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  • U.S. lawmaker takes soda tax battle to Capitol Hill

    Wed Jul 30 04:15:43 2014 | Source: Reuters

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Connecticut lawmaker on Wednesday will launch the first national effort in years to tax soda drinks, the latest bid by regulators and politicians to stem rising obesity and diabetes rates by curbing the consumption of sugary drinks.

  • Obama administration kicks off bid to renew Africa trade program

    Wed Jul 30 00:51:44 2014 | Source: Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday pushed for Congress to renew a 14-year-old trade program giving African countries duty-free access to U.S. markets, warning that allowing the program to expire would disrupt trade flows between the two regions.
  • Gamesmanship on border fight

    Tue Jul 29 20:51:00 2014 | Source: The Hill

    Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid played political chess Tuesday. 
  • U.S. Senate shortens transport extension, sets up clash with House

    Wed Jul 30 00:19:29 2014 | Source: Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved an $8.1 billion extension of federal funding for transportation projects through the end of 2014, setting up a clash with the House of Representatives just days ahead of cutbacks in money for road, bridge and transit construction.

  • U.S. Senate panel backs confirmation of new ambassador to Russia

    Tue Jul 29 23:53:38 2014 | Source: Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's nominee to be the new U.S. ambassador to Russia could be on his way to Moscow in days, after U.S. senators put aside partisan differences to hold a quick vote backing his appointment on Tuesday.
  • Former Virginia governor's marriage in spotlight at corruption trial

    Tue Jul 29 23:52:51 2014 | Source: Reuters

    RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife were barely on speaking terms when they accepted $165,000 in gifts and loans from a vitamin company executive, defense attorneys said on Tuesday at the start of the pair's corruption trial.

  • Washington Dysfunction and Obama

    Tue Jul 29 08:22:24 2014 | Source: Real Clear Politics

    Ari Fleischer, RCP Changing Lanes
  • The Case for Breaking Up the States

    Tue Jul 29 08:21:44 2014 | Source: Real Clear Politics

    Michael Lind, Salon
    A ballot initiative that would support breaking California into six smaller and more coherent states is being backed by Timothy Draper, a tech investor. It’s a great idea. But why stop with California? Breaking up all of the too-large states would increase both the accountability and efficiency of the U.S. government.
  • ISIS's Black Flags Are Flying in Europe

    Tue Jul 29 08:19:36 2014 | Source: Real Clear Politics

    Nadette De Visser, The Daily Beast
    “Death to the Jews” chanted the crowd waving the black flags of the Islamic State, or ISIS as it used to be known. They were looking for new supporters for their cause, the creation of a worldwide caliphate answering to the man who now calls himself Ibrahim: a zealot too radical even for Al Qaeda who has stormed through Syria and Iraq carrying out mass executions, crucifying rivals, beheading enemies.
  • Putin's Ukraine Unreality Show

    Tue Jul 29 08:18:43 2014 | Source: Real Clear Politics

    Arkady Ostrovsky, Wall Street Journal
    On July 12 Russia's main state television channel, Channel One, interviewed a Ukrainian woman with a heart-wrenching story. The woman said she had witnessed the public execution of a 3-year-old boy, who was crucified in the crowded main square of Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine. The town had been a rebel stronghold but was retaken by the Ukrainian army a week earlier—and that's when the execution took place, the woman said.

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