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  • Clinton likens GOP’s views on women to those of terrorists

    2 days, 22 hours ago

    (AP) CLEVELAND (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday drew parallels between terrorist organizations and the field of Republican candidates for president when it comes to their views on women, telling an Ohio audience her potential GOP rivals were pushing "out-of-date" ...

  • Pentagon announces plan aimed at lifting transgender ban

    1 month, 17 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday, ordering a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military ...

  • Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to speak in Las Vegas

    2 months, 19 days ago

    (AP) Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is joining a growing list of presidential candidates speaking in Las Vegas next week during a national gathering of Hispanic elected officials. Sanders will speak June 19 at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed ...

  • U.S. Rep. Dina Titus won’t run for Harry Reid’s Senate seat

    3 months, 5 days ago

    (AP) U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, widely believed to have been contemplating a bid to replace outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, announced plans to run for re-election to her House seat. Titus’ decision, announced via social media today, eliminates a potential ...

  • Las Vegas philanthropist might try to unseat Rep. Joe Heck

    4 months, 5 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — At the urging of national Democrats, Las Vegas philanthropist Susie Lee is seriously considering challenging Rep. Joe Heck in one of Congress’ last true swing districts. Democrats believe Lee could be their best shot to unseat Heck next ...

  • What’s at stake in Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

    4 months, 5 days ago

    (AP) Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples. The decision in United States v. Windsor did not address the validity ...

  • Democrat Lucy Flores seeking Cresent Hardy’s seat in Congress

    4 months, 10 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Lucy Flores, a former Nevada assemblywoman and candidate for lieutenant governor, is running for a seat in Congress, she announced today. “Hardworking people deserve an opportunity to get ahead,” Flores said in a news release announcing her candidacy. ...

  • Hillary Clinton makes her 2016 presidential bid official

    4 months, 20 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton jumped back into presidential politics on Sunday, announcing her much-awaited second campaign for the White House. "Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion," she said. As she did in 2007, ...

  • Voter petitions on recreational pot, gun checks passed to Assembly

    5 months, 24 days ago

    (AP) CARSON CITY — Voter petitions that would allow recreational marijuana use and expand background checks on gun purchases cleared the Assembly Judiciary Committee without recommendation today. Committee Chairman Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, said the petitions will be moved to the full ...

  • These are the D.C. pros who fight for Nevada

    6 months, 8 days ago

    (AP) ↪ Some of Las Vegas’ most influential players don’t have offices in the Capitol or answer to constituents. They’re lobbyists, political strategists and former lawmakers — players in a $3 billion industry trying to win over lawmakers for a cause. ...

  • Petition drive to get stadium funding initiative on ballot falls short

    7 months, 1 day ago

    (AP) An initiative to put the issue of public funding for a $200 million downtown soccer stadium on the June ballot failed to get enough signatures to qualify, the Clark County Elections Department announced today. But hope still remains for petition ...

  • Lew slams door on efforts to lower top individual tax rate

    7 months, 10 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew dismissed efforts in Congress to overhaul the nation's tax laws by lowering the top income tax rate paid by individuals, saying Wednesday that Democrats and Republicans are too far apart to forge such a ...

  • U.S., Cuba spar over migration policy at historic Havana talks

    7 months, 10 days ago

    (AP) HAVANA — The United States said Wednesday it dispatched additional ships to the Florida Straits to halt Cuban rafters but rebuffed demands for broader changes to U.S. migration rules that dominated the first day of talks between Cuban officials and ...

  • Gay marriage: High court sets stage for historic ruling

    7 months, 16 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution. The justices will take up gay-rights cases that ...

  • Obama to focus on cybersecurity issues next week

    7 months, 22 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Continuing the break with State of the Union tradition, President Barack Obama will spend most of the coming week previewing more of the proposals he will outline in the address, including on identity theft, electronic privacy and cybersecurity, ...

  • Will Clinton run? She needs to decide in 2015

    8 months, 3 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — A still undeclared candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton sits atop the prospective field of Democratic presidential candidates for 2016. But as Clinton has said before, if she runs again, she'll work as hard as any underdog. Clinton's 2008 presidential ...

  • Vermont senator to decide on presidential run by March

    8 months, 6 days ago

    (AP) BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he'll seek the Democratic nomination. Either way, Sanders says he wouldn't run just to nudge the ...

  • Senate passes bipartisan package of Nevada land bills

    8 months, 19 days ago

    (AP) [{"text":"Jobs and growth: Why lands bills could mean plenty for Las Vegans","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/dec/09/jobs-and-growth-why-lands-bills-could-mean-plenty-/"}] After more than five years of wrangling, the U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan package of land bills to spur Nevada's economic development while extending protection to some ...

  • CIA chief challenges Senate torture report

    8 months, 22 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — CIA Director John Brennan, responding to the Senate torture report, acknowledged Thursday in a rare televised news conference that "abhorrent" tactics were used on terror detainees and said it was "unknown and unknowable" whether the harsh treatment yielded ...

  • Strip club wants court to reconsider ruling on dancers

    9 months, 8 days ago

    (AP) CARSON CITY — The Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club is asking the Nevada Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that dancers are club employees, not independent contractors, and therefore due minimum wage. If the ruling stands, it could cost the club millions ...

  • Obama to delay immigration action

    11 months, 28 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Abandoning his pledge to act by the end of summer, President Barack Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November congressional elections, White House officials said. The move is certain to infuriate ...

  • Israel PM says expansion of Gaza assault possible

    1 year, 1 month ago

    (AP) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday in a ground offensive that officials said could last up to two weeks as the prime minister ordered the military to prepare for a "significantly" wider campaign. ...

  • Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

    1 year, 1 month ago

    (AP) [{"text":"World leaders calls for Ukraine cease-fire after crash","url":"http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/jul/18/world-leaders-calls-ukraine-cease-fire-after-crash/"}] WASHINGTON — The United States began building a case Friday that would pin the blame for the downing of the passenger jet over Ukraine on separatist forces supported by Russia, in a ...

  • Congress passes bill to help retrain workers

    1 year, 2 months ago

    (AP) Congress approved a bill today to modernize workforce development programs, which in Nevada help train job-seekers for new industries and provide educational opportunities for workers. Congress last addressed workforce programs 16 years ago, so lawmakers praised the new legislation for ...

  • Supreme Court has 17 cases to decide by June’s end

    1 year, 2 months ago

    (AP) It's crunch time at the Supreme Court, where the justices are racing to issue opinions in 17 cases over the next two weeks. The religious rights of corporations, the speech rights of abortion protesters and the privacy rights of people ...

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