Republicans to skip Obama inaugural, head out of town

Republicans to skip Obama inaugural, head out of town

For many Republicans, this is a good weekend to get away from it all. With hundreds of thousands of Democrats traveling to nation’s capital for President Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremonies, Republicans and supporters of last fall’s GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, are leaving town for sunny vacation destinations and company conferences or staying indoors and […]

Finally, a little emotion from Lance Armstrong

Finally, a little emotion from Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong finally cracked. Not while expressing deep remorse or regrets, though there was plenty of that in Friday night’s second part of Armstrong’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. It wasn’t over the $75 million in sponsorship deals that evaporated over the course of two days, or having to walk away from the Livestrong cancer charity […]

Americans see big problems ahead if debt limit is not raised

Americans see big problems ahead if debt limit is not raised

Most Americans think jarring economic problems will erupt if lawmakers fail to increase the government’s borrowing limit. Yet they’re torn over how or even whether to raise it, leaning toward Republican demands that any boost be accompanied by spending cuts. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, 53 percent say that if the debt limit is […]

Republicans wants to change laws to control elections

Republicans wants to change laws to control elections

After back-to-back presidential losses, Republicans in key states want to change the rules to make it easier for them to win. From Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, GOP officials who control legislatures in states that supported President Barack Obama are considering changing state laws that give the winner of a state’s popular vote all of its Electoral […]

Armstrong admits doping, says he is ‘a flawed man’

Armstrong admits doping, says he is ‘a flawed man’

He did it. He finally admitted it. Lance Armstrong doped. He was light on the details and didn’t name names. He mused that he might not have been caught if not for his comeback in 2009. And he was certain his “fate was sealed” when longtime friend, training partner and trusted lieutenant George Hincapie, who […]

Obama faces tough shootout on gun control in Congress

Obama faces tough shootout on gun control in Congress

President Barack Obama’s sweeping gun-control package faces an uncertain future on Capitol Hill, where majority House Republicans are rejecting his proposals while the president’s allies in the Democratic-controlled Senate are stopping well short of pledging immediate action. The fate of his plan could ultimately hinge on a handful of moderate Democratic senators. Although they are […]

America riddled with deficient levees

America riddled with deficient levees

Inspectors taking the first-ever inventory of flood control systems overseen by the federal government have found hundreds of structures at risk of failing and endangering people and property in 37 states. Levees deemed in unacceptable condition span the breadth of America. They are in every region, in cities and towns big and small: Washington, D.C., […]