Republicans cry ‘class warfare’ over Obama tax plan

Republicans cry ‘class warfare’ over Obama tax plan

Leading Republicans on Sunday spurned as “class warfare” an administration proposal dubbed “the Buffett rule” that would ensure millionaires are taxed at the same rate as the middle class. President Barack Obama was expected to make the proposal on Monday, picking up on a repeated complaint by billionaire investor Warren Buffett that he pays taxes […]

CIA opens New York probe

CIA opens New York probe

The CIA has opened an internal investigation into whether the agency broke a ban against domestic spying in its work with New York City police, top officials said Tuesday. Newly appointed CIA director David Petraeus, who took over the spy agency this month, said the probe by the agency’s inspector general would look at the […]

Obama: Americans reject tea party ideas

Obama: Americans reject tea party ideas

President Barack Obama said the “vast majority” of Americans reject the ideas of archconservative Tea Party movement, in an interview broadcast Monday. “We’ve always had a anti-federal government bent in a chunk of our population. That’s nothing new,” Obama told NBC News, referring to the anti-federal nature of the Tea Party, whose fervor swept in […]

Tears unite Americans remembering 9/11

Tears unite Americans remembering 9/11

Tears flowed and bells tolled at Ground Zero as Americans marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in a rare moment of unity for a country still shaken by the horrific terror strikes. President Barack Obama and his predecessor and political foe George W. Bush stood together in New York for the main ceremony […]

Pilot was ready to ram plane

Pilot was ready to ram plane

An F-16 pilot who scrambled on 9/11 to prevent another attack on the US capital says she was prepared to ram her plane into a hijacked aircraft — as there was no time to arm her plane with missiles. Amid fears another hijacked airliner was barreling towards Washington, Heather Penney, then a lieutenant in the […]

Obama meets with big biz honchos

Obama meets with big biz honchos

President Barack Obama met Friday with top executives at marquee US firms like American Express and Johnson & Johnson, with the country’s economy struggling and global markets prone to wild swings. “The president appreciated the thoughtful exchange of ideas and the private sector’s shared commitment to improving our economy,” the White House press office said […]

House kills 180-year-old page program

House kills 180-year-old page program

Bringing the curtain down on a nearly 200-year-old tradition, leaders of the US House of Representatives announced Monday that they were doing away with the chamber’s “page” program. Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cited the high cost of the program as well as advances in technology that have […]

Credit rating downgrade brings political pot to a boil

Credit rating downgrade brings political pot to a boil

America’s historic loss of its top-notch credit rating failed to cool the feud between Republicans and President Barack Obama‘s Democrats which threatens to drive the US economy into disaster. Despite being rebuked by ratings blue chip Standard & Poor‘s over political “brinkmanship,” US politicians dug deeper Saturday into inflexible positions on spending cuts, deficits and […]

Did tea party win or lose in debt deal debacle?

Did tea party win or lose in debt deal debacle?

The Tea Party stood at a political crossroads Tuesday, split by a vote on raising the US debt limit after fractious negotiations that saw them declared both the big winners and losers. At issue was the role that the young movement, born of anger at the sour US economy and stoked by establishment Republicans eager […]