Thursday, July 24 2014 1:42 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:42:53 GMT
A vintage rail company that hauls hundreds of thousands of tourists every year along the route of the historic Klondike Gold Rush has suspended operations while it investigates a derailment that injured nine people.More >>
Officials now say 19 people were seen for minor injuries when a tourist train derailed in southeast Alaska - an increase from the initial report of nine injuries.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 1:42 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:42:48 GMT
Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov...More >>
Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account...More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:32:34 GMT
Sen. John Walsh said his unattributed use of others' work in his master's thesis was not plagiarism but "a few citations that were unintentionally left out of a term paper" that he blamed in part on...More >>
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday he had no knowledge that Democratic Sen. John Walsh had plagiarized his master's thesis when he appointed the former lieutenant governor to the Senate in February.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:29:36 GMT
Virginia State Police say two were killed and at least 20 injured when a fierce storm slammed a campground on the state's Eastern Shore.More >>
A fierce storm packing powerful winds, softball-sized hail and rain toppled dozens of trees and flipped recreational vehicles at a campground Thursday, killing two people and injuring more than two dozen, officials said.More >>
By STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraiser and campaign powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November.
Since March, the Massachusetts Democrat has stumped for candidates in Ohio, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Kentucky and has trips planned this week for West Virginia and Michigan. It's a hefty schedule for a freshman senator who not long ago was teaching law at Harvard.
Along the way, Warren has found her brand of economic populism resonating far from her home in the liberal enclave of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Part of Warren's economic pitch is legislation she sponsored that would let college graduates refinance their student loans at lower interest rates, an effort blocked by Senate Republicans.
Warren found a receptive crowd during a recent campaign stop at the University of Louisville with Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state hoping to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
Warren said the Kentucky race is "about a man who stood up and filibustered the student loan bill."
"When you've got a choice between billionaires and students, Mitch McConnell says it is more important to protect the billionaires," Warren told the crowd. Senate Republicans blocked Warren's student bill last month on a 56-38 vote that fell short of the 60 needed to advance the proposal to a debate.
McConnell's campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore was quick to highlight Warren's awkward fit in coal country, noting that she supports the federal government's efforts to restrict carbon dioxide emissions, restrictions many in Kentucky oppose.
McConnell had criticized Warren's bill when it came up for a vote, saying it won't make college more affordable or reduce the amount of money students will have to borrow.
"The Senate Democrats' bill isn't really about students at all. It's really all about Senate Democrats," he said. "They want an issue to campaign on to save their own hides this November."
Cast by critics as a typical Northeast liberal, Warren, 65, grew up in Oklahoma in a family which she said lived on "the ragged edge of the middle class" - an experience that she said helped forge a lifelong interest in advocating for working families trying to get a fair deal in an economic and political system that Warren argues is rigged against them.
Warren found herself thrust into the national political spotlight during a grueling 2012 campaign against incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown. It was the most expensive campaign in Massachusetts history with both candidates raking in tens of millions in donations.
Warren's profile has made her a go-to campaigner for Democratic Senate candidates, in part because as a newer arrival on the political stage she is free of some of the political albatrosses carried by other top Democrats like President Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.
In March, Warren attended a fundraising reception and dinner in Cleveland for Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown. Days later she attended a student rally and fundraiser for Minnesota Sen. Al Franken in Minneapolis. Next were fundraisers in May for Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Washington Sen. Patty Murray.
Now, Warren is continuing her fundraising efforts, with a planned Monday event with West Virginia Democratic Senate hopeful Natalie Tennant. Tennant, West Virginia's secretary of state, is vying with U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito for the seat held by retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller. Capito is favored and holds a hefty cash advantage.
Capito's campaign has also been quick to target Warren, calling her "one of the staunchest opponents of coal and West Virginia's way of life."
Warren has conceded that she and Tennant - who, like Grimes, has criticized Obama's plans to limit carbon emissions from the coal industry - don't agree on everything, but can come together on economic issues facing struggling families.
Later in the week, Warren is scheduled to attend a fundraiser with Michigan Democratic Senate hopeful Gary Peters who is facing off against Republican Terri Lynn Land. Peters and Land are competing to replace Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, who's also retiring.
Warren has also sent out fundraising emails to her supporters on behalf of Democratic Senate candidates in Georgia (Michelle Nunn), South Dakota (Rick Weiland) and Iowa (Bruce Braley).
Warren's rising political star in the Democratic Party has garnered the attention of Hillary Clinton, in part because Warren has been seen by some as a possible alternative candidate for president in two years, even though Clinton has yet to announce and Warren has repeatedly said she's not interested in running in 2016.
Warren has been flexing her fundraising prowess in the party by using her political action committee - the PAC for a Level Playing Field. The leadership PAC has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars which she's used to support Democratic Senate candidates and party committees including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Julian Zelizer, a political history professor at Princeton University, said Warren is crafting a national political profile while also testing whether a populist economic message can win broad support across the party.
"Part of this is for her to build her stature, but she is also a believer," Zelizer said. "She could stumble but ... she's still new and she doesn't have the baggage of someone like a Hillary Clinton."
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Thursday, July 24 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:45:30 GMT
The official Algerian news agency says an Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from the radar.More >>
An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali during a rainstorm, officials said. France deployed fighter jets to search for...More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:27:29 GMT
Ukraine's government says 51 containers holding bodies and body parts of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash are ready to depart for the Netherlands aboard two military transport planes.More >>
Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the...More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:18:11 GMT
Republicans have cleared legislation for a vote in the House that authorizes the filing of an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law.More >>
House Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit that accuses President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law.More >>
Thursday, July 24 2014 12:31 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:31:15 GMT
Someone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags.More >>
Police are searching for four or five people they believe scaled to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers in the dead of night, disabled lights illuminating two large American flags and then replaced the flags...More >>