Politics

4:47pm

Thu May 28, 2015
It's All Politics

Drug Overdose, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Issue

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:01 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie participated in a roundtable discussion at the Farnum Center in Manchester, N.H. earlier this month.
Jim Cole AP

As presidential candidates visit the early caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, they're hearing about heroin and meth. Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents. And, in many places, there's a growing acceptance that this isn't just a problem for other people.

New Hampshire is in the throes of a crisis. Last year more than 300 people in the small state died of drug overdoses. Mostly opiods like oxycontin and heroin.

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9:09am

Thu May 28, 2015
It's All Politics

5 Things You Should Know About George Pataki

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 1:18 pm

Former New York Gov. George Pataki speaks during the Iowa Agriculture Summit in March.
Charlie Neibergall AP

This post has been updated to reflect that Pataki is officially running.

George Pataki announced his presidential candidacy in Exeter, N.H., on Thursday. He's the eighth official Republican entrant in the 2016 race for the White House. The field is expected to double over the next couple of months. Pataki has made numerous visits and a few friends in recent months in the Granite State, home of the first primary in 2016. Still, the mention of his name in most of the country might prompt questions of, "Who?" and possibly, "Why?"

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8:41am

Thu May 28, 2015
The Two-Way

George Pataki Announces 2016 Presidential Bid

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 5:20 pm

Former New York Gov. George Pataki, seen here speaking in Iowa recently, is announcing his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Updated at 12:33 p.m. ET

Former New York Gov. George Pataki is adding his name to the list of Republicans running for their party's 2016 presidential nomination.

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6:33am

Thu May 28, 2015
Around the Nation

Kentucky's GOP Must Unite Behind Winner In Primary For Governor

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 1:17 pm

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6:31am

Thu May 28, 2015
Around the Nation

Nebraska Lawmakers Override Veto; Abolish Death Penalty

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:41 am

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6:09am

Thu May 28, 2015
Politics

Rick Santorum Announces Another Run For GOP's Presidential Nominee

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:40 am

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5:01am

Thu May 28, 2015
It's All Politics

Are Black Voters Ready For Hillary Clinton?

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:51 am

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton speaks with Frederic Hunt, a minister at First Calvary Baptist Church, during a campaign stop Wednesday at The Main Street Bakery in Columbia, S.C.
Richard Shiro AP

Hillary Clinton will need black voters if she wants to win the Democratic nomination and the presidency next year. But African American voters were a major reason she lost the early nominating state of South Carolina to Barack Obama by nearly 30 points in 2008.

She's trying to make up for it this time around.

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5:01am

Thu May 28, 2015
Politics

The Future President Will Need To Wrestle With Debt From The Past

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 5:11 pm

While annual deficits have shrunk dramatically since the depths of the Great Recession, the federal government is still adding to its overall debt.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Our next president is likely to have some big plans for the future of the country. But he or she will also have to wrestle with some leftover bills from the past. The federal government has issued trillions of dollars in IOUs. Just the interest on that massive debt could be a serious constraint for the next president.

That's why Danette Kenne has some questions for the presidential candidates about what kind of budget they plan to present to Congress.

"Being in Iowa, one of the things we can do is ask questions," Kenne said.

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8:10pm

Wed May 27, 2015
It's All Politics

Fact Check: 3 Questions Answered About Bill Clinton's LLC

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 2:44 pm

Bill Clinton and his wife, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, are facing renewed questions about their finances.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Another day, another inquiry into the finances of Hillary and Bill Clinton.

This one starts with an Associated Press report that a limited liability company — WJC LLC — has served as a platform for the former president's career as a consultant. Revenues flow through it to the Clintons. It has never appeared in Hillary Clinton's official financial disclosures.

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6:08pm

Wed May 27, 2015
It's All Politics

Map: Where (And How) The Government Can Execute People

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 1:41 pm

Christopher Groskopf NPR

The Nebraska state Legislature voted Wednesday to repeal the death penalty in the state. The 30-19 vote overrides Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto of a law the Legislature passed last week getting rid of the policy.

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