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"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book."

—Ronald Wilson Reagan (b. 1911) 40th US President, Republican


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Scary Times For California Farmers As Snowpack Hits Record Lows  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:28:00 -0400
Much of the state depends on that snow for its water. In the Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region, that means another year of fallowed fields and emergency water measures. 
Patton Oswalt Tweets In Defense Of Comedy — And Trevor Noah  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:26:27 -0400
South African comedian Trevor Noah has been criticized for some tweets that critics say are sexist and anti-Semitic. Among his supporters is Oswalt, who took to Twitter to make his point. 
Indiana Law: Sorting Fact From Fiction From Politics  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:36:00 -0400
The culture wars are always percolating beneath the surface in presidential politics. And as is often the case in controversies, the facts have become muddled and conflated. 
Ark. Governor Considering Whether He'll Sign 'Religious Freedom' Bill  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:30:00 -0400
Lawmakers passed the bill Tuesday. A similar Indiana measure sparked a backlash. Critics say it allows businesses to refuse services to gays and lesbians. Supporters say it bolsters religious freedom. 
Musician Joni Mitchell Is 'Awake And In Good Spirits' In Intensive Care  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:06:00 -0400
After being found unconscious in her home Tuesday afternoon, folk music icon Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized in Los Angeles. 
The Opposite Of The Dean's List  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:01:00 -0400
The Education Department says it's keeping a close eye on 556 colleges and universities that do a poor job of complying with federal regulations and handling federal financial aid. 
Engineer Turned Cabbie Helps New Refugees Find Their Way  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:55:00 -0400
Omar Shekhey left engineering to start a nonprofit that helps refugees navigate their new lives near Atlanta. He also drives a cab — and often gives the money to families to help them settle in. 
Tobacco Firm Seeks Softer Warning For Cigarette Alternative  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:53:00 -0400
The product is called snus — a tiny bag of tobacco that users slip between the lip and gum. A Swedish maker claims the product is safer than cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco. 
Closing Arguments To Begin Monday In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:32:55 -0400
The defense rested its case Tuesday in the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Because of holidays and judicial housekeeping duties, the trial won't resume until next week. 
Federal Judge Says South Dakota Officials Violated Native American Families' Rights  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:26:00 -0400
Two of the state's largest tribes win class action lawsuit alleging that the state routinely put their children in foster care without due process 
Obama's Diplomatic Gamble On Iran Adding Instability In Middle East  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:41:00 -0400
Limited though it may be, analysts say the administration's negotiation with Iran has shaken traditional allies and left both friends and enemies uncertain about what it will do next in the region. 
Supreme Court Deals Medicaid Blow To Doctors And Health Companies  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:38:00 -0400
The court ruled Tuesday that private Medicaid providers cannot sue to force states to raise reimbursement rates in the face of rising medical costs. 
Activists Stop Paying Their Student Loans  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:36:00 -0400
Students who say their for-profit college degrees are worthless took their "debt strike" to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday. 
Defense Rests Case In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:23:24 -0400
The defense rested its case Tuesday in the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The trial will continue Monday with closing arguments. 
Watchdog Groups File Complaints Against Likely Candidates  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:55:00 -0400
Two liberal groups say some politicians have crossed the legal line that defines a candidacy in campaign finance law, even though they haven't declared anything yet.