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  • Bids to shorten prison terms get bipartisan support (and opposition)

    Bids to shorten prison terms get bipartisan support (and opposition)
    WASHINGTON — For decades the Republican Party prided itself for being tough on crime, often putting Democrats on the defensive by pushing for longer, mandatory sentences for convicts.
  • E-cigarette firms targeting young people, lawmakers say

    E-cigarette firms targeting young people, lawmakers say
    WASHINGTON — E-cigarette companies are preying on young consumers by using candy flavors, social media ads and free samples at rock concerts, according to a report released Monday by Democratic legislators. A survey of nine electronic-cigarette...

    Is Obamacare too big to fail?

     Is Obamacare too big to fail?
    When Obamacare's first open-enrollment period ended last week, the tally was impressive: 7.1 million Americans signed up for insurance on federal and state exchanges by the March 31 deadline, several million more signed up for Medicaid and a whole lot...

    Obama, lampooning GOP, calls for hike in minimum wage

    WASHINGTON — President Obama said Wednesday that Republicans were "not necessarily coldhearted" in their policies but then devoted much of his speech at the University of Michigan to lampooning GOP opposition to his views on economic issues,...

    Obama to call for higher minimum wage on trip to Michigan, Illinois

    Obama to call for higher minimum wage on trip to Michigan, Illinois
    WASHINGTON — President Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage may not be popular with Republicans in Congress, but he’s betting it will be with his real target, the Democratic voters he hopes to turn out in the...