By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUSAssociated Press
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - James Meredith is a civil-rights icon who hates the term "civil rights."
It's as if civil rights were somehow set apart from - well, rights.
"When it comes to my rights as an American citizen, and yours, I am a triumphalist and
By DAVID A. LIEBAssociated Press
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Rep. Todd Akin has backed almost $100 million in earmarks in recent years, including money for home-state military programs and local highway work. During his Republican Senate primary this summer, Akin even aired a television
By DONNA CASSATAAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has spent tens of millions of dollars on television ads to help boost Republican congressional candidates, launched an extensive effort on Monday to mobilize voters.
The pro-business lobbying group unveiled
By The Associated Press
The Supreme Court term that begins Monday holds the prospect for major rulings about affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights.
A look at cases the court already has agreed to hear and other top cases in the pipeline:
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By MARK SHERMANAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court plunged into its new term Monday with a high-stakes dispute between businesses and human rights groups over accountability for foreign atrocities. The next nine months hold the prospect for major rulings on affirmative action,
By SAMANTHA GROSSAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's 2013 mayoral race doesn't fully kick off until after voters are done picking a president. But some of the city's top political players are already jockeying for position, preparing to introduce themselves to voters
By ALLEN G. BREEDAP National Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The link between U.S. military service and running for office is as old as the republic itself. It started with George Washington, who famously wrote that, "When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen."
During the long
By JOSH LEDERMANAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney's running mate shot down the need for a breakthrough in the first presidential debate Wednesday, trying to allay Republican concerns that the race is slipping away with five weeks to go and momentum on President Barack Obama's
WASHINGTON (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says it's been a "tough couple of weeks" for Mitt Romney in his presidential campaign and there's no way to "sugarcoat" that.
But Christie says there's good news on the horizon for fellow Republicans. He says Romney is going to do "
By JULIE PACEAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - When Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2008, one of the people who reached out to the couple was newly elected President Barack Obama.
It was one of the few personal interactions between Obama and Romney.