National Politics

Politics Obama to push minimum wage Wednesday in Conn. Obama to push minimum wage Wednesday in Conn.
Striving to show momentum on a top legislative priority, President Barack Obama is appearing next week with Northeastern governors who back his push to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and will pledge to lift the earnings of the lowest-paid workers in their states to at least the same level.
Politics Clinton advisers sought to soften her image Clinton advisers sought to soften her image
Hillary Rodham Clinton's advisers sought to "humanize" what they saw as her stern, defensive public image during her husband's White House days and as she embarked on her groundbreaking Senate campaign in New York.
Politics Obama plan aims to improve odds for minority boys Obama plan aims to improve odds for minority boys
In strong, often personal terms, President Barack Obama on Thursday called for vigorous efforts to reverse underachievement among young black and Hispanic males. He also cautioned young minority men not to repeat his own youthful mistakes in an unforgiving world.
Politics Arizona religious bill that angered gays vetoed Arizona religious bill that angered gays vetoed
Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed a Republican bill that set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination and subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders from both parties.
Politics GOP tax plan lowers rates, repeals popular breaks GOP tax plan lowers rates, repeals popular breaks
A sweeping House Republican plan to overhaul the nation's tax laws would wipe out a slew of popular tax breaks to help pay for lower overall tax rates, a politically risky move in an election year that drew quick opposition Wednesday.
Politics Holder: State AGs not obligated to defend same-sex marriage bans Holder: State AGs not obligated to defend same-sex marriage bans
State attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws in their states banning same-sex marriage if the laws discriminate in a way forbidden by the Constitution, Attorney General Eric Holder told his state counterparts Tuesday.
Politics Bill Clinton takes 2014 surrogate role, helps Dems Bill Clinton takes 2014 surrogate role, helps Dems
Bill Clinton, popular in territory unfriendly to President Barack Obama, is reprising his role as a super-surrogate for Democrats battling to keep their Senate majority and win other races. In the long run, Clinton could pick up political chits for his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, should she run for president in 2016.
Politics Governors: 'Obamacare' here to stay Governors: 'Obamacare' here to stay
The explosive politics of health care have divided the nation, but America's governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, suggest that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay.
Politics Religious freedom bill riles gay rights supporters Religious freedom bill riles gay rights supporters
The Arizona Legislature gave final approval Thursday to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays and others, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal "state-sanctioned discrimination" and an embarrassment.
Politics Governor: Colorado pot market exceeds tax hopes Governor: Colorado pot market exceeds tax hopes
Colorado's legal marijuana market is far exceeding tax expectations, according to a budget proposal released Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper that gives the first official estimate of how much the state expects to make from pot taxes.