Category Archives: public policy

West Bank settlers vote although outside of sovereign Israel

By TIA GOLDENBERG, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — When Israelis go to the polls next month, tens of thousands of Jewish settlers in the West Bank will also be casting votes, even though they do not live on what is sovereign Israeli territory. This exception in a country that doesn’t allow absentee voting for citizens living abroad is a telling reflection of Israel’s somewhat ambiguous and highly contentious claim to the territory, which has been under military occupation for almost a half century Continue reading

At CPAC, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker Seek to Survive

“I’m here to tell you, there is no us or them,” Jeb Bush said, glancing down to read his lectern notes. “The face of the Republican Party needs to be the face of every American, and we need to be the party of inclusion and acceptance.” The scene was the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference, the last time Bush appeared at the annual festival set to kick off Thursday and run through Saturday in National Harbor, Maryland. The reaction inside the cavernous ballroom was markedly underwhelming, as Bush received only a smattering of tepid applause for his big-tent party call Continue reading

Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio Move Into Top Tier of The Chase

A pair of senators have climbed into the top tier of The Chase – The Run 2016’s rolling rankings of the candidates positioned to vie for the major party’s presidential nominations.  Sanders Up, O’Malley Down  On the Democratic side, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., replaces former Maryland Gov Continue reading

Even Insured Consumers Get Hit With Unexpectedly Large Medical Bills

Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News After Pam Durocher was diagnosed with breast cancer, she searched her insurer’s website for a participating surgeon to do the reconstructive surgery. Having done her homework, she was stunned to get a $10,000 bill from the surgeon. Continue reading

Incoming Oregon governor, thrust into office, faces hurdles

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press SALEM, Ore Continue reading

Church of England appeals to voters to take part in campaign

LONDON (AP) — Bishops in the Church of England are appealing to Christians to take part in politics ahead of upcoming elections, calling for a fresh moral vision for Britain. The bishops said in a 52-page letter issued Tuesday that it is the duty of every Christian to vote May 7. Continue reading

Tighter online controls in China point to wider clampdown

By JACK CHANG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Working out of a Beijing office full of video game designers from around the world, Chinese-born Pin Wang and his startup Substantial Games should be the face of the innovative, forward-looking China that the country’s leaders say they want to build. Pin and his team are attracting investors from across China while launching online games full of swords and sorcery that they hope will dazzle global eyeballs. Continue reading

Draft U.S. rules on commercial drones keep some limits

By Alwyn Scott By Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. aviation regulator proposed rules on Sunday for commercial drone flights that would lift some restrictions but would still bar activities such as the delivery of packages and inspection of pipelines that have been eyed by companies as a potentially breakthrough use of the technology Continue reading

Subpoenas arrive as Oregon governor announces departure

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press SALEM, Ore Continue reading

Oregon governor’s resignation elevates Secretary of State Kate Brown

By TIM FOUGHT and JEFF BARNARD PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The resignation of Oregon Gov Continue reading