Pentagon looking to replace helicopters

Pentagon looking to replace helicopters

The Pentagon is committed to early design work on a new aircraft that will replace thousands of helicopters now used by the U.S. military, its first “clean sheet design” program in years, the Army official heading the effort said on Friday. Dan Bailey, a former Apache helicopter pilot who heads the “future vertical lift” program […]

Arizona bill uses religion to promote homophobia

Arizona bill uses religion to promote homophobia

The Arizona Legislature gave final approval to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal “state-sanctioned discrimination” and an embarrassment. The 33-27 vote by the House Thursday evening sends the legislation to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer and puts Arizona back at […]

Obama cutting back on budget deficit reductions

Obama cutting back on budget deficit reductions

President Barack Obama will propose an election-year budget that would drop reductions he had previously embraced in federal benefits, officials disclosed Thursday. He also will ask Congress to approve about $56 billion in new or expanded programs, stepping back from aggressive efforts to tackle long-term government deficits and debt. Obama is scrapping his previous offer […]

FCC to rewrite Ineternet neutrality rules

FCC to rewrite Ineternet neutrality rules

The Federal Communications Commission says it won’t appeal a court decision that struck down rules it designed to ensure that the transmission of all Internet content be treated equally. The agency says it will fashion new rules. The chairman of the FCC announced Wednesday that the agency will rewrite the anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules following […]

Does low inflation hurt the economy?

Does low inflation hurt the economy?

Historically low inflation has taken hold across the developed world, from the United States to Europe to Japan. Economists say super-low inflation has likely slowed growth in those regions, which is why the world’s central banks would like prices to rise. Last year, overall U.S. prices inched up just 1.1 percent, according to the Federal […]

Raising minimum wage could cost half-million jobs by 2016

Raising minimum wage could cost half-million jobs by 2016

A report by Congress’ nonpartisan budget analysts seems to have thrown Democrats onto the defensive after it concluded that the party’s drive to boost the federal minimum wage could cost a half-million jobs by 2016. A Congressional Budget Office report released Tuesday concluded that a gradual increase to $10.10 hourly by that year — which […]

Chelsea Clinton praises ‘incredible progress’ on gay rights

Chelsea Clinton praises ‘incredible progress’ on gay rights

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton said Sunday that the gay-rights cause made “incredible progress” on political and legal fronts in 2013, but progress should not be mistaken for success. Clinton called lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues “the unfinished business of the 21st century” in an address at a national conference in Las Vegas where […]