JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Republican leaders are cringing over Senate candidate Chris McDaniel's complaints that ``liberal Democrats'' voted in the Mississippi GOP primary runoff and helped Sen. Thad Cochran win a nomination for a seventh term. <br />
GOP consultant John Feehery says tea party members' complaints about black participation in primaries make Republicans look, in his words, ``racist and stupid.'' <br />
Cochran's fellow Mississippi Republican senator, Roger Wicker, says there's nothing wrong with trying to expand the GOP voting base. <br />
Turnout in Mississippi's majority-black counties grew by 43 percent from the June 3 primary to Tuesday's runoff, while in majority-white counties, it grew 17 percent. <br />
Tea party-backed McDaniel isn't conceding, telling supporters he want to make sure the Republican primary was decided by Republican voters.
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.
House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.
Evoking history and appealing for solidarity, President Barack Obama on Monday cast his decision to send 250 more troops to Syria as a bid to keep up "momentum" in the campaign to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He pressed European allies to match the U.S. with new contributions of their own.
Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha filed a federal lawsuit against New York City on Wednesday, alleging he was unjustly arrested outside of a trendy nightclub last year during a fracas that left him with a broken leg and ended his NBA season.