Obama’s budget offers contrasts against GOP extremes

Obama’s budget offers contrasts against GOP extremes

With a blend of tax hikes and spending increases, President Barack Obama’s budget spells out a policy agenda that will distinguish him from Republicans who now control Congress. It also will contain what amount to opening bids for some long-shot compromises. Republicans have already dismissed much of Obama’s initiatives, spelled out in his State of […]

Science knows best: Vaccinate your children

Science knows best: Vaccinate your children

Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children. President Barack Obama’s spokesman, Josh Earnest, said Friday that decisions about vaccinations should be left to parents, but the science on vaccinations “is really clear.” Some parents continue to believe debunked research linking vaccines […]

Things to remember on Budget Day

Things to remember on Budget Day

A quick quiz: Monday is — a) Groundhog Day b) Budget Day c) A day for repeating the same old arguments over spending and taxes, only louder. d) All of the above. If you picked “d,” you’re in the proper spirit for federal Budget Day, which appropriately falls on Groundhog Day this year. It’s safe […]

Struggling with the language of terrorism

Struggling with the language of terrorism

Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism. In the days after a deadly terror spree in Paris, President Barack Obama was criticized for purposely avoiding calling the attacks an example of “Islamic extremism,” settling for the more generic “violent extremism.” This week, the White House struggled […]

Romney rules out another run for President

Romney rules out another run for President

After a three-week flirtation with a new campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016. “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney […]

Red ink? What red ink? Let’s spend more

Red ink?  What red ink? Let’s spend more

The deficit is dead. Long live the deficit. As the nation’s ledger adjusts to decreasing levels of deficit spending, the voices in Washington calling for austerity are barely audible. Republicans want more defense spending. Democrats want more domestic spending. And President Barack Obama wants both. For the first time since the 2011 Budget Control Act […]

Can the Democrats clean up their ‘vision’ act?

Can the Democrats clean up their ‘vision’ act?

President Barack Obama is trying to cheer up House Democrats, urging them to keep battling for middle-class families even as they trumpet brighter news about jobs, energy production and other economic milestones. In that spirit, the lawmakers who saw their numbers shrink in November’s elections vowed to get better at explaining their vision to voters. […]

Now Scott Walker looking to join run for President

Now Scott Walker looking to join run for President

Shifting his focus to Washington, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the increasingly crowded field of GOP White House prospects. The two-term Republican governor will address a Washington audience for the first time this year on Friday afternoon, his only speaking engagement in a day […]

She got America’s first Social Security check

She got America’s first Social Security check

Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 — the first Social Security payout. Fuller, of Ludlow, Vermont, didn’t realize it at the time, but her check helped launch the granddaddy of all entitlement programs. And it secured Fuller, who never married and had no children, a […]

Be careful when using the Super Bowl’s name

Be careful when using the Super Bowl’s name

It is the game that must not be named — at least not without permission. For most people, the game Sunday between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks is the Super Bowl. But for many business owners, it’s simply the “big game” or “game day.” Radio hosts are tripping over their tongues and airport […]

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