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  • Live updates: Republican debate underway

    Live updates: Republican debate underway

    More from Trail Guide Feb. 5 Democratic debate draws little interest from viewers Feb. 4 Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders sparred in New Hampshire debate Feb. 3 Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton participate in New Hampshire town hall Feb. 2 With the Iowa caucus results in, Hillary Clinton is belatedly...

  • Obama is proposing a $10-a-barrel oil tax, but GOP says it's 'dead on arrival'

    Obama is proposing a $10-a-barrel oil tax, but GOP says it's 'dead on arrival'

    President Obama is proposing a $10-a-barrel oil tax meant to discourage oil consumption, just one example in his final budget proposal that describes a vision of government he likely will never be able to enact. Even before the proposals are rolled out Tuesday, Republicans who control Congress...

  • Democratic debate draws little interest from viewers

    Democratic debate draws little interest from viewers

    More from Trail Guide Feb. 6 Live updates: Republican debate underway Feb. 4 Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders sparred in New Hampshire debate Feb. 3 Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton participate in New Hampshire town hall Feb. 2 With the Iowa caucus results in, Hillary Clinton is belatedly declared...

  • Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders sparred in New Hampshire debate

    Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders sparred in New Hampshire debate

    More from Trail Guide Feb. 5 Democratic debate draws little interest from viewers Feb. 3 Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton participate in New Hampshire town hall Feb. 2 With the Iowa caucus results in, Hillary Clinton is belatedly declared the winner Feb. 1 Iowa caucus results: Clinton and Sanders...

  • Sanders and Clinton clash in debate on foreign policy and progressivism

    Sanders and Clinton clash in debate on foreign policy and progressivism

    A long-simmering battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders burst into public view Thursday, as the former secretary of State denounced her rival for what she said was a campaign of “innuendo” and “insinuation” amid a continuing fight over each other’s progressive credentials. The first...

  • Celebrity donors pour money into this open California congressional seat

    Celebrity donors pour money into this open California congressional seat

    What do Christopher Lloyd, the director of “Ghostbusters,” one of the nation’s largest coal companies, James Cameron and a political action committee representing the nation’s dentists have in common? They all have opened their wallets to influence what is shaping up to be the hottest open-seat...

  • Bipartisan, for a moment: When prayer prevails over politics

    Bipartisan, for a moment: When prayer prevails over politics

    Rep. Juan Vargas was on the dais at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning as President Obama addressed what has become a must-attend event for many politicians. For the San Diego Democrat, though, it's so much more. The former Jesuit missionary has barely missed the weekly prayer meetings...

  • Latinos attended Iowa's caucuses in record numbers, group says

    Latinos attended Iowa's caucuses in record numbers, group says

    The nation's growing Latino electorate long has been described as a “sleeping giant,” with lots of potential to impact elections, but a bad track record of turning out to vote. In Iowa this week, it appears the giant woke up.  As part of a record turnout of voters in Iowa's presidential caucuses...

  • Why young feminists are choosing Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton

    Why young feminists are choosing Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton

    It was not so long ago that Hillary Clinton was relishing her status as an icon among young feminists, who cheered her resilience to political attack, her use of her stardom to advance the cause of women worldwide, even her trademark pantsuits. But now, when Clinton needs that support the most,...

  • Who's a real progressive? Sanders and Clinton make their cases at New Hampshire town hall

    Who's a real progressive? Sanders and Clinton make their cases at New Hampshire town hall

    Eager to regain lost ground with voters here, Hillary Clinton pivoted off stepped-up attacks on her record by rival Bernie Sanders into a forceful defense of her progressive credentials. Clinton’s push to define her record on her own terms, and to persuade voters she has done substantially more...

  • Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton participate in New Hampshire town hall

    Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton participate in New Hampshire town hall

    More from Trail Guide Feb. 4 Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders sparred in New Hampshire debate Feb. 2 With the Iowa caucus results in, Hillary Clinton is belatedly declared the winner Feb. 1 Iowa caucus results: Clinton and Sanders too close to call; Cruz bests Trump Jan. 31 Donald Trump: I'd consider...

  • Gov. Brown gives cities more time to restrict or ban pot farms

    Gov. Brown gives cities more time to restrict or ban pot farms

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday gave cities and counties more time to develop local regulations on the commercial growing of medical marijuana, amid concern that a March 1 deadline had many rushing to ban cultivation. Last year, Brown signed into law a system that will regulate, license and tax those...

  • 'We can't be bystanders to bigotry': Obama visits American mosque

    'We can't be bystanders to bigotry': Obama visits American mosque

    First came an honor guard of Muslim Boy Scouts proudly carrying a U.S. flag. Then a rousing Pledge of Allegiance from hundreds of Muslim Americans. Then an introduction from a Muslim college student, wearing a hijab over her head, who wants to be a doctor. The symbolism was unmistakable Wednesday...

  • Republican Rand Paul drops out of presidential race

    Republican Rand Paul drops out of presidential race

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), whose libertarian message was once seen as a powerful match for voter unrest, is dropping out of the presidential race, his spokesman confirmed Wednesday. Paul built a grass-roots base stemming from the legacy of his father, former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, but failed to gain...

  • Marco Rubio's Goldilocks strategy

    Marco Rubio's Goldilocks strategy

    This should be Marco Rubio's moment. The Florida senator achieved an impressive third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, behind Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Third place may not sound like much, but Rubio outperformed his poll numbers handily and finished only a hair behind Trump. That was enough...

  • Quake early warning system gets $3.6 million, but it's still a long way from goal

    Quake early warning system gets $3.6 million, but it's still a long way from goal

    With officials still struggling to find money to create an earthquake early warning system for the West Coast, a private foundation, Intel Corp. and an arm of Amazon.com Inc. said they will pitch in money or other support, officials said at a White House summit Tuesday. But there’s still not enough...

  • Essential Politics: New Hampshire voters get chance to question Clinton, Sanders

    Essential Politics: New Hampshire voters get chance to question Clinton, Sanders

    I’m Christina Bellantoni, and this is Essential Politics. In a new, officially two-person race, the Democrats who want to be president will answer questions from New Hampshire voters Wednesday night. There has been little rest for the candidates since they left Iowa, and little celebration for...

  • Rubio enjoys a moment in the sun -- now the hard part starts

    Rubio enjoys a moment in the sun -- now the hard part starts

    In the nine months in which he has run for president, Marco Rubio’s ambitions have been confounded by contradictions. He is the self-styled candidate of the future many of whose policy prescriptions draw from the 1950s. He is the candidate of sunny aspirations in a race that has glowered with anger....

  • As Democratic race hits New Hampshire, it's Bernie Sanders who holds the cards

    As Democratic race hits New Hampshire, it's Bernie Sanders who holds the cards

    As Bernie Sanders rolled into New Hampshire on Tuesday, he found himself playing a role that is new to his campaign: that of the juggernaut. The opportunity to take up the part may be fleeting for Sanders, the democratic socialist, independent senator from Vermont and Hillary Clinton's rival for...

  • Trump's Iowa loss reveals campaign vulnerabilities

    Trump's Iowa loss reveals campaign vulnerabilities

    Bruce Goacher was an avid supporter of Donald Trump a couple of months ago, but the Davenport tow-truck driver now wavers on whether the high-drama billionaire is "presidential material." "It just seems like it gets old fast," said Goacher, who still prefers Trump to his rivals, but was too busy...

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