“Come on and help out a little bit,” the president implored lawmakers to laughter and applause from an audience of 1,500 at the Uptown Theater. The 33-minute speech, which focused entirely on domestic issues, was the centerpiece of an 18-hour presidential stop in Kansas City. Republicans criticized the president’s often partisan tone.
The Campus Safety and Accountability Act would increase penalties for colleges that break federal laws and mandate that they establish confidential advocates on all campuses for students affected by sexual violence. A companion bill is expected to be introduced in the U.S. House.
Tea Party challenger Milton Wolf confronted U.S. Senator Pat Roberts as he campaigned in downtown Emporia. Their brief meeting Wednesday took place at an intersection as Roberts walked from business to business to talk with merchants. The two are squaring off in Tuesday’s Republican primary.
Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the problem-plagued Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans sought to win over reluctant, tea party conservatives on a border security bill.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s Heart of America Hot Dog Festival wants to bring the community together through one of our nation’s favorite pastimes. Also this week: ‘Ragtime’ at Theatre in the Park and comedian Mike Epps at Starlight.
About 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, the president pulled into the Platte County suburb for an unannounced stop. People on the main drag got just a few minutes’ notice that the president was coming. His staff expected him to stay about 30 minutes. He lingered nearly an hour.
A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.
A Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons, according to a document circulating among White House staff.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James and several East Side leaders pledged Tuesday to collaborate on an economic development plan, including the streetcar, for the Linwood Boulevard corridor. The agreement comes one week before a streetcar election that appears too close to call.
The president feasted on working-class delicacies in Kansas City as he sought to bond with people unaccustomed to having the ear of the most powerful man in the world. At Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque, he met with four White House-chosen Kansas Citians over a half slab of ribs and a Bud Light and discussed how what he does in Washington registers in people’s lives.
When Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp co-sponsored a bill that would cut demand for biofuels by phasing out a federal renewable energy program, many of his rural constituents took note. Their anger is now coming back to haunt Huelskamp in the waning days before the Aug. 5 GOP primary.
House Republicans moved toward a vote Thursday to address the immigration crisis on the border, after GOP leaders agreed to conservative demands for a separate vote aimed at blocking President Barack Obama from expanding deportation relief to millions.
CIA Director John Brennan apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year.
More than 3,300 federal inmates have applied since April to have their prison sentences cut short under a new Justice Department clemency initiative, according to data provided to The Associated Press.
Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.
California's Republican candidate for governor said he spent a week living as a homeless person in search of a job to test Gov. Jerry Brown's claim that the state is making a comeback after the economic downturn.
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