The U.S. Justice Department official supervising an investigation of national security leaks to the news media said the government struck the right balance when it subpoenaed phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors without informing the news organization.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul opposes a national law banning same-sex marriage and federal penalties for drug offenders. He’s said there could be “thousands of exceptions” to any abortion ban. And the Kentucky Republican questions the costs of federal farm subsidies.
President Barack Obama said he is nominating Penny Pritzker, the Chicago businesswoman, philanthropist and Hyatt Hotels Corp. heiress who led record fundraising for his 2008 campaign, as secretary of commerce.
Microsoft Corp., whose employees gave more money to President Barack Obama’s re-election committee than those at any other company, was the second- largest donor to his January inauguration, contributing $2.1 million, according to new Federal Election Commission filings.
The Republican National Committee reaffirmed its view that marriage should be only between a man and a woman, as the party sought to calm members of its base concerned that a rebranding effort might go too far.
Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus has less than 19 months before his next major test, the 2014 elections, to turn around a party with a tarnished brand, skeptical consumers, revenue challenges and internal divisions.
I am the son of Taiwanese immigrants who came to the U.S. in the 1970s seeking opportunity for themselves and the chance for their children to grow up in a more prosperous society. My story is not unusual among Asian- Americans. It’s also a profile that is tailor-made for the Republican Party, which stands for enhancing opportunity. Yet Asian-Americans from my generation (and others) are finding less and less appeal in the Republican Party.
As U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions becomes the lead critic of a bill that would let undocumented immigrants win citizenship, the Republican Party in his home state of Alabama is pushing in the opposite direction.