<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - National Today]]> <![CDATA[Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa wins Nobel Prize]]> <![CDATA[Obama again offers Medicare, Social Security cuts]]> In an attempt to ease the automatic sequester budget cuts, President Barack Obama has again offered to reduce spending on Social Security and Medicare, two "entitlement" programs often targeted by Republicans.]]> <![CDATA[Could Latino Voters Turn Deep-Red Texas Democratic by 2020?]]> Jacob Monty looks at the demographics of his state of Texas and does not like what he's seeing. Though the Lone Star state, which holds its Republican primary Tuesday, is a sure thing for Mitt Romney in November, it could be majority Latino by 2030, and those Latinos are voting overwhelmingly Democrat.]]> <![CDATA[Todd Akin's 'legitimate rape' statement: a roundup of news and analysis]]> Senate candidate Todd Akin, currently a representative from Missouri, told a news station Sunday that "legitimate rapes" aren't likely to result in pregnancy.]]> <![CDATA[KKK wizard: If police are in Klan, it 'makes them a better cop']]> <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Wildfire Forces Evacuation of 32,000]]> An explosive wildfire has forced the evacuation of nearly 32,000 residents in and near Colorado Springs, Co., as the inferno jumped containment lines and entered the northwest part of the city on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Southern California storm whips up a tornado, four waterspouts]]> LOS ANGELES — A powerful storm that hit the Southern California coast Tuesday afternoon caused at least one tornado, four waterspouts and winds of up to 90 mph, according to the National Weather Service.]]> <![CDATA[House GOP reverses on payroll tax cut]]> House Republicans have leapt at every chance to accuse President Barack Obama of piling up record debt and weakening shaky entitlement programs. But in a span of a few hours Monday afternoon, GOP leaders effectively stomped all over that message.]]> <![CDATA[Obama to speed up broadband to schools plan]]> The LA Times is reporting that President Obama will announce a plan today to speed up ConnectED, a program that is working to expand broadband access to schools.]]> <![CDATA[Number of wild condors in California reaches 100]]> <![CDATA[See bills that Joe Biden, Paul Ryan voted together on]]> A quick look at the voting records of their two running mates, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, illustrates that the two parties aren't always very different.]]> <![CDATA[Chick-fil-A supporters plan mail-in]]> Chick-fil-A customers who showed up in droves Wednesday to back the chicken chain’s opposition to same-sex marriage are literally mailing in their support now.]]> <![CDATA[The Republican War on Voter Registration]]> Republican state legislatures aren’t only trying to prevent voting at the polling place, they are also stopping people from becoming registered voters in the first place. These same laws that require voters to present state issued photo identification at the polling both—nominally aimed at preventing voter fraud—also sometimes contain provisions that are placing onerous requirements and stringent limitations on third party voter registration efforts.]]> <![CDATA[Bristol Palin Takes Shot at President Obama Over Bill Maher's Crude Comments About Her]]> Another shot was fired in the war over which political party's tenuously-aligned commentators are more disrespectful toward women, and it's a big one.]]> <![CDATA[In filibuster reform, Senate may avoid 'nuclear option']]> Senate Republicans will not block President Barack Obama's nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, averting a showdown in the Senate that would have had larger implications for the filibuster process.]]> <![CDATA[Obama takes fight to Congress on first stop of bus tour]]> Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and the other GOP White House aspirants may be running against President Barack Obama, but right now, he appears to be campaigning against Congress.]]> <![CDATA[Republicans aim to slash spending in coming debt ceiling talks]]> Picking winners and losers in the recently resolved "fiscal cliff" debate is not easy.]]> <![CDATA[Colorado representatives vote straight party line on 'fiscal cliff' bill]]> While the bill enjoyed bipartisan support in the Republican-led house, it still passed with a majority of Democratic votes, joined by some Republicans. None of Colorado's Republicans, however, voted in favor of the measure.]]> <![CDATA[Supreme Court backs students in MySpace cases]]> School officials were put on notice they can be sued for violating the FirstAmendment if they discipline students for vulgar and malicious postings on home computers.]]> <![CDATA[Ted Nugent is Mitt Romney's Hilary Rosen]]> Progressive bloggers erupted in fury over controversial comments about President Barack Obama by rocker Ted Nugent and complained about a lack of media coverage, especially compared with the super-saturation reporting on Hilary Rosen’s remarks last week about stay-at-home moms.]]>