National Politics

Politics Giffords begins 9-state tour on women, guns Giffords begins 9-state tour on women, guns
Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords on Tuesday urged women in Maine to help prevent stalkers and abusers from getting guns, part of a nine-state tour to advocate for tougher laws she says can protect domestic violence victims.
Politics Study: Voter ID laws cut turnout by blacks, young
States that toughened their voter identification laws saw steeper drops in election turnout than those that did not, with disproportionate falloffs among black and younger voters, a nonpartisan congressional study released Wednesday concluded.
Politics In Kansas Senate debate, Orman cites independence In Kansas Senate debate, Orman cites independence
Three-term GOP Sen. Pat Roberts on Wednesday insisted during a contentious debate that his stronger-than-expected independent opponent is a liberal Democrat in disguise.
Politics Ruling: No same-day registration in NC election
Same-day registration won't be allowed during early voting in North Carolina and Election Day ballots cast in the wrong precinct won't be counted this fall after the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a ruling that had set aside parts of a 2013 election law.
Politics Gay marriage decision reignites GOP debate Gay marriage decision reignites GOP debate
The Supreme Court's gay marriage decision has reignited a debate inside the GOP that many Republican leaders hoped to avoid ahead of the 2016 presidential contest.
Politics Democrats reprise pitches for reproductive rights Democrats reprise pitches for reproductive rights
When U.S. Sen. Mark Udall aired the first television ad of his re-election campaign in April, the spot did not list his accomplishments, or otherwise argue why voters should send him back to Washington for a second term. Instead, it went after his challenger, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, on his opposition to abortion rights.
Politics GOP seizes on Obama comment about his policies
President Barack Obama gave Republicans a gift of sorts by confirming their midterm election narrative that next month's balloting is a referendum on his policies. Within hours, GOP candidates across the election landscape capitalized on his words with ads tying their Democratic opponents to the unpopular president.
Politics President, health care law star in state races President, health care law star in state races
President Barack Obama is not looking to return to the U.S. Senate or the state legislature, but he's popping up in hundreds of thousands of ads for those offices, an analysis of campaign advertising released Thursday found.
Politics California becomes first state to ban plastic bags California becomes first state to ban plastic bags
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.
Politics Gov. Jerry Brown signs California gun restriction Gov. Jerry Brown signs California gun restriction
California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had signed.
Politics Clinton: Turn female economic issues into movement Clinton: Turn female economic issues into movement
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that voters need to turn pay inequity and women's economic security into a political movement in the November elections and beyond, pointing to an issue that could animate a future presidential campaign.
Politics Chris Christie growing tired of bridge inquiry Chris Christie growing tired of bridge inquiry
Gov. Chris Christie says he's growing tired of the legislative committee investigating politically motivated lane closures near the George Washington Bridge last year.