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Republicans are lashing out at Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald after he invoked Disney when talking about how veterans’ care should be judged. McDonald on Monday was talking to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast when he referenced the amusement park...
A group of Austin tech and community leaders, many of whom supported Uber’s and Lyft’s Proposition 1, on Monday unveiled RideAustin, an Austin-only, nonprofit ride-hailing service that they say will launch by mid-June and will fully comply with the city ordinance that was at the...
With its last-minute decision to formally endorse Donald Trump, the National Rifle Association put itself out in front of the fight for Republican party unity. Just a day later, it’s already taking flak. Chris Cox, the NRA’s top strategist, was met with raucous applause when he...
At the outset of the general election, Hillary Clinton’s campaign looks like a well-oiled juggernaut next to Donald Trump’s vastly smaller, mostly self-funded operation, a POLITICO analysis of Federal Election Commission reports filed Friday found. Through the end of last month...
Since 2013, Tesla Motors has pleaded unsuccessfully with lawmakers to allow Texans to buy its electric cars without a middleman dealer. Last week, though, the carmaker won endorsement by state GOP convention delegates of letting consumers buy cars directly from manufacturers. It...
Caught in a cycle of traffic tickets and expensive surcharges, Valerie Gonzales kept driving, even as she amassed fines of more than $4,500 she had no hope of paying. The 31-year-old mother did not have a driver’s license but said she needed to get her five children to school...
R esidents of most cities, even Cleveland, have a sense of civic pride. New Yorkers have Stockholm syndrome, and they will tolerate almost anything from their city: Show them hideous subterranean vermin and Pizza Rat becomes an unofficial city mascot. Renting a one-bedroom...
An overwhelming majority of Republican voters say their party’s leaders should get behind Donald J. Trump , even as he enters the general election saddled with toxic favorability ratings among the broader electorate, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. And as...
For supporters and detractors alike, few services exemplify the modern “on-demand” economy more than ride-hailing apps. Unlike traditional taxi cabs that require customers to hail a car on the street or call into a central dispatch, these apps allow users to request a ride using...