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Voter ID laws target rarely occurring voter fraud

Washington ? Several states adopted new laws last year requiring that people show a photo ID when they come to vote even though the kind of election fraud that the laws are intended to stamp out is rare. Even supporters of the new laws are hard pressed to come up with large numbers of cases in ...

Obama’s likability helping keep him afloat

Denver ? People like Christine Alonzo are keeping President Barack Obama afloat and giving his political team hope that he can win re-election despite high unemployment and sour attitudes about his policies and the country’s future.Alonzo volunteered for Obama during the 2008 campaign. A few ...

Congress hits budget impasse

Washington — Just a week away from a possible government shutdown, lawmakers boxed themselves into a new budget impasse Friday.With Congress’ approval ratings already at an all-time low, a tit-for-tat over disaster aid left Republicans and Democrats — and the House and Senate — in a ...

Global leaders struggle to calm recession fears

Waashington ? Washington — The world’s economic powers struggled on Friday to get on top of a European debt crisis that is threatening to dump the global economy back into recession.Officials gathered for three days of discussion pledged to push forward to fulfill the goals of a program in ...

Calif. bill would allow minors to seek STD prevention without parental consent

Sacramento, Calif. ? Heated debate in the Republican presidential race over child vaccinations also is playing out in California as Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown considers whether to a sign a bill allowing children as young as 12 to get vaccinated against sexually transmitted diseases without ...

Obama allows states to opt out of No Child Left Behind

Nearly everyone agrees the fix needs fixing. The No Child Left Behind law that was supposed to improve American education has left schools grumbling at being labeled “failures,” state officials fuming and complaints everywhere about required testing.But President Barack Obama’s response ...

Hospital drug shortages deadly, costly

Trenton, N.J. ? A drug for dangerously high blood pressure, normally priced at $25.90 per dose, offered to hospitals for $1,200. Fifteen deaths in 15 months blamed on shortages of life-saving medications.A growing crisis in the availability of drugs for chemotherapy, infections and other ...

Dow falls 391 on worldwide fears about economy

Investors began giving in to fears Thursday that a global recession is already under way, and stock markets shuddered around the world. Selling started in Asia, picked up speed in Europe and sent Wall Street near its worst finish of the year.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 391 points and ...

IMF: World economy in ‘dangerous new phase’

Washington ? The world economy has entered a “dangerous new phase,” according to the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund. As a result, the international lending organization has sharply downgraded its economic outlook for the United States and Europe through the end of next ...

Kansas City schools lose state accreditation

Jefferson City, Mo. ? Missouri education officials revoked the accreditation of the Kansas City School District on Tuesday after it failed for several years to meet most of the state’s academic performance standards, an embarrassing blow to the beleaguered district that is also trying to find ...

Program key to passing free trade deals

Washington ? A half-century-old program that helps workers who lose their jobs to foreign trade holds the key to whether Congress may finally approve three long-delayed free trade agreements viewed by both the Obama White House and congressional Republicans as a way to invigorate the economy ...

New government fees pepper Obama deficit plan

Washington ? It’s not just millionaires who’d pay more under President Barack Obama’s latest plan to combat the deficit.Air travelers, federal workers, military retirees, wealthier Medicare beneficiaries and people taking out new mortgages are among those who would pay more than $130 ...

Obama proposal calls for the rich to pay higher taxes

Key features• $1.5 trillion in new revenue, which would include about $800 billion over 10 years from repealing the Bush-era tax rates for couples making more than $250,000. It also would place limits on deductions for wealthy filers and end certain corporate loopholes and subsidies for oil ...

Statehouse Live: Brownback health policies questioned before committee

Topeka ? Gov. Sam Brownback’s health care policies came under fire from members of his own party on Monday.State Sen. Roger Reitz, R-Manhattan, said he wasn’t impressed with Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer’s presentation on ways to reduce Medicaid expenses.And state Sen. Pete Brungardt, R-Salina, ...

Repeal our unfunded health law? No way, say GOP candidates

Washington ? It’s a massive health care entitlement with unfunded future costs over $7 trillion. Many conservatives are still upset at the way it was rammed through Congress.But when the Republican presidential candidates were asked last week asked if they would repeal the Medicare drug ...

Obama to propose $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue

Washington ? Drawing a bright line with congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama is proposing $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue as part of his long-term deficit reduction plan, according to senior administration officials.The president today will announce a proposal that includes the ...

House-Senate Health Policy Oversight Committee to start vetting Brownback decisions

Committee meetsThe House-Senate Health Policy Oversight Committee is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. today in Room 548-South in the Capitol.Topeka ? A host of controversial decisions that have been made recently by Gov. Sam Brownback will be aired before legislators today.“We need information and ...

Military society subtlety changes as gay ban comes to an end

San Diego ? Night-long celebrations will mark the final countdown to the historic end of the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay troops, and even more partying will take place once it is lifted Tuesday. But in many ways change is already here.Countless subtle acts over the past months have been ...

Struggling states in jam over road maintenance

Las Vegas ? The Hoover Dam, one of the world’s great engineering feats, is marred by roads with traffic so jammed along the Nevada-Arizona border that it tells a different story about the political will to maintain 21st century infrastructure.The road leading to the dam cannot accommodate the ...