More than two dozens states this year are considering new laws to require voters to show ID at the polls, despite the controversy around similar bills enacted last year. Efforts are under way to impose the requirements before the 2012 elections, although opponents are waging legal challenges and looking toward the U.S. Justice Department to bar implementation.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney likely planned to spend Wednesday basking in the glow of his victory in Tuesday's Florida primary. Instead, he struggled to explain his comment that he's "not concerned about the very poor." The comment was made in an interview on CNN. Critics on the left and the right pounced.
Mark Pincus' company is the maker of FarmVille and other games played on Facebook. He's worth $1.3 billion, and he may see that number grow if he meets his goal: to expand the universe of digital game players from sci-fi geeks to soccer moms and their kids.
The recession has been particularly cruel in Nevada. The state has the nation's highest unemployment rate and highest foreclosure rate. That's made the state's budget situation difficult, to say the least. Now Nevada hopes to broaden its tax base beyond the mainstays of tourism and gambling.
Instead of offering big salaries and other perks, the CEO of tiny Ashland Health Clinic, in southwest Kansas, lures physicians with "a job that matters." In addition to meeting a real need on a daily basis in Ashland, doctors also get eight weeks off to do missionary work overseas.
A high-profile corruption trial in Cleveland is being re-enacted on a local news station using puppets. Cameras are barred from the courtroom so the station has come up with a unique way to show what's been going on in the courtroom. A former county commissioner and seven others face prison terms for a pay-to-play scheme.
President Obama is trying again to revive the nation's housing market. Past efforts have come up short, and this one faces long odds in Congress. On Wednesday, he outlined a program designed to make it easier for homeowners to refinance into cheaper mortgages.
The report by congressional Republicans says ATF agents and supervisors should have realized two targets of their criminal case along the Southwest border had already been under investigation by the DEA and the FBI. It comes the same day the attorney general faces questions on Capitol Hill about the debacle.
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