Columbiana, Alabama (CNN) – Shelby County is booming. The Birmingham suburb is lined with strip malls, subdivisions, and small factories, in what was once sleepy farmland. The population has grown fivefold since 1970 to about 200,000. Change in this bedroom community is afoot, at least on the surface.
But the federal government thinks an underlying threat of discrimination remains throughout Alabama and other parts of the country in perhaps the most hard-fought franchise in the Constitution: The right to vote.
(CNN) - Here's one way to stand out in a extremely crowded field of candidates: pick up the endorsements of two congressmen.
State senator Larry Grooms stands among 15 other South Carolina Republicans vying for the nomination to replace Tim Scott, the former GOP congressman appointed late last year to fill the U.S. Senate seat of Jim DeMint. The most prominent Republican in the race is former Gov. Mark Sanford. There are two candidates on the Democratic side.
Washington (CNN) - It's not cut or not cut - the question is what to cut.
A majority of Americans say that an approach that combines both spending cuts and some tax increases is needed to reduce the federal budget deficit, according to surveys out this week by Pew/USA Today and by Bloomberg News.
Washington (CNN) – A pro-President Barack Obama advocacy group launched its first ad campaign Friday as it tries to convince Congressional Republicans to support broader gun background checks, one of the White House’s major gun control priorities.
The ads from Organizing for Action, an independent group being run by some former Obama campaign officials, is part of a day-long effort on the guns issue. The group is sponsoring 100 events in 80 Congressional districts to generate support for the major gun control proposals being pushed by the White House. The events range from press conferences to candlelight vigils to petition drives for members of Congress.
Washington (CNN) - By now everyone knows the forced federal spending cuts trigger March 1 - a week from Friday - and will strip $85 billion from federal agencies over the next seven months.
But when exactly do they kick in?
(CNNMoney) – Despite their initial, vehement protests, a growing number of Republican governors are giving their blessing to expanding Medicaid in their states. That opens the door for millions of poor Americans to enroll in government health care coverage, beginning in 2014.
Florida Governor Rick Scott on Wednesday became the latest to warm up to the expansion, which broadens coverage to adults with incomes below 138% of the poverty line. Medicaid rules vary from state to state, but many states (including Florida) do not currently cover most childless, non-disabled and non-elderly adults.
(CNN) - Bowling alleys might not be the most common venues for political fundraisers, but they make perfect sense to Stephen Colbert, who will host an event for his sister at one on Saturday.
"We're going to raise money in a bowling alley because we're of the people," Colbert told fellow television host Jimmy Fallon on Thursday. "You know, you've got to go to a bowling alley because that's where the people are."
(CNN) - He passed on running for the White House in 2012 and it seems like Sen. John Thune may take a pass again in 2016
The two-term Republican senator from South Dakota says he has no plans to make a bid for the White House.
(CNN) – He holds a strong association with both places – Hawaii is his birthplace and winter retreat, but Chicago is his adopted home and where his children were born.
And on Wednesday, President Barack Obama said he's still not sure which location would be the home of his presidential library.
CNN: Plastic bits in sausage leads to massive recall
Packaged meat company Smithfield Packing Company is recalling some 38,000 pounds of pork sausage because it may contain small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves, the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday. The sausages were sold in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The recalled products are 1-pound packages of Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll with a use-by date of March 12, 2013. Cases containing those sausages with a case code of 78533109741 are also being recalled.
Reuters: U.S. Gulf Coast oil spillers about to face day in court
Nearly three years after a deepwater well rupture killed 11 men, sank a rig and spewed 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP and the other companies involved are scheduled to face their judge in court. The trial over the worst U.S. offshore oil spill is set to start Monday in New Orleans before a federal judge and without a jury. Few expect the case, seen lasting several months, will be decided by the judge. An eleventh-hour settlement this weekend is a possibility, but legal experts expect a resolution, at least with the U.S. Department of Justice, in the coming months.