The small, tight-knit town of West Plains, Mo., was knocked to its knees when one of its brightest and most promising young men went missing overseas in 1944. Now, 70 years later, Sgt. John Hogan's remains have been returned.
Shortly after U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. dropped out of sight, his office said he was suffering from exhaustion. Then, his condition was described as a mood disorder. Those medically imprecise terms have a long and varied political history.
Mitt Romney made a personal TV news blitz to insist the timing of his tenure at Bain Capital is a nonstory. Ultimately, what might determine its importance in the presidential race is whether it can be explained in the kind of 30-second TV ad that has come to dominate political messaging.
On one side are tough-talking Republican politicians, including Russell Pearce, the former state Senate president who sponsored Arizona's tough immigration law. On the other are the Mormons who helped vote him out of office.
It's no easy trick for the National Governors Association to get Republican and Democratic chief executives in the same room. After the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act a few weeks ago, it's proving even harder.
For decades, coal represented half of the nation's electricity generation, but it dropped to only 34 percent for the month of March. While the decline is partially due to a warmer winter and stricter environmental regulations, the real culprit may be natural gas. Technological breakthroughs in fracking have led to a gas boom that's caused prices to plummet. As a result, power plants are switching from coal to natural gas and mines in Appalachia are shutting down.
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