Gay activists: Nice talk Mr. President, now where’s the action?

Gay activists: Nice talk Mr. President, now where’s the action?

President Barack Obama’s emphatic gay-rights advocacy in his inaugural address thrilled many activists. Yet almost immediately came the questions and exhortations as to what steps should be taken next. “I was very moved,” said Jon Davidson, legal director of the gay-rights group Lambda Legal. “But there’s a lot more to do in the four years […]

Recession, tech cost middle class Americans their jobs

Recession, tech cost middle class Americans their jobs

Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over. And the situation is even worse than it appears. Most of the jobs will never return, and millions more are likely to vanish as well, say experts who […]

Obama promises tough, liberal stance on fiscal issues

Obama promises tough, liberal stance on fiscal issues

President Barack Obama devoted one word — “deficit” — to the issue that brought Washington to the brink of fiscal crises time and again during his first term. But it was the paragraph that followed in his inaugural address that foreshadowed what’s to come — more hard bargaining and more last-minute deals driven by Obama’s […]

Files reveal how Catholic church shielded child molesting priests

Files reveal how Catholic church shielded child molesting priests

Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep parishioners in the dark, according to church personnel files. The confidential records filed in a lawsuit against the archdiocese disclose how the church handled abuse […]

Smaller crowds but same excitement for Obama’s second time around

Smaller crowds but same excitement for Obama’s second time around

Schoolteacher Patricia Cooper gazed out at the many hundreds of thousands of people lining the National Mall, moments after Barack Obama had been sworn in for the second time as president. “The media kept saying there were going to be so many fewer people,” said Cooper, 51, from Upper Marlboro, Md. “But look out there!” […]

Worldwide, public trust in government, business at all-time low

Worldwide, public trust in government, business at all-time low

Public trust in business, government and media leaders has fallen in the wake of financial and political scandals, according to a new global survey. Heads of financial institutions did particularly poorly, mainly in richer countries that have suffered financial crises and fined banks for, among other things, manipulating markets and facilitating money-laundering. The 2013 edition […]

With second swearing in, Obama kicks off another term

With second swearing in, Obama kicks off another term

His second term already under way, President Barack Obama aims to set an optimistic tone when he takes the oath again to lead a divided nation seeking solutions to economic woes at home and conflict overseas. Hundreds of thousands are expected to gather on the National Mall to witness Obama’s swearing in and inaugural address […]

Senate Democrats promise something rare: An actual federal budget

Senate Democrats promise something rare: An actual federal budget

Democrats are looking to make new revenue part of the Senate’s first budget in almost four years, which will be released soon after the start of President Barack Obama’s second term. Obama has pushed for a “balanced approach” to solving the nation’s financial woes, including more tax revenue. Republicans for years have complained bitterly that […]

The ‘ace of cakes’ cooks up something special for Obama

The ‘ace of cakes’ cooks up something special for Obama

Baltimore celebrity baker Duff Goldman says the cake he’s baking for President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball is going to be more elegant than crazy, full of stars and stripes and a whole lot of glitter. Goldman says the staff at his Charm City Cakes bakery, which had its extreme cakes featured in the Food Network […]

New Republican House marked more for weakness than power

New Republican House marked more for weakness than power

Celebration doesn’t seem to be high on the agenda as House Republicans, their majority renewed by the voters last fall, lay the groundwork for another challenge to President Barack Obama over federal spending. And no wonder. Their annual retreat this past week in Williamsburg had scarcely begun when they were told that disapproval ratings for […]