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Republicans run into recruiting problems in key Senate races

Republicans are struggling to recruit strong Senate candidates in states that present the party’s best opportunities to reclaim the majority, a sign that the GOP‘s post-2012 soul-searching may end up…

Biden claims economy allowed Obama to beat McCain in 2008

Vice President Joe Biden said Friday that Arizona Sen. John McCain probably would have beat his boss in the 2008 presidential election had the economy not collapsed. Biden’s comment about…

Plane landing gear found in New York City: From 9/11?

A rusted 5-foot-tall piece of landing gear believed to be from one of the hijacked planes destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks has been discovered near the World Trade Center…

Is tax-free Internet shopping headed for the dumpster?

Internet shoppers are moving closer to paying sales taxes for their online purchases. But the fight is far from over. The Senate voted 63-30 Thursday to advance a bill that…

How the Boston bombers’ plan to strike next in Times Square ran out of gas

Armed with a pressure-cooker explosive and five pipe bombs, the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing made a spur-of-the-moment decision last week to give the Big Apple a taste of…

Lots of talk about deficit reduction but little action

Liberals’ loud objections to White House proposals for slowing the growth of huge social programs make it clear that neither political party puts a high priority on reducing the deficit,…

Job market confidence grew in 2012

Confidence in the U.S. job market has rebounded to roughly a normal level from its record low after the Great Recession, a trend that could help boost the economy. Americans…

Gay marriage about to become law in Rhode Island

  The number of U.S. states allowing gay marriage is set to enter double digits now that Rhode Island’s state Senate has taken a landmark vote. Legislation allowing gay and…

Republicans back down on health care rescue

Republicans back down on health care rescue

House Republicans have put off a vote on legislation to rescue a main feature of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — affordable coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions…

Presidents gather to dedicate George W. Bush’s new library

All the living American presidents past and present are gathering in Dallas, a rare reunion to salute one of their own at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential…