If debt ceiling reached, what bills won’t be paid?

If debt ceiling reached, what bills won’t be paid?

In the summer of 2011, when a debt crisis like the current one loomed, President Barack Obama warned Republicans that older Americans might not get their Social Security checks unless there was a deal to raise the nation’s borrowing limit. After weeks of brinkmanship, Republicans consented and Obama agreed to a deficit-reduction plan the GOP […]

Post election realities push some Congress types towards the middle

Post election realities push some Congress types towards the middle

There’s a lot of political currency these days in being labeled a “problem-solver,” a title that has become highly sought-after following a polarizing election and protracted fight in Congress over raising taxes and curbing spending. With sharp divisions in Washington entering President Barack Obama’s second term, lawmakers from both parties are seeking the political middle […]

Critics say too much Hurricane Sandy aid tied to other projects

Critics say too much Hurricane Sandy aid tied to other projects

Conservatives and watchdog groups are mounting a “not-so-fast” campaign against a $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package that Northeastern governors and lawmakers hope to push through the House this coming week. Their complaint is that lots of the money that lawmakers are considering will actually go toward recovery efforts for past disasters and other projects […]

What happens to school where 26 kids died?

What happens to school where 26 kids died?

A month after a gunman killed 26 people at an elementary school, some Newtown parents say the building should be demolished, while others believe the school should be renovated and the areas where the killings occurred removed. Talk has turned to the future of the Sandy Hook Elementary School as life slowly begins moving forward […]

RFK children: Bobby didn’t believe Warren Commission report on JFK’s death

RFK children: Bobby didn’t believe Warren Commission report on JFK’s death

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced that a lone gunman wasn’t solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a “shoddy piece of craftsmanship.” Kennedy and his sister, Rory, spoke about their family Friday night while being interviewed in front of […]

Obama rules out building jobs-oriented ‘Death Star’

Obama rules out building jobs-oriented ‘Death Star’

A “Death Star” won’t be a part of the U.S. military’s arsenal any time soon. More than 34,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the Obama administration to build the “Star Wars” inspired super-weapon to spur job growth and bolster national defense. But in a posting Friday on the White House website, Paul […]

Lance Armstrong reportedly will ‘come clean’ in Oprah interview

Lance Armstrong reportedly will ‘come clean’ in Oprah interview

Lance Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career during an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late Friday. The interview, scheduled to be taped Monday and broadcast Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, will be conducted at Armstrong’s home in Austin, Texas. Citing an anonymous source, USA Today reported that […]

Gas prices could be lower in 2013, but other costs will rise

Gas prices could be lower in 2013, but other costs will rise

At least gasoline should cost you less in 2013. Hamburger, health care and taxes are all set to take a bigger bite out of the family budget this year. But drivers’ annual gas bills are expected to drop for the first time in four years. Forecasters say ample oil supplies and weak U.S. demand will […]

Biden looks to video game industry to help curb gun-related violence

Biden looks to video game industry to help curb gun-related violence

Looking for broader remedies to gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden is reaching out to the video game industry for ideas as the White House seeks to assemble proposals in response to last month’s massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. Biden is scheduled to meet with video game representatives Friday as the White House explores […]

Obama meeting with Karzai to discuss end of U.S. role in Afghanistan

Obama meeting with Karzai to discuss end of U.S. role in Afghanistan

Charting the course for a war’s end, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai meet Friday at the White House to discuss the future of the U.S. role in Afghanistan and the 66,000 American troops in harm’s way. The two leaders plan a joint afternoon news conference. White House officials said, however, that Obama […]