Rubio, Christie planning sleepover with the Romneys
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be hosting two rival Republican presidential contenders at a holiday sleepover Friday evening.

Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump's 'idiocy'

Vicente Mayorga, left, holds a sign next to Dominican immigrant Angela Lopez, front center, of Long Island, N.Y., as she stands with her sons Gabriel, left, and Adrian in front of Macy's Herald Square flagship store, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in New York. Lopez and Mayorga joined other immigrants and politicians in calling on corporations and businesses to boycott presidential candidate Donald Trump after his remarks about Mexican immigrants. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers.



Backlash over Wisconsin GOP plan to tighten open records law

President Barack Obama is greeted by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as he arrives on Air Force One at La Crosse Regional Airport, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in La Crosse, Wis. The president is en route to the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse where he is to speak about the economy and promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Opposition mounted Friday to a surprise Republican budget measure that would exempt from Wisconsin open records laws nearly everything created by state and local government officials, including drafts of legislation and communications with staff.



Who's John Jay? Scholars urge new look at forgotten founder

This circa 1933 photo made available by the Library of Congress shows the John Jay House in Katonah, N.Y. Like a proper gentleman of his time, Jay settled peacefully in the country, having long dreamed of retirement with his wife, Sarah. In an early letter to her, dated July 21, 1776, when his work on behalf of independence had kept them apart, he expressed "a kind of Confidence or Pre Sentiment that we shall yet enjoy many good Days together, and I indulge myself in imaginary Scenes of Happiness which I expect in a few Years to be realized. But Sarah fell ill and died in 1802, within months of their move. Devastated at first but sustained by his religion, Jay looked after his farm, advocated for education for blacks and became president of the American Bible Society. (Historic American Buildings Survey/Library of Congress via AP)KATONAH, N.Y. (AP) — The inner circle of founders has been set for as long as anyone can remember — Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton and Madison.



Clinton warns GOP will repeal Obamacare
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning New Hampshire voters that if the country elects a Republican president, the next administration will repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Democrats in New Hampshire find some of Chafee's ideas 'odd'

FILE - In this June 24, 2015 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee shakes hands as he meets Belknap County Democrats during a campaign stop in Laconia, N.H. The former Rhode Island governor has visited the first primary state of New Hampshire a dozen times this year. But he seems to be making barely a ripple, aside from curiosity about some of his policy platforms. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee stands before a few dozen people at a meeting of New Hampshire's Belknap County Democrats. The Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat gets nods of approval when he tells them he was the only Republican senator to vote against authorizing the war in Iraq.



White House Brief: Things to know about Wisconsin's Walker

FILE - In this June 6, 2015 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks with Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, before riding in Ernst's fundraising ride in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A snapshot of things to know about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who aides say will enter the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination.



Reelz rescues Miss USA pageant, dropped by NBC in Trump flap

Reelz rescues Miss USA pageant, dropped by NBC in Trump flapThe Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel. Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard said ...



Illinois mired in uncertainty over budget

Republican Bruce Rauner smiles after winning the midterm elections in Chicago, IllinoisBy Fiona Ortiz and Karen Pierog SPRINGFIELD/CHICAGO, Illinois (Reuters) - Illinois blew through a budget deadline this week, and now the state faces court battles over spending and a political standoff between rookie Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and veteran Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has dominated state politics for three decades. Rauner said he can soften the impact of a looming government shutdown and continue paying state workers on time and in full. Democrats said there are strict limits on what the governor can spend without a budget that has been approved.



John Whitman, husband of former New Jersey governor, dies

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 1997, file photo, John Whitman, foreground, head of the State House Dome Repair and Restoration project and husband of New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman, descends scaffolding from the fourth floor-level within the State House rotunda in Trenton, N.J. John Whitman, New Jersey's first-ever first gentleman, died Thursday, July 2, 2015. He was 71. He died at Morristown Medical Center after suffering a catastrophic brain injury in mid-June, said Heather Grizzle, a spokeswoman for Todd Whitman. (AP Photo/Jeff Zelevansky, File)MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — John Whitman, the husband of former Republican Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and the state's first-ever first gentleman, died Thursday. He was 71.



Rick Perry tells Republicans to work harder for black votes

Republican presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry discusses his economic plan at a National Press Club luncheon speech in WashingtonBy Alex Wilts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Presidential contender Rick Perry urged his fellow Republicans on Thursday to work harder to win black votes, saying decades of failed Democratic economic policies had given the party a fresh opportunity to appeal to African-Americans. Perry, the former governor of Texas, said the Republican Party's indifference to black voters threatened its moral legitimacy at a time when black voters should be looking to the party for economic help. "For too long, we Republicans have been content to lose the black vote because we found that we could win elections without it," said Perry, who lags badly in the Republican White House field, during a speech at the National Press Club.



Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker greets President Barack Obama as he arrives on Air Force One, Thursday, July 2, 2015, at La Crosse regional airport in La Crosse, Wis. Nudging his way into presidential politics, President Barack Obama traveled to Wisconsin on Thursday to draw contrasts with Republicans on economic policy just as the state's governor, Scott Walker, was filing paperwork to enter the GOP presidential primary. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field.



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