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AUG 14, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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In tight Senate race, McConnell talks religion

(AP) — Sen. Mitch McConnell talked about abortion, gay marriage and the persecution of Christians in Iraq with three well-known evangelical leaders Thursday, a rare discussion of social and religious issues for the Republican. McConnell faces the toughest challenge of his 30-year career against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in what is expected to be among the most competitive Senate races ...

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AUG 11, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Sen. Nelson heads to Ukraine

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is headed to the conflict-battered Ukraine this week. The Florida senator's office said Monday that Nelson would travel to the Ukraine sometime this week from central Florida, although the office wouldn't say specifically when. Nelson is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. Nelson's office says the senator will hold ...

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AUG 08, 2014 - Yahoo! News

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Senator Alexander defeats Tea Party challenge in Tennessee primary

By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander on Thursday earned the Republican spot on the November general election ballot after defeating a state representative with Tea Party support in Tennessee's primary. In front of supporters, Alexander declared victory over state Representative Joe Carr, his closest competitor, who had Tea Party backing, and five other conservatives, calling ...

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AUG 07, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Colombia's president seeks peace deal in 2nd term

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President Juan Manuel Santos took the oath for his second term Thursday and promised to redouble his efforts to end Colombia's half-century war amid a renewed wave of rebel violence that has put peace talks at risk. [...] a number of obstacles remain, including frustration over the guerrillas' refusal to halt attacks and fierce opposition by ...

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AUG 06, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Mississippi GOP won't hear challenge to Cochran

(AP) — Mississippi's state Republican Party on Wednesday refused to hear challenger Chris McDaniel's effort to overturn his June 24 GOP runoff loss to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. [...] given the extraordinary relief requests of overturning a United States Senate primary in which over 360,000 Mississippians cast votes, the only way to ensure the integrity of the election process and ...

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