Scrambling Gingrich tries return to the high road

Scrambling Gingrich tries return to the high road

Newt Gingrich, suddenly in danger of losing his perch as Mitt Romney’s strongest GOP challenger, is fine-tuning his presidential campaign to place more emphasis on raising money, guarding his home turf and trying to avoid nasty quarrels with the front-runner. Rick Santorum’s stunning success in this week’s elections in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri has fueled […]

Obama wants $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue

Obama wants $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue

President Barack Obama‘s proposal to reduce long-term deficits with $1.5 trillion in new taxes is less an opening bid in a negotiation than it is an opening salvo in a struggle to draw sharp contrasts with congressional Republicans. Obama’s proposal is aimed predominantly at the wealthy and comes just days after House Speaker John Boehner […]

GOP won’t touch Medicare drug plan

GOP won’t touch Medicare drug plan

Republicans want to pull the plug on the health care overhaul they call “Obamacare,” blaming it in part for the United States’ ballooning budget deficit. But they’re quiet when it comes to the Medicare drug benefit — another massive health care entitlement, with unfunded future costs over $7 trillion. Arguably, it could be driving up […]

Calm chaos followed Reno air show disaster

Calm chaos followed Reno air show disaster

Amid the horrific aftermath of the nation’s deadliest air racing disaster, a crash that killed nine and sent about 70 people to Reno-area hospitals, a sort of calm pervaded. Witnesses were spattered with blood and pieces of flesh, yet video of the scene shows paramedics, police and spectators attending to the wounded with a control […]

Rape victim’s life investigated by university’s lawyers

Rape victim’s life investigated by university’s lawyers

Attorneys defending the University of Northern Iowa are heavily scrutinizing the life of a former student who was sexually assaulted by two football players in 2004 and is now accusing the school in a civil lawsuit of mistreating her and mismanaging its athletics department, court records show. The Iowa Attorney General‘s Office has been seeking […]

Bill Clinton: Cheney up to political mischief

Bill Clinton: Cheney up to political mischief

Former President Bill Clinton says he has high regard for Dick Cheney‘s political skills even if the former vice president tries to cause mischief for Democrats. Cheney recently praised Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as one of the Obama administration‘s “most competent” members and said it would be “interesting to speculate” how she might […]

Graham: Election is GOP’s to lose

Graham: Election is GOP’s to lose

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says the upcoming presidential election is the GOP‘s to lose. Graham says President Barack Obama has done “everything he knows how” to beat himself and that people have little confidence in Obama’s policies because they aren’t working. When it comes to who should lead the GOP in the 2012 campaign for […]

Five die in RV at biker fest

Five die in RV at biker fest

Three men and two women at a Tennessee biker festival to raise money for needy children died in a recreational vehicle when fumes from a generator leaked into the camper, an organizer for the event said. Police were investigating the deaths but said no foul play was suspected. Two of the men worked security into […]

Baldwin axed from Emmy show over hacking joke

Baldwin axed from Emmy show over hacking joke

Leonard Nimoy was a last-minute sub for Alec Baldwin on the Emmy Awards opening because of a flap over a joke about News Corp.’s phone hacking scandal. Alec Baldwin had taped the segment, playing a fictional president of the television academy, with show host Jane Lynch. But Baldwin asked that he be left out when […]

GOP wannabes revive privatizing Social Security

GOP wannabes revive privatizing Social Security

Most of the top Republicans running for president are embracing plans to partially privatize Social Security, reviving a contentious issue that fizzled under President George W. Bush after Democrats relentlessly attacked it. As President Barack Obama sidesteps ways to keep the retirement system viable, his would-be rivals are keen on letting younger workers divert part […]