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February 11, 2016

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  • Nevada Democrats nervously watch U.S. Supreme Court hearings

    2 months, 4 days ago

    (AP) The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on a case that could reshape Nevada’s political geography by boosting the power of rural areas at the expense of Clark County — a prospect that concerns Democrats and civil rights leaders. “It’s a ...

  • Soldier 1st woman to graduate as combat engineer

    2 months, 7 days ago

    (AP) A few days after two women became the first female soldiers to pass the Army's grueling Ranger School, a college junior in Vermont became a military pathfinder in her own right. And at first, she didn't even know it. With ...

  • Soldier 1st woman to graduate as combat engineer

    2 months, 7 days ago

    (AP) A few days after two women became the first female soldiers to pass the Army's grueling Ranger School, a college junior in Vermont became a military pathfinder in her own right. And at first, she didn't even know it. With ...

  • Pearl Harbor survivor, 92, visits Nevada for exhibit

    3 months, 26 days ago

    (AP) Seaman Second Class Charles T. Sehe was 18 years old when he was nearly killed aboard the USS Nevada in Pearl Harbor, and was still on the World War II battleship when it shelled occupied beaches for the U.S. invasions ...

  • Clinton seeking to organize Latino voters ahead of primaries

    4 months, 12 days ago

    (AP) [{"text":"The Sun's political coverage","url":"http://lasvegassun.com/news/politics/"}] NEW YORK — Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is planning a major push to organize Latino voters ahead of the Nevada caucuses and early primary contests in Texas, Florida and Colorado, all with an eye toward connecting ...

  • Justices could review nonprofits’ contraceptives objection

    4 months, 16 days ago

    (AP) Religion, birth control and President Barack Obama's health care overhaul are about to collide at the Supreme Court yet again. Faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals that oppose some or all contraception as immoral are battling the administration over rules that ...

  • Senate Dems block GOP bill that would curb late abortions

    4 months, 21 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats blocked Republican legislation Tuesday that would prohibit most late-term abortions, the second time since this summer's release of videos involving Planned Parenthood that they've derailed an abortion-related drive by the GOP. Senators voted 54-42 to move ...

  • Gay marriage fight shifts as politicians spy opportunity

    4 months, 23 days ago

    (AP) FRANKFORT, Ky. — Politicians who may have thought they wouldn't have to say much at all about gay marriage once the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized it now must answer a different question: Do you support Kim Davis? The Rowan ...

  • Rand Paul wins straw poll in Michigan

    4 months, 24 days ago

    (AP) [{"text":"Day after debate, Bush and Paul barnstorm through Nevada","url":"http://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/sep/17/day-after-debate-bush-and-paul-barnstorm-through-n/"},{"text":"Trump’s policy paper marks departure on gun control","url":"http://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/sep/19/trumps-policy-paper-marks-departure-on-gun-control/"},{"text":"The Sun's political coverage","url":"http://lasvegassun.com/news/politics/"}] Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is the favored presidential candidate among Republicans attending a major political event in Michigan. Paul got the ...

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

    5 months, 17 days 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

    7 months, 2 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

    8 months, 3 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

    8 months, 20 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

    9 months, 19 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

    9 months, 20 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

    9 months, 24 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

    10 months, 4 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

    11 months, 8 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

    11 months, 23 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

    1 year 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

    1 year 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

    1 year 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

    1 year 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

    1 year, 1 month 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

    1 year, 1 month 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 ...

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