White House ignored warnings about solar company’s problems

White House ignored warnings about solar company’s problems

White House officials discussed the political ramifications of a possible default by a troubled solar energy company that received more than $500 million in federal loans, newly released emails show. Emails released Thursday night show that Obama administration privately worried about the effect of a default by Solyndra Inc. on the president’s re-election campaign. “The […]

Political bickering dominates debt panel

Political bickering dominates debt panel

Digging in for a bruising struggle, Republicans on Congress’ powerful deficit-fighting “supercommittee” targeted Social Security and government health care spending Tuesday while Democrats pressed for higher tax revenue as part of any deal to reduce red ink by at least $1.2 trillion over the next decade. There were no ultimatums from either side, and there […]

Poverty among Americans at all-time high

Poverty among Americans at all-time high

The ranks of America’s poor swelled to almost 1 in 6 people last year, reaching a new high as long-term unemployment left millions of Americans struggling and out of work. The number of uninsured edged up to 49.9 million, the biggest in more than two decades. The Census Bureau‘s annual report released Tuesday offers a […]

Cain tried to conceal gay advisor

Cain tried to conceal gay advisor

Facing concerns from supporters in Iowa, Herman Cain’s presidential campaign tried to conceal the role of a top adviser who had been ousted as leader of a gay pride group in Wisconsin amid a financial scandal, a former staffer has alleged in legal testimony. Cain’s former Iowa straw poll coordinator, Kevin Hall, made the allegation […]

Poll shows deep divisions on gay marriage

Poll shows deep divisions on gay marriage

Barbara Von Aspern loves her daughter, “thinks the world” of the person her daughter intends to marry and believes the pair should have the same legal rights as anyone else. It pains her, but Von Aspern is going to skip their wedding. Her daughter, Von Aspern explains, is marrying another woman. “We love them to […]