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Larry Clifton

Digital Journalist based in Tampa Bay area, Florida, United States. Joined on Sep 8, 2008
Expertise in Health, Government, Politics



Republican Joni Ernst pulls ahead in Iowa senate race

Des Moines - The battleground state of Iowa, where Republicans are trying to flip retiring Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin’s seat, has turned pink, according to a new poll.

Scott Brown in 48-48 tie with incumbent Jeanne Shaheen

Concord - If Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown can pull it off, a win against incumbent New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Sheehan would provide a cushion for Republicans as they attempt to take control of the U.S. Senate in November.

Real costs of Obamacare to hit Democrats hard in 2016

Washington - The White House and other Obamacare enthusiasts believe Americans have learned to love the "Affordable Care Act" imposed by Democrats in December 2010. Unfortunately, for them, Democrats running for office in 2014 are not feeling the love.

Liberal U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders tests waters for 2016

Washington - Liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders, 73, one of two Independents in the U.S. Senate who caucuses with Democrats, is exploring a 2016 run for the presidency. Saunders, a socialist, is undecided whether he would run as a Democrat or Independent.

Administration searches desperately for Middle East 'boots'

Baghdad - With midterm elections bearing down, the top Democrat is trying to convince a war-weary nation it needs to go back to war - not just in Iraq, but in Syria, where nearly 200,000 have died.

Op-Ed: 'We’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq'

Washington - After nearly six years, Americans across the political spectrum have learned to take what Pres. Barack Obama says with an ounce or much larger dose of salt.

Op-Ed: Obama morphs into Oval Office cowboy on Middle East

Washington - Tuesday, Obama told America’s elected congressional leaders that he already has the "authority he needs to take action" against the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL).

Chicago: Gang attacks two brothers with machete

Chicago - Chicago, infamously known for drive-by shootings, was the scene of a machete attack against two brothers waiting for a train at Chicago's Brown Line Kedzie CTA station in the Albany Park neighborhood early Monday morning.

Kaiser poll: Approval of Affordable Care Act falls to 35 percent

Washington - While the American people are focused on a new Iraq conflict involving U.S. forces and an open Southern border that some say beckons Islamic State terrorists to enter the country, public approval of ObamaCare has steadily declined over the summer.

Pres. Obama's presidency a failure according to national poll

Washington - Pres. Barack Obama’s polarized presidency, now in its sixth year, is viewed as a failure by most Americans according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. The survey shows Americans by a 52 to 42 percent margin see the administration as a failure

Georgia: Window of opportunity shrinks for Michelle Nunn

Atlanta - A new NYT/CBS/ poll of battleground states shows the window of opportunity for Democrats in Georgia closing with Republican David Perdue leading Democrat Michelle Nunn 47 to 41 percent.

Sen. Udall apologizes for invoking slain journalists' names

Denver - Democrat incumbent Sen. Mark Udall faced criticism after invoking the names of two American journalists recently beheaded by ISIS terrorists to make a point during Saturday’s debate with Rep. Cory Gardner, the GOP Senate nominee.

Op-Ed: Video reportedly shows Ray Rice sucker punch his fiancee

Baltimore - If the punch thrown by Ray Rice that rendered his fiancee unconscious is not enough to goad NFL executives into punishing the NFL star, some say it should have been enough to warrant jail time.

Pres. Obama to lay out his Iraq/Syria military agenda Wednesday

Washington - The president is set to deliver a speech to the American people on Wednesday after consulting with lawmakers on Tuesday about his administration’s plan to attack the enemy in Iraq.

President Obama delivers 'slap to the face' of Latino Community

Washington - A day after Pres. Barack Obama backed off his self-imposed deadline to dictate Immigration Reform from the Oval Office, top Democratic lawmakers are criticizing even the concept of instituting Immigration Reform by Executive Order.

Op-Ed: Obama's vow to go solo on Immigration Reform huge mistake

Washington - Saturday, Mr. Obama sent a White House official out to inform media that he had decided to delay taking action on immigration until after November to save endangered Democrats struggling to hang on to control of the Senate.

Op-Ed: Time for Pres. Obama to prepare country for new Iraq war

Washington - Pres. Barack Obama’s belated, ever-changing commitment to deal with the Islamic State months after it swept through Iraq seizing large swaths of the country puts the U.S. right back in the middle of an Iraqi war.

Tesla will build its $5 billion battery plant in Nevada

Carson City - California lost out to Nevada to be the host state for Tesla electric car company's planned $5 billion battery plant. California is home-base to the carmaker but the company considered five states as potential sites for its new factory.

Gallup poll: Pres. Obama approval drops to 38%

Washington - Pres. Obama’s approval rating matched an all-time low of 38 percent in yesterday's Gallup Daily Tracking Poll. Meanwhile, Democratic Senate candidates hurt by Mr. Obama's consistently low approval ratings are struggling in campaigns across the country.

More mutinous Democrats chide Obama on Iraq

Washington - Former funnyman Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) sent Pres. Barack Obama an anything but amusing letter Wednesday, suggesting the president try a new approach to confronting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
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