National Politics

Politics Obama aims to influence 2016 debate with State of the Union Obama aims to influence 2016 debate with State of the Union
Key elements of the economic proposals President Barack Obama will outline in his State of the Union address Tuesday appear to be aimed at driving the debate in the 2016 election on income inequality and middle-class economic issues.
Politics Highlights of Obama plan to tax wealthy Highlights of Obama plan to tax wealthy
The White House says President Barack Obama will propose in his State of the Union address a plan to impose higher taxes on the wealthy and use the revenue to help middle-class families. Congress would have to agree, and lawmakers have rebuffed Obama's earlier proposals to eliminate certain tax provisions and spend the money on road and bridge repair, for example.
Politics Obama's address to pitch tax proposals to help middle class Obama's address to pitch tax proposals to help middle class
President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.
Politics Focused on winning in '16, GOP sets plan for primary debates Focused on winning in '16, GOP sets plan for primary debates
As the leading GOP prospects for the White House ramp up their national outreach, Republicans unveiled plans Friday for a primary season aimed at keeping the nominee unscathed and ready to take on the Democratic candidate heading toward Election Day.
Politics Gay marriage: High court sets stage for historic ruling Gay marriage: High court sets stage for historic ruling
Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.
Politics Clinton recruiting Obama veterans for expected 2016 campaign Clinton recruiting Obama veterans for expected 2016 campaign
As Hillary Rodham Clinton builds up her expected presidential campaign, she's recruiting veterans of President Barack Obama's two successful White House runs, signaling to supporters that she's taking steps to avoid a repeat of her failed 2008 bid.
Politics Ohio man accused of threatening to kill Boehner Ohio man accused of threatening to kill Boehner
An Ohio bartender with a history of psychiatric illness was indicted last week on a charge of threatening to murder House Speaker John Boehner, possibly by poisoning his drink, according to records made available Tuesday.
Politics Romney sparks new 2016 competition among GOP establishment Romney sparks new 2016 competition among GOP establishment
With Mitt Romney's move in the past week toward launching a third run for president, there are three high-profile Republicans from the party's mainstream suddenly competing for the same group of elite donors and staffing talent, just as the crowded 2016 presidential primary season begins.
Politics Paul Ryan is out, Mitt Romney moves closer to '16 campaign Paul Ryan is out, Mitt Romney moves closer to '16 campaign
The GOP's crowded 2016 presidential field shifted sharply Monday as Paul Ryan, the party's last vice presidential nominee, bowed out, while two-time presidential hopeful Mitt Romney marched toward his third campaign and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stepped closer to his first.