Government and politics

April 16, 2014 - 3:33 AM

Obama seeks inmates worthy of commutation power

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences.

Obama has directed the Justice Department to improve its clemency recommendation process and recruit more applications from convicts.

April 16, 2014 - 3:33 AM

A year after background check defeat, modest goals

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after the Senate scuttled President Barack Obama's drive for new firearms restrictions, congressional gun control supporters are significantly winnowing their 2014 legislative agenda.

That's because of a lack of Senate votes, opposition by the Republican-run House and Democratic worries about this November's elections.

April 16, 2014 - 3:33 AM

Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies

April 16, 2014 - 3:33 AM

House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donors gave more than $10 million in March to the committee tasked with electing House Democrats and helped it amass a $40 million fund to fight skepticism that Republicans can be ousted from their majority in November.