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pressure grows on german social democrats in govt impasse


pressure grew thursday within germany's social democratic party to at least discuss the possibility of forming a new government with chancellor angela merkel's conservatives, after her talks with other parties collapsed over the weekend.






pressure grows on german social democrats in gov't impasse


pressure is growing within germany's social democratic party to at least discuss the possibility of forming a new government with chancellor angela merkel's conservatives.






german social democrats under pressure in coalition impasse


germany's center-left social democrats are under pressure to halt the country's drift toward a new election after ruling out a repeat of their outgoing coalition with chancellor angela merkel.






pressure grows on german social democrats in gov’t impasse


berlin (ap) — pressure is growing within germany’s social democratic party to at least discuss the possibility of forming a new government with chancellor angela merkel’s conservatives. spd leader martin schulz has ruled out returning to the current “grand coalition” with merkel, following a disastrous result in september’s election, even after her talks on forming […]






germany's spd to join talks on resolving government impasse


the head of germany's social democrats says his party will join talks on breaking the impasse that has prevented a new government from being formed since september.






social democrats projected to win north german state vote


the center-left social democrats were projected to win a state election sunday in germany's lower saxony, ending a losing streak in three other states and at the national level this year.






pressure for budget deal builds as rauner calls special session, cullerton says


pressure for a deal to break the historic two-year budget impasse started to build thursday as republican gov. bruce rauner summoned lawmakers back to the capitol and senate president john cullerton said his democrats won't support a stopgap measure as an alternative to a full budget if no deal...






illinois senate democrats push ahead on budget proposals, but deal remains elusi


illinois senate democrats on wednesday voted for a $36.5 billion spending plan that would pay universities and social service providers that have gone months without funding, but the effort may prove to be more about political theater than ending the state's nearly two-year-long budget impasse....






germany, turkey to discuss impasse over visiting troops


germany's foreign minister is meeting with his turkish counterpart in an attempt to overcome an impasse over turkey's refusal to allow german lawmakers visit troops stationed at a turkish air base.






state budget impasse victims rip rauner, who says democrats using them as 'props


illinois house lawmakers spent thursday listening to people who've been affected by the ongoing budget stalemate, a public display meant to put pressure on gov. bruce rauner, who has dismissed such hearings as a "sham." the hearing in chicago was the first since the democrat-controlled legislature...






cullerton blames rauner for latest snag in attempt to end impasse


senate democrats on wednesday sought to pressure republicans to vote for a sweeping plan designed to end the nearly two-year stalemate, an effort that fell flat as the gop said final details needed to be worked out before they could sign off. the move by democratic senate president john cullerton...






merkel ally sees ‘tail wind’ from german state election


berlin (ap) — a senior member of chancellor angela merkel’s party says the conservatives’ unexpectedly strong win in a state vote gives them “tail wind” for bigger upcoming elections. merkel’s christian democrats easily beat the center-left social democrats in saarland state sunday. a tighter race was expected after the social democrats were boosted in polls […]






german state elections a test for left's challenge to merkel


a pair of upcoming german state elections could show whether the center-left social democrats can win back the momentum they need to deny conservative chancellor angela merkel a fourth term.






german parties forge ahead with talks on new government


berlin (ap) — german chancellor angela merkel’s conservative bloc and two smaller parties are seeking compromises on the thorny issues of migration and climate change so they can proceed with formal talks on forming a new coalition government. merkel’s conservative christian democrats and sister bavarian-only christian social union is meeting with the pro-business free democrats […]






with week to go, rauner and madigan can't even agree on meeting


several days into a special session on the budget, republican gov. bruce rauner and democrats who run the legislature have made no progress toward an agreement to end the yearslong impasse that threatens schools, universities and social service programs, with rauner himself dismissing the exercise...






merkel’s party seeks to win fourth german state in a year


berlin (ap) — german chancellor angela merkel’s party is aiming to unseat the incumbent center-left governor in lower saxony for a fourth straight victory in state elections this year. sunday’s vote in the northern state was called after the ruling coalition between social democrats and greens lost its one-seat majority in july. merkel’s christian democrats […]






with week to go, rauner and madigan can't even agree on meeting


springfield — several days into a special session on the budget, republican gov. bruce rauner and democrats who run the legislature have made no progress toward an agreement to end the years-long impasse that threatens schools, universities and social service programs, with rauner himself dismissing...






german poll: lead for merkel's conservative bloc widens


a poll of german voters shows chancellor angela merkel's conservative bloc's lead widening as the main challenger social democrats continue to lose support.






illinois democrats signal they want to keep meeting, likely continuing budget im


illinois house democrats resolved to keep meeting in a "continuous session" this summer, signaling they're unlikely to agree on a budget plan to send to republican gov. bruce rauner on what was previously their last day scheduled to be in springfield wednesday.earlier, democrats in the senate...






house democrats signal they want to keep meeting, likely continuing budget impas


illinois house democrats resolved to keep meeting in a "continuous session" this summer, signaling they're unlikely to agree on a budget plan to send to republican gov. bruce rauner on what was previously their last scheduled day to be in springfield on wednesday.earlier, democrats in the senate...






polls close in crucial north rhine-westphalia election


german media projections show a clear win for merkel's party and defeat for social-democrats in their own stronghold.






polls close in crucial north rhine-westphalia election


german media projections show clear win for merkel's party and defeat for social-democrats in their own stronghold.






merkel dominates election debate


german chancellor angela merkel’s center-left challenger martin schulz failed to land a blow sunday in the german election campaign’s one and only tv debate between party leaders. a relaxed chancellor easily parried the attacks from schulz, whose social democrats (spd) have propped up merkel’s conse...






pressure on gop to revamp health law grows, along with rifts


president donald trump declared monday that "nobody knew that health care could be so complicated." yet the opposite has long been painfully obvious for top congressional republicans, who face mounting pressure to scrap the law even as problems grow longer and knottier.






illinois senate dems push ahead on budget, but many factors are pushing back


illinois senate democrats on wednesday voted for a $36.5 billion spending plan that would pay universities and social service providers that have gone months without funding, but the effort may prove to be more about political theater than ending the state's nearly 2-year-long budget impasse.senators...






the latest: business leader calls for stable german govt


the latest on the outcome of germany's national election (all times local):






sri lanka govt faces pressure over torture, rape allegations


geneva (ap) — sri lanka’s government is facing increasing pressure to answer for alleged human rights violations following a recent war crimes lawsuit and allegations from over 50 men who said they were raped, branded or tortured as recently as this year. their comments come nearly a decade after sri lanka’s civil war ended and […]






pressure mounts for betsy devos to address the backlog of 87,000 student debt re


senate democrats are urging education secretary betsy devos to forgive the federal student loans of borrowers who were defrauded by their colleges, as the number of debt relief claims at the department of education grows.






trump's justice pick to trigger intense pressure on senate


when president donald trump nominates a supreme court justice, senate democrats and republicans will immediately face intense political pressure, with liberals demanding that democrats block the choice and the new president urging majority leader mitch mcconnell to blow up longstanding rules to secure confirmation.






german state elections a test for left’s challenge to merkel


berlin (ap) — a pair of upcoming german state elections could show whether the center-left social democrats can win back the momentum they need to deny conservative chancellor angela merkel a fourth term. sunday’s vote in schleswig-holstein and the may 14 election in north rhine-westphalia, germany’s most populous state, are the last tests at the […]






president trump's justice pick to trigger intense pressure on senate


when president donald trump nominates a supreme court justice, senate democrats and republicans will immediately face intense political pressure, with liberals demanding that democrats block the choice and the new president urging majority leader mitch mcconnell to blow up longstanding rules to...






trump’s supreme court pick to trigger intense pressure on senate


when president donald trump nominates a supreme court justice, senate democrats and republicans will immediately face intense political pressure, with liberals demanding that democrats block the choice and the new president urging majority leader mitch mcconnell to blow up longstanding rules to secure confirmation.






democratic pressure to oppose trump roils capitol hill


washington (ap) — congressional democrats are under intense pressure from the liberal base to oppose president donald trump at every turn, a dynamic that will color nearly every debate on capitol hill this year and complicate prospects for action on all issues. it’s sure to be a topic of debate as house democrats gather for […]






limit marijuana grows in residential areas


regulation of colorado’s marijuana experiment is an ongoing process, and this certainly won’t be the last time lawmakers tackle home grows but this is an important and immediate step that can help law enforcement locate illegal grows and shut them down.






governor of german state quits after cancer diagnosis


the governor of germany's northeastern mecklenburg-western pomerania state, whose popularity helped the center-left social democrats win a regional election last year, says he's stepping down for health reasons.