The Senate unanimously passed legislation on April 22 to help the victims of human trafficking, ending a tortuous partisan standoff over abortion that also delayed confirmation of President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee.
The vote was 99-0 to approve the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which expands law enforcement tools to target sex traffickers and creates a new fund to help victims. The House has passed similar legislation and the White House has voiced support.
The same day that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, Bill Levin filed paperwork with the Indiana Secretary of State to open a new church — The First Church of Cannabis. His application was approved, and thanks to the state’s new religious freedom law and a flurry of publicity that brought in thousands of dollars in donations, practitioners of his faith soon should be lighting up with the same impunity as a nun saying her rosary.
New data from Public Policy Polling shows Hillary Rodham Clinton with commanding leads over the entire Republican field in New Hampshire, an early voting state in the presidential primary process.
Clinton, according to PPP, is up by 9-15 points against nine GOP contenders.
Indiana tourism agencies are rolling out campaigns emphasizing that everyone is welcome, but it might not be enough to quickly restore the state’s battered image after a backlash over its religious objections law.
An unsurprising announcement on April 10 from Hillary Rodham Clinton delighted many, regardless of party.
Republicans said good, the chief adversary has arrived.
Forced sterilization proposed in Tennessee plea deals
Prosecutors in Nashville, Tennessee, made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations at least four times in the past five years. The district attorney banned his staff from using the invasive surgery as a bargaining chip after the latest case.
Few states have shaped presidential politics like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
By hosting the nation's first presidential primaries and caucuses, the states have heaped political and financial rewards for decades on successful candidates and hastened the end for underachievers. Yet their clout may be declining in 2016.