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White House evaluating military-retirement proposals

- The Washington Times

The White House said Wednesday that President Obama and his advisers are still refining some of the proposals from an independent commission on military retirement pay before giving the recommendations to Congress.

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, saw his support increase from 5 percent to 16 percent in just over a month, enough to make him one of three candidates in the top tier of GOP contenders, according to Public Policy Polling. (Associated Press)

The Cruz conservative strategy worked

- The Washington Times

A bodacious announcement, monumental follow-up speeches and relentless campaigning appear to have paid off for Sen. Ted Cruz. He’s got “big momentum,” according to Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling, which gauged the outcome of the Texas Republican’s news announcement last week that he would run for president.

President Obama will travel to Kentucky to discuss the changing economy and then fly to Utah, where he'll hold an event Friday on the economy as the government releases March unemployment statistics. (Associated Press)

Obama takes middle-class message to red states

- The Washington Times

Behaving as if he missed the memo about his party’s midterm election losses, President Obama will embark Thursday on another trip to red states to promote his economic policies as a better alternative for the middle class than Republicans’ proposals.

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FILE - In this March 23, 2015 file photo, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ speaks in Garwood, N.J. Menendez has been indicted on federal corruption charges.(AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges

- Associated Press

Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.

Korean adoptee Adam Crapser, left, poses with daughters, Christal, 1, Christina, 5, and his wife, Anh Nguyen, in the family's living room in Vancouver, Wash. on March 19, 2015. Crapser, whose adoptive parents neglected to make him a U.S. citizen, will face an immigration judge and could be separated from his family and deported to South Korea, a country he does not know. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)

Adoptee from South Korea faces deportation from US

- Associated Press

More than three decades ago, a 3-year-old South Korean boy and his sister flew to the U.S. to become the adopted children of American citizens, but their life together didn't last long.

Employees of the state auditor's office testify before the Senate Accountability and Reform Committee about the agency's ethics rules and training, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Olympia, Wash. The committee chairman invited elected Auditor Troy Kelley to testify about issues surrounding the state auditor's office in light of a federal investigation that involves him, but the auditor did not attend. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

State auditor: Federal investigation not affecting work

- Associated Press

State Auditor Troy Kelley, embroiled in a federal investigation, skipped a chance to testify before lawmakers Wednesday, a development that has them pondering their subpoena power.

Kansas state Sens. Forrest Knox, left, an Altoona Republican, and Ty Masterson, right, an Andover Republican, confer during a Senate session, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Masterson is chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and helped broker a budget deal to freeze tuition at state universities for two years. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas lawmakers consider tuition freeze, pension bonds

- Associated Press

State universities in Kansas would not be allowed to increase tuition for two years under a proposal drafted Wednesday by legislators, who also advanced a bill authorizing $1 billion in bonds to help shore up the state's public pension system.

Lee Williams, left, and other workers unload budget bills in the Assembly Chamber at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. Lawmakers plan to vote Tuesday on the final provisions of the state budget, including changes to teacher evaluations and an ethics proposal intended to clean up Albany's pernicious corruption problem. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

NY lawmakers OK budget: more school money, ethics rules

- Associated Press

New York state lawmakers approved a $142 billion state budget early Wednesday that increases funding for schools, revises teacher evaluations and enacts new legislative disclosure rules intended to address Albany corruption.

Oregon lawmakers hear heated testimony on gun-control bill

- Associated Press

A heated debate over gun control in the Oregon Legislature on Wednesday drew relatives of people killed during an Oregon mall shooting, law enforcement officers and gun owners as Democratic lawmakers push a bill expanding background checks to cover private firearms sales.

State Senate votes to allow handguns at Tennessee Capitol

- Associated Press

People with handgun carry permits would be able to carry their weapons on the grounds of the state Capitol under a provision inserted into a guns-in-parks proposal that overwhelmingly passed the Senate on Wednesday.