A gay rights group is mourning the death of Republican Illinois Comptroller and former state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Judy Baar Topinka. Topinka died last week at age 70 after suffering a stroke.
Equality Illinois said in a statement that Topinka demonstrated political affiliations shouldn't be a barrier to reaching out to all citizens.
The Supreme Court is taking on a free speech case over a proposed license plate in Texas that would feature the Confederate battle flag.
The case involves the government’s ability to choose among the political messages it allows drivers to display on state-issued license plates.
Signaling his intent to win over Republican caucus voters in Iowa, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have banned the use of confining pregnant pigs in crates so small they can’t even turn around.
An Alabama man who organized dog fights where participants often bet $100,000 or more on a single deadly match was sentenced to eight years in prison, four times longer than the penalty for the crime’s most famous defendant, NFL quarterback Michael Vick.
Jeffrey Dahmer impaled the heads of dogs, frogs and cats on sticks.
David Berkowitz, known as the “Son of Sam,” poisoned his mother’s parakeet.
Sidestepping immigration hardliners, House Republican leaders are moving to make a deal with Democrats to pass a spending bill that would keep the government running past next week.
The emerging strategy follows legislation passed on Dec. 4 by the House declaring President Barack Obama's executive actions to curb deportations "null and void." That legislation wasn't enough for some conservatives, who complained that the only way to stop Obama's actions on immigration would be to forbid them in legislation that must pass if the government is to stay open.
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care law — a case that threatens subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums.
The justices said they will review a federal appeals court ruling that upheld IRS regulations that allow health-insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for consumers in all 50 states. Opponents argue that most of the subsidies are illegal.
A report from Public Citizen released on Oct. 31 shows that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is both the largest overall spender in the 2014 congressional elections among outside groups that do not disclose their contributors and the largest such spender in 28 of the 35 races in which it has gotten involved.
The study, "The Dark Side of Citizens United," shows that the chamber has gotten invovled in 16 of the 20 congressional races that have seen the most outside spending for the 2014 midterms. The chamber, according to the report, has spent an average of $908,000 per race.
With the walloping Republicans gave Democrats in the midterm elections, the GOP stands one Louisiana Senate runoff away from completely controlling Southern politics from the Carolinas to Texas. Only a handful of Democrats hold statewide office in the rest of the Old Confederacy.
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York has demanded the Justice Department and Social Security Administration launch an immediate investigation of Social Security payments to former Nazis.
Maloney called the payments a “gross misuse of taxpayer dollars.”