Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 11:23 am
When President Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on Friday, he marked another state off his list. As president, he has now traveled to 46 of the 50 states.
Which ones are still waiting for a visit from President Obama?
Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.
Obama lost all of those states by a significant margin in 2012. They vote solidly Republican. And, it turns out, with the exception of South Carolina, they aren't popular destinations for other presidents either.
With new technology came a new type of Washington scandal: missing emails.
In the latest instance, the vanished emails belonged to Lois Lerner, former head of the exempt organizations division at IRS. She's the official who oversaw the scrutiny of applicants for tax-exempt status as 501(c)(4) social welfare groups — a process that conservatives allege was meant to block Tea Party groups.
The controversy blew up just over a year ago. Lerner was pushed out of the IRS; the House cited her for contempt of Congress.
Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:52 pm
Net neutrality has become a hot topic this summer, despite its snooze-inducing name. The principle governs that data on the Internet should be served to customers on a level playing field — at the same speeds — without priority for certain companies that might be able to pay for "fast lanes" for content.
The mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, is in Washington today for a nomination hearing. He is President Obama's choice to become the secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Ryan Loyd of Texas Public Radio in San Antonio reports on how Castro has made the move to the national stage.
Alternatives to Oklahoma's lethal injection execution method are among 93 topics House lawmakers hope to explore before the 2015 legislative session begins in February.
The 101 House members had until last week to submit requests for studies to House Speaker Jeff Hickman, who will decide by July 11 which ones to approve.
Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Mike Christian says his study into alternatives to Oklahoma's method of executing death row inmates was prompted by the botched April 29 lethal injection of Clayton Lockett.