Betty Ford dead at 93

Betty Ford dead at 93

Betty Ford said things that first ladies just don’t say, even today. And 1970s America loved her for it. According to Mrs. Ford, her young adult children probably had smoked marijuana — and if she were their age, she’d try it, too. She told “60 Minutes” she wouldn’t be surprised to learn that her youngest, […]

More budget talks on Sunday

More budget talks on Sunday

With an August deadline for a budget deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling looming, President Barack Obama and congressional negotiators are looking at closing some tax loopholes and cutting popular social benefit programs as they work to reach an agreement between Republicans and Democrats. With the two sides still far apart, Obama has called […]

House mixes messages on Libya

House mixes messages on Libya

The House is sending mixed signals on President Barack Obama‘s military action against Libya, voting to prohibit weapons and training to rebels looking to oust Moammar Gadhafi but stopping short of trying to cut off money for American participation in the NATO-led mission. In a series of votes Thursday, Republicans and Democrats expressed their dissatisfaction […]

Obama hosts debt talks

Obama hosts debt talks

President Barack Obama is having friend and foe alike come to the White House to talk about cutting the budget deficit, with less than four weeks to avert a first-ever default on U.S. financial obligations. Thursday’s talks will include top lawmakers in both parties. Negotiations are gaining urgency by the day, because Republicans are insisting […]

Medicaid makes difference

Signing up for Medicaid could improve your overall health and financial security, says a surprising new study that offers clues on how President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul might affect millions of low-income uninsured Americans. The findings run counter to a widespread perception that having a Medicaid card is no better than being uninsured, and […]

FBI joins Arlington probe

FBI joins Arlington probe

The FBI has joined Army agents investigating possible criminal practices at Arlington National Cemetery that may have surrounded the burial of eight sets of cremated human remains found in urns in a single grave. Investigators are looking into whether there was contract fraud at the cemetery and whether burial reservations were made properly, Chris Grey, […]

Obama wins one on Libya

Obama wins one on Libya

In a victory for President Barack Obama, a Senate panel voted Tuesday to approve U.S. participation in the military campaign against Libya and Moammar Gadhafi‘s forces. The 14-5 vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee stood in sharp contrast to the House’s overwhelmingly rejection of a similar step last week, muddling the message about congressional […]

More flubs from Bachmann

More flubs from Bachmann

Michele Bachmann’s claim that she has “never gotten a penny” from a family farm that’s been subsidized by the government is at odds with her financial disclosure statements. They show tens of thousands in personal income from the operation. And, on a less substantive note, she flubbed her hometown history when declaring “John Wayne was […]

Blogo convicted of corruption

Blogo convicted of corruption

Rod Blagojevich, who won two terms as Illinois governor before scandal made him a national punch line, was convicted Monday of a wide range of corruption charges, including trying to sell President Barack Obama’s Senate seat. The verdict, coming after his first trial ended last year with the jury deadlocked on most charges, was a […]