Mark and Charlie's Blog

With just 21 days until the presidential primaries officially begin in Iowa, Hillary Clinton's support among Democrats nationally has taken a serious tumble, falling eight points to 43%, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll. Support for her chief rival, Bernie Sanders, rose six...
In 2015, for the fifth consecutive year, at least four in 10 U.S. adults identified as political independents. The 42% identifying as independents in 2015 was down slightly from the record 43% in 2014 . This elevated percentage of political independents leaves Democratic (29%)...
Several months ago, Jann Wenner, a founder of Rolling Stone magazine, received a call from the actor Sean Penn. Mr. Penn, Mr. Wenner said in an interview on Sunday, wanted to discuss something important. But he did not want to speak openly over the phone, so the two began to...
A sperm donor who never expected to meet the children he has fathered has had the chance to during an improbable family gathering. Todd Whitehurst, 49, had already gotten to know four of his donor children, but met four others when the group was brought together during a long...
The 911 calls have been released from the shooting of an Oklahoma teenager early New Year's Day. He was shot while playing a prank called "ding dong ditch." On the recording, we hear from both the 14-year-old boy who was shot and the man who shot him, who now faces life in...
In a lab at Progressive Corp.’s suburban headquarters, managers and technicians at the auto-insurance giant watch a colleague drive from his home outside Cleveland to the city zoo. A dot on a computer screen moves along a map overlaid with speed limits, turning red when the...
An armed robbery suspect trying to steal a wallet ends up being shot by a 69-year old homeowner. It happened on Calle San Carlos shortly before 9 PM. We're told the homeowner and his wife were approached by a man with a gun, wearing a hoodie. According to police, the suspect...
Melissa Cook said she was confronted with a harrowing decision: Would she abort a fetus she was carrying for someone else? The 47-year-old Californian had agreed to be a surrogate for a 50-year-old postal worker in Georgia, and she became pregnant last year with three boys. But...
When it comes to repealing Obamacare, the 62nd time is the charm – sort of. The Republican-controlled Congress passed a repeal of President Obama’s signature health care law by a 240-181 vote in the House Wednesday, mostly along party lines, handing Speaker Paul Ryan a dual...