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Ken Salazar will leave Interior Secretary job in March

Ken Salazar will leave Interior Secretary job in March

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will leave the Obama administration in March, an Obama administration official said Wednesday. Salazar has run the Interior Department throughout President Barack Obama’s first term. Before…

For Obama, a second chance for a speech for the ages

For Obama, a second chance for a speech for the ages

Sixteen presidents before Barack Obama got a second chance at giving an inaugural address for the ages. Most didn’t make much of it. George Washington’s remarks the second time around…

Obama may bypass Congress, use executive action to impose gun control

Obama may bypass Congress, use executive action to impose gun control

Facing powerful opposition to sweeping gun regulations, President Barack Obama is weighing 19 steps that could be taken through executive action alone, congressional officials said. Those steps could include ordering…

New York state passes new, tougher gun-control laws

New York state passes new, tougher gun-control laws

New York lawmakers agreed to pass the toughest gun control law in the nation and the first since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, and now dare other states and Washington…

Military suicides continue to rise

Military suicides continue to rise

For U.S. troops, less combat is not translating to less stress. Members of the military committed suicide at a record pace in 2012 — almost one per day — and…

Lance Armstrong finally admits doping to win races

Lance Armstrong finally admits doping to win races

Lance Armstrong has finally come clean. After years of bitter and forceful denials, he offered a simple “I’m sorry” to friends and colleagues and then admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs…

If debt ceiling reached, what bills won’t be paid?

If debt ceiling reached, what bills won’t be paid?

In the summer of 2011, when a debt crisis like the current one loomed, President Barack Obama warned Republicans that older Americans might not get their Social Security checks unless…

Post election realities push some Congress types towards the middle

Post election realities push some Congress types towards the middle

There’s a lot of political currency these days in being labeled a “problem-solver,” a title that has become highly sought-after following a polarizing election and protracted fight in Congress over…

Critics say too much Hurricane Sandy aid tied to other projects

Critics say too much Hurricane Sandy aid tied to other projects

Conservatives and watchdog groups are mounting a “not-so-fast” campaign against a $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package that Northeastern governors and lawmakers hope to push through the House this coming…

What happens to school where 26 kids died?

What happens to school where 26 kids died?

A month after a gunman killed 26 people at an elementary school, some Newtown parents say the building should be demolished, while others believe the school should be renovated and…