National Politics

Politics McConnell endorses Paul's bid for a 2016 presidential caucus McConnell endorses Paul's bid for a 2016 presidential caucus
Faced with the task of preserving a GOP Senate majority in 2016, Sen. Mitch McConnell gave his blessing Tuesday for an election calendar that would let fellow Republican Rand Paul run for president and re-election to the Senate at the same time.
Politics Christie proposes pension overhaul, cuts after court ruling Christie proposes pension overhaul, cuts after court ruling
Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday proposed a massive restructuring of the public employees' pension system as he presented a state budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year that does not address a judge's ruling calling on New Jersey to put an additional $1.57 billion into the system in the current fiscal year.
Politics Labor chief: Unions to push on wages in 2016 campaign Labor chief: Unions to push on wages in 2016 campaign
Politicians of all ideologies have failed American workers in an era of rising corporate profits and declining wages, the nation's top labor leader said Monday, vowing to pressure candidates running for president in 2016 to address the issue.
Politics Comparisons to brother 'interesting challenge' for Jeb Bush Comparisons to brother 'interesting challenge' for Jeb Bush
At a meeting of Republican donors who helped pay for 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign, one wanted to know: How does the former Florida governor plan to distinguish himself from his brother, former President George W. Bush?
Politics Testing based on Common Core standards starts this week Testing based on Common Core standards starts this week
Sixth-grader Kayla Hunter considers herself pretty tech savvy. She has a computer at home unlike about half her classmates at her elementary school. And it matches up well with the one she'll use this week to take a new test linked to the Common Core standards.
Politics Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations
The states, among the poorest in the country, are the only ones that refuse to exempt school children from mandatory vaccinations based on their parents' personal or religious beliefs. Separate efforts to significantly loosen those rules died in both states' legislatures last week.
Politics With emails, Bush opens window to time as Florida governor With emails, Bush opens window to time as Florida governor
Jeb Bush released a trove of emails from his time as Florida's governor on Tuesday, a massive yet incomplete record selected to show the likely Republican presidential candidate as in touch with constituents and closely involved in his work as the state's chief executive.
Politics GOP governors with 2016 aspirations love to bash Washington GOP governors with 2016 aspirations love to bash Washington
As they begin to shape their prospective bids for president, a group of ambitious Republican governors is eager to seize on voters' contempt for that most dirty of political words: "Washington."
Politics Vaccine debate tests first-time White House hopefuls Vaccine debate tests first-time White House hopefuls
For a pair of first-time presidential hopefuls, the sudden injection of the childhood vaccine debate into the 2016 campaign is a lesson in how unexpected issues can become stumbling blocks. Long-held positions can look different under the glare of the national spotlight.