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The 2016 Democratic convention will be in one of these three cities

The Democratic National Committee on Monday winnowed its list of potential 2016 convention sites from five cities to three: Columbus, Ohio; New York and Philadelphia were selected as the finalists.

“We are fortunate to have such a diverse and vibrant group of cities interested in hosting this special event," DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement.

The DNC dropped Birmingham, Ala., and Phoenix from its list of possible cities. A final decision is expected early next year. 

In July, the Republican National Committee selected Cleveland to host its 2016 presidential convention.

If Democrats select Columbus as their host city, it will be the first time since 1972 that a single state has held both the Democratic and Republican conventions. That year, both were held in Miami Beach, Fla.

As part of its pitch to the RNC, Cleveland's host committee initially pledged about $25 million to host the GOP convention. Through public-private partnerships, Cleveland plans to raise...

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Would ethanol help the environment? Obama administration can't decide

As President Obama looks to take legacy-defining actions while facing a hostile Congress, one of his more challenging decisions involves what goes into the fuel tanks of America’s cars.

For months, the administration has dismayed innovators and environmentalists with its skepticism of requirements that gasoline contain escalating amounts of  ethanol. The untidy politics of ethanol -- an additive that has done a great deal to bolster the corn industry but has fallen short in delivering marketplace innovations -- have bedeviled the Environmental Protection Agency and put Obama at odds with longtime allies on the left.

But while the administration keeps talking about rolling back requirements that millions of gallons of ethanol be blended into the nation’s gasoline supply, it also keeps not taking action.

On Friday, it delayed making any decision until next year.

The November election may have had something to do with that. The Republicans who now control both the Senate and House have...

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Latino voters strongly support Obama immigration action, poll finds

President Obama's decisions on immigration last week have angered Republicans, but have drawn strong support from a key audience, Latino voters, according to a new survey.

Roughly nine in 10 Latino registered voters said they supported Obama's move to shield parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents from deportation, according to the survey by Latino Decisions, a polling firm that specializes in Latino voters.

The support cut across demographic categories, with English speakers and Spanish speakers, Mexican and non-Mexican immigrants and Democratic and Republican Latinos saying they supported Obama's actions, the poll said.

"This is the highest and the most unified we have ever found Latino public opinion,” said pollster Matt A. Barreto, who conducted the survey.

About two-thirds of the registered voters surveyed said they blamed Republicans for Congress' inability to pass immigration legislation over the past two years. About one in four said they primarily blamed Obama and...

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Marion Barry dies at 78: 'I may not be perfect, but I'm perfect for Washington'

At Marion Barry's turkey giveaway two years ago in southeast Washington, D.C., a holiday controversy came to the forefront. 

Who was paying for the 2,000-plus turkeys Barry was doling out to his constituents in Ward 8? 

"I'm not ever telling," Barry told the Washington City Paper at the time, before then noting that only "liberal white folks" care about who pays for his turkey giveaway. 

It was typical Barry, who held his elected offices as city councilman and mayor with flair. He was bold, punchy, controversial. Barry died Sunday at United Medical Center due to undisclosed health issues. He was 78. 

Barry first served as city councilman of Ward 8 -- among the most poverty-stricken areas of Washington -- for a brief stint during the 1970s. While representing the area in 1977, he was shot inches from his heart when defectors from the Nation of Islam stormed several city buildings and held dozens of hostages for almost 48 hours. 

The near-death experience won him praise as a hero by some...

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Obama's Nevada immigration speech may be early boost for Harry Reid

At the behest of some Senate Democrats worried about the political fallout, President Obama held off earlier this year from announcing his new immigration policy.

But as he rallied Nevada supporters around a plan to spare more than 4 million immigrants from deportation, some could not help but wonder whether an earlier announcement might have boosted Democrats' chances in this month's midterm election, when the party lost the Senate majority and seats in the House.

On Friday, the proposal looked certain to boost at least one prominent Democrat: Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

Reid will lose the title of Senate majority leader when Republicans assume control of the chamber in January, but hopes to take it right back after 2016. To do so, he has to win a new six-year term of his own. And many on hand at Del Sol High School said that Obama's immigration speech was the kickoff event for Reid's reelection bid.

Reid flew to Nevada on Air Force One with the president, who later introduced him to the...

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Now in the spotlight, Astrid Silva vows to keep fighting for reform

Astrid Silva had no idea that President Obama was planning to mention her in a prime-time address announcing actions he planned to take on immigration. She found out when the rest of the nation did, as she watched with other immigration reform advocates at a party in Las Vegas.

"I was taken off my seat like everybody else in our room," she said. "It was something I've never felt before."

In the hours since, it's been a whirlwind of calls from friends and family, and, yes, endless media interview requests. She also received an invitation to introduce the president when he spoke at a Las Vegas high school.

Her one regret: In all the chaos, her phone battery died and she couldn't take pictures of the experience of meeting Obama in person.

Silva was largely unfazed by the new attention though.

"I was just the person he chose to do this. But there are so many people that this represents," she said. "I'm not the only one. There's 11 million of us in the country. We just want to stay with our...

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