Democrats bring in the big dog for their convention

Democrats bring in the big dog for their convention

Former President Bill Clinton will have a marquee role in this summer’s Democratic National Convention, where he will make a forceful case for President Barack Obama’s re-election and his economic vision for the country, several Obama campaign and Democratic party officials said Sunday. The move gives the Obama campaign an opportunity to take advantage of […]

Obama, GOP continue petty, partisan, political sniping

Obama, GOP continue petty, partisan, political sniping

New day, old bickering between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans. Obama used his Saturday radio and Internet address to finger GOP lawmakers for a stalemate that could increase taxes on Americans next year. A leading Republican senator cast the president and his Democratic Party as obstructionists who want to place the tax burden on […]

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. transferred to Mayo Clinic

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. transferred to Mayo Clinic

The announcement that Jesse Jackson Jr. had been transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota pinned down his whereabouts for the first time in weeks and gave clear confirmation that the Illinois congressman is suffering from depression. It also was the first mention that he’s now being treated for a “gastrointestinal issue,” which some experts […]

Lots of doom and gloom in economic outlook

Lots of doom and gloom in economic outlook

A U.S. economy that plodded along in the first three months of the year likely grew even less in the April-June quarter. And most economists no longer think growth will strengthen much in the second half of 2012. Weaker hiring, nervous consumers, sluggish manufacturing and the overhang of Europe’s debt crisis might be pointing toward […]

White House: New gun laws? We don’t need no stinkin’ new gun laws

White House: New gun laws? We don’t need no stinkin’ new gun laws

President Barack Obama will not push for stricter gun laws this election year, the White House said Thursday, one day after his impassioned remarks about the need to keep assault weapons off the streets suggested he may plunge into that political fight and challenge Congress to act. Instead, Obama’s stand on the government’s role ended […]

Rebuilding Iraq: A monument to massive waste, too many deaths

Rebuilding Iraq: A monument to massive waste, too many deaths

In the first tally of its kind, a federal investigative agency has calculated that at least 719 people, nearly half of them Americans, were killed working on projects to rebuild Iraq following the U.S. invasion in 2003. The toll represents an aspect of the Iraq war that is rarely brought to public attention, overshadowed by […]

Romney, Obama differ on approaches to curb gun violence

Romney, Obama differ on approaches to curb gun violence

The politics of guns leapt to the top of the presidential race Wednesday, as President Barack Obama embraced some degree of control of weapons sales and Republican Mitt Romney seemed to suggest an alleged mass killer in Colorado had obtained his weapons illegally even though he hadn’t. Speaking to a mostly black audience in New […]

Feinstein on leaks: ‘Sure sorry I said that’

Feinstein on leaks: ‘Sure sorry I said that’

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that she shouldn’t have speculated about the White House’s responsibility for national security leaks because she didn’t know the source of the unauthorized disclosures. Just hours after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney seized on her comments to criticize President Barack Obama, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., issued […]