UPDATE: Democrats Reach A Compromise On Superdelegates

(AP) — The role of superdelegates could be significantly reduced in future Democratic presidential primaries under a compromise deal struck at the Democratic National Convention rules committee Saturday.  Efforts by Bernie Sanders supporters to pass amendments eliminating or limiting the power of superdelegates failed to win approval at the committee meeting in Philadelphia. But campaigns […]

How Sympathetic Whites Are Helping To Fuel Racial Change

(AP) — After sitting in silence, some white Americans say they’re being spurred to action by the fatal shootings of black men by officers in Minnesota and Louisiana.  Robert Milesnick, an Oregon lawyer, says he’s supporting local political candidates who promise to address racial profiling in policing. In a Cleveland suburb, Lisa Vahey says she […]

AP Poll: Support Grows Among Americans For Stricter Gun Laws

A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows Americans increasingly favor making gun laws tougher by margins that have grown wider after a steady drumbeat of shootings in recent months. But it also shows pessimism that change will happen anytime soon. Nearly two-thirds of respondents expressed support for stricter laws, with majorities favoring nationwide bans on the […]

Excessive Heat Warning Issued As Democratic Convention Nears

(AP) — It’s extra sunny in Philadelphia, just in time for the Democratic National Convention.  Officials are warning residents and visitors to take precautions as hot and humid weather settles over the city. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning through Monday, the first day of the convention. Meteorologists warned the heat index […]

Hacked Emails Show Democratic Party Hostility To Sanders

(AP) — More than 19,000 emails from Democratic party officials have been leaked in advance of Hillary Clinton’s nomination next week at the Philadelphia convention.  The emails detail the acrimonious split between the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s former primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders. Emails posted by Wikileaks on its document disclosure website show DNC […]

Clinton Introduces Running Mate As Progressive Who Gets Things Done

(AP) — Hillary Clinton introduced running mate Tim Kaine as “a progressive who likes to get things done.”  Clinton joined the Virginia senator at an event in the crucial battleground state of Florida to help kick off next week’s Democratic National Convention.  Clinton said Kaine cares more about making a difference than making headlines, “everything […]

Arrest Made In Ohio College Student’s Disappearance

(AP) – Investigators looking into the disappearance of an Ohio college student whose bicycle was found in a cornfield this week have arrested a man on an abduction charge. Fulton County Sheriff Roy Miller says the arrest Friday of 57-year-old James Worley, of Delta, is related to the disappearance of the University of Toledo student. […]

Obama Vetoes Bill To Cap Ex-Presidents’ Expense Accounts

(AP) – President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill that would cap the taxpayer-funded expense accounts of former presidents. Obama says he supports the bill’s goal, but sent the measure back to Congress because it would immediately end salaries and benefits to staffers carrying out the official duties of former presidents. He says the measure […]

Virginia Court Strikes Down Order Giving Felons Voting Right

(AP) – Virginia’s highest court has struck down Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order restoring voting rights to more than 206,000 felons. The Supreme Court of Virginia issued the ruling declaring the order unconstitutional late Friday afternoon. In a 4-3 decision, the court says McAuliffe overstepped his clemency powers. The executive order, issued in April, restored […]

Baker Wants US Supreme Court To Hear Gay Wedding Cake Case

(AP) – A suburban Denver baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case after a lower court ruled he must provide the service despite his Christian beliefs. The Denver Post reports (http://goo.gl/ai9Cfh ) attorneys for Jack Phillips filed the petition Friday. The […]