich lit into his Republican presidential opponents Tuesday, portraying a new side of a candidate who until recently has been unwilling to directly criticize others in the race.<p>"Do you know how crazy this election is?" the Ohio governor said, listing what he called …

Government

Defense secretary says US is retooling fight against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Signaling a possible escalation of U.S. military action in the Middle East, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday that the …

Middle East

US Navy sails near reefs claimed by China

BEIJING (AP) — China summoned the American ambassador to protest the U.S. Navy's sailing of a warship close to one of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea, in an act that challenged Chinese sovereignty claims.<p>China's Foreign Ministry said on its website Wednesday that Executive Vice …

What to Know About Meat and Cancer

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Nutrition

Carly Fiorina hits Hillary Clinton on economics ahead of debate

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is picking a fight with the only other woman in the presidential race, writing that Democratic policies have helped the richest in the nation and hurt the nation's middle class.<p>Fiorina, who saw a sizable bump in support after her …

Government

GOP debate No. 3: A guide to candidates on the big stage

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an angry young man who matured into an eternally mellow surgeon and politician. A Hispanic firebrand who is most at home in …

Government

Rubio may hate the Senate, but could he be the stealth front-runner?

Despite the intense media spotlight on Donald Trump and now Ben Carson, many media insiders believe Marco Rubio could still snatch away the nomination.<p>On paper, Rubio is a strong candidate: Young, charismatic, Hispanic, son of immigrants, a great communicator, and hails from the crucial state of …

Catholic bishops compromise on divisive family issues

Roman Catholic bishops have reached a compromise on divisive family issues, including whether to allow divorced members of the Church to take communion.<p>The final report from the Church's Synod called for a case-by-case approach but restated there was no foundation for same-sex marriage.<p>Pope Francis …

Christianity

White House And GOP Congressional Leaders Reach Budget Deal

Just days before the election of a new speaker of the House, lame-duck Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, made good on one last promise — that he'd try to "clear the barn" for his successor.<p>In one fell swoop, two thorny issues were crossed off the to-do list: raising the debt ceiling by next Tuesday and …

The White House

Dr. Ben Carson's prescription: Abolish Medicare

The GOP frontrunner in the latest Iowa poll would replace Medicare and Medicaid with savings accounts.<p>Republicans have fended off accusations for years that they'd gut Medicare for seniors and end the program "as we know it."<p>Not Ben Carson. The former neurosurgeon acknowledges he would abolish the …

Health Care

'Confidential' Planned Parenthood video leaked

Conservative website says it has right to make public despite temporary restraining order.<p>Complete raw footage from the Planned Parenthood videos surfaced Thursday on the conservative website Got News?, whose editor said he had gotten it from a House staffer despite lawmakers’ pledge to keep it …

Planned Parenthood

Police: Man admits to road-rage killing of New Mexico girl

Obama vetoes $612 billion defense policy bill in rebuke to GOP

President Obama vetoed a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill Wednesday in a rebuke to congressional Republicans, and insisted they send him a better version that doesn't tie his hands on some of his top priorities.<p>In an unusual veto ceremony, Obama praised the bill for ensuring the military …

Trump: I'm Surprised There's No One "More Conservative" Than Paul Ryan For Speaker

"I'm not thrilled, I'm not thrilled."<p>Donald Trump said Thursday he's not thrilled with the idea of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan being Speaker of the House and expressed shock that Republicans haven't found a more conservative candidate.<p>"I'm not thrilled, I'm not thrilled," Trump said of Ryan on the <i>John</i> …

Republicans

Obama vetoes defense spending bill in public ceremony

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Airing his frustrations with congressional Republicans during a rare public veto ceremony, President Barack Obama Thursday rejected a massive defense funding measure, saying it hampers his administration's efforts to streamline Pentagon spending.<p>Speaking in the Oval Office, Obama …

Barack Obama

Between Pot and a Hard Place: Fed Rejects Colorado Marijuana Bank

DENVER -- Colorado's attempt to create a bank to service its marijuana industry has suffered another setback by the federal government and could be facing an impossible dilemma.<p>The Federal Reserve — the guardian of the U.S. banking system — said in a court filing Wednesday that it doesn't intend to …

Cannabis

Marathon Benghazi hearing leaves Hillary Clinton largely unscathed

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton avoided major damage to her presidential campaign during a nearly 11-hour congressional hearing Thursday dominated by Republican criticism of her response to the Benghazi attacks.<p>Bitter political undercurrents festered all day during a contentious showdown that …

Government

Major drug tunnel found on US-Mexico border in California

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities seized 12 tons of marijuana and arrested 22 people after discovering one of the longest cross-border tunnels between the …

Mexico

Out of time: How Biden decided against running in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just before noon, Joe Biden's staff received a cryptic email: Come to the Rose Garden.<p>For weeks that had stretched into months, the …

Stephen Colbert

Corporate Pioneers Unite Around Climate Change

As the world awakens more every day to the urgent problem of climate change, some companies are stepping up in impressive ways to forge solutions.<p>Thirty-six of these companies have now made the ultimate commitment to this issue, pledging to transition to 100% renewable energy. The corporations – …

Climate Change

5 takeaways from Biden's not-quite-campaign

In the words of a longtime ally, it became increasingly clear that the planning was more “fantasy football than football.”<p>There was so, so much going for a Joe Biden presidential campaign — wasn’t there? His shaggy-dog “authenticity,” the tantalizing possibility of a Hillary Clinton face plant, the …

Government

Advice to Hillary Clinton: 5 pitfalls to avoid

House Benghazi hearing calls for deft footing.<p>Hillary Clinton's much-anticipated appearance before the House Benghazi Committee on Thursday poses any number of potential legal traps, all made more treacherous by the intense partisanship that has surrounded the committee's lengthy investigation.<p>To …

Government

How Ryan conquered the Freedom Caucus

A daring gambit puts him on the precipice of the speakership.<p>The House Freedom Caucus nixed John Boehner and rejected Kevin McCarthy. But by all accounts, its meeting with Paul Ryan on Wednesday — a confab key to determining the next speaker of the House — had gone pretty well.<p>At the end of the …

Freedom Caucus