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Conservatives to 2016 GOP field: Defy us at your own peril

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

The Republican Party's conservative wing, pumped up by House Speaker John Boehner's stepping down, is warning the 2016 presidential candidates that defying its wishes will come at their peril.

'I believe in the Bible': Trump courts Christian right

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

Donald Trump recently showed up at a gathering of Iowa conservative Christian voters with a copy of the Bible in hand.


Clerk Kim Davis switching parties to become a Republican

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

Defiant Kentucky clerk Kim Davis stood on a stage in a Washington, D.C., hotel Friday night and spread her arms triumphantly.


Next in line? McCarthy is realist with conservative appeal

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

Rep. Kevin McCarthy has risen to the upper reaches of House leadership mostly on the basis of his people skills and political smarts rather than his policy chops.


Congressman grabs drinking glass used by pope, takes sip

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

Pope Francis wasn't the only person to drink from the glass of water he used during his speech to Congress.



'Blood Moon' seen as sign of end times by some Mormons

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon Church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity.



Rubio ramping up campaign with more time in early states

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

After a summer largely spent raising money for his Republican campaign for president, Marco Rubio says he's about to start spending a whole lot more time in Iowa and the other early voting states.


GOP: Speaker Boehner to resign end of Oct.

Posted 9/25/2015 in National

In a stunning move, House Speaker John Boehner informed fellow Republicans on Friday that he would resign from Congress at the end of October, giving up his top leadership post and his seat in the House in the face of hardline conservative opposition.


House GOP may opt against shutdown over Planned Parenthood

Posted 9/25/2015 in National

House GOP leaders have summoned their divided conference for a make-or-break discussion on how to fight taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood without having the battle lead to a government shutdown next week.


Pope makes appeals to Congress, tells American nuns 'I love you'

Posted 9/25/2015 in National

Pope Francis plunged into the melting pot of New York on Thursday after reminding the country of its immigrant origins in the first papal speech before Congress.


Scalpers turn papal tickets for profit, drawing church's ire

Posted 9/25/2015 in National

The rosary beads cost $175. Sounds a bit pricey, except the Craigslist ad says they come with tickets to see Pope Francis. Same with the $10 train passes marked up to $85 in another listing.



Ky. clerk blames governor for legal woes

Posted 9/25/2015 in National

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, hauled to jail for defying a series of federal court orders and refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, filed a 40-page court document Thursday, blaming Kentucky governor Steve Beshear for all her legal woes.



Some millennials digging into news, contrary to stereotype

Posted 9/25/2015 in National

Don't believe everything you see tweeted, shared or posted about the millennial generation being uninformed.



'Lean and mean' campaigns enable GOP candidates to endure

Posted 9/24/2015 in National

As Scott Walker gave up on his 2016 presidential race this week, he implored other Republicans in the crowded field to follow his lead and drop out -- so that one could rise to challenge front-runner Donald Trump.



Pope praises US bishops' response to abuse, angering victims

Posted 9/24/2015 in National

Pope Francis praised American bishops on Wednesday for their "generous commitment" to helping victims of clergy sex abuse, drawing an angry rebuke from advocates who said the bishops acted only under the threat of hundreds of lawsuits.


Pope Francis' security faces Capitol test after parade incident

Posted 9/24/2015 in National

The massive security apparatus protecting Pope Francis on his historic, six-day trip to the United States got its first test Wednesday as a 5-year-old California girl with a T-shirt and a message about immigration for the pontiff made her way through a security barrier and onto his parade route.


Democrats poised to filibuster stopgap funding measure

Posted 9/24/2015 in National

The Senate is preparing to vote on legislation that would keep the government open beyond next Wednesday's deadline at a price Democrats are certain to reject -- stripping taxpayer money from Planned Parenthood.



Study: Presidential campaign coverage outpacing past

Posted 9/24/2015 in National

By one measure, the 2016 presidential campaign has made more news at this early stage than any of the six previous contests.



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