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Entrance fees rising in some national parks

April 2, 2015 WASHINGTON — Be prepared to pay a bit more if you’re headed to some national parks and recreation areas this summer. more »»

Variety of fee increases in store for park visitors

April 2, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service has proposed or enacted fee increases that will be used to make a dent in an estimated $11. more »»

Early states in presidential primary may be losing clout

April 1, 2015 NASHUA, N.H. — Few states have shaped presidential politics like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. more »»

Clinton email dustup latest in ‘delete, erase’ era of government

March 31, 2015 WASHINGTON — In the never-ending quest to preserve the government’s history, there have been plenty of weapons of mass destruction. more »»

Expelled from Cuba, Americans cling to claims for seized property

March 30, 2015 OMAHA, Neb.— The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through faded photos that fill boxes spread across the dining table. Friends linked arm-in-arm on a Cuban beac. more »»

Watchdog report faults DEA handling of sex party charges

March 27, 2015 By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal watchdog on Thursday faulted the Drug Enforcement Administration over allegations that agents attended sex parties with prostitutes on... more »»

Obama ready to sign bill on Medicare doctor fees

March 26, 2015 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Wednesday he’s ready to sign “good, bipartisan” legislation protecting physicians from steep cuts in Medicare reimbursements and bolstering health programs... more »»

Cruz wants to scrap IRS; that’s easier said than done

March 25, 2015 WASHINGTON — Promising to abolish the Internal Revenue Service is a good talking point for political candidates who are looking to fire up the Republicans’ most conservative voters. more »»

License plates and free speech

March 24, 2015 WASHINGTON — In a dispute over a proposed Confederate battle flag license plate, the Supreme Court struggled Monday to balance worries about government censorship and concerns that offensive message... more »»

State bills would limit access to officer body camera videos

March 23, 2015 IOWA CITY, Iowa — State legislators are pushing to make it much harder to release police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law enforcement... more »»

Poll: Public unaware Obama’s health law is again in jeopardy

March 20, 2015 WASHINGTON — With a decision due by summer in a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama’s health care law, a new poll finds many Americans have heard nothing about the case. more »»

House passes GOP proposals targeting EPA’s ‘secret science’

March 19, 2015 WASHINGTON — The House has passed two Republican-backed bills that would place new restrictions on the Environmental Protection Agency. more »»

Interest rate hike expectations shake up stocks, bonds, dollar

March 18, 2015 NEW YORK — Interest rates could soon rise in the U.S. for the first time in almost a decade, and that’s shaking up financial markets. more »»

Who has time to read all these bills we pass?

March 17, 2015 WASHINGTON — Congress can get so busy that senators and their staffs don’t always have time to scrutinize bills they pass and letters they sign — or so it seemed this week, anyway. more »»

Michigan residents need access to information to evaluate government

March 16, 2015 EDITOR’S NOTE: Sunshine Week starts Sunday and runs through March 21. Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of informati. more »»

A lone wolf president

March 13, 2015 Can the president rewrite federal laws? Can he alter their meaning? Can he change their effect? These are legitimate questions in an era in which we have an unpopular progressive Democratic... more »»

Health of the Great Lakes

March 12, 2015 As a native of northern Michigan, I believe that the Great Lakes are truly part of our way of life — they are “Pure Michigan,” as the ads say. more »»

Ignore presidential polling; Americans aren’t tuned in

March 11, 2015 WASHINGTON — Wondering who’s up and who’s down in the 2016 presidential race? Go for a run, tend the garden, clean the closet, remove the lint from the dryer, and then do it all over again because... more »»

Presidential hopefuls not worried by failure to launch

March 10, 2015 WASHINGTON — Most U.S. presidential candidates really don’t want to spend nearly two years bowing and scraping to voters and campaign donors. more »»

Gift or scam?

March 10, 2015 Each year, Americans gift billions of dollars to charities with the thought that it is helping someone somewhere or some animal in distress, when in fact as little as 2 percent of their donation may... more »»



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