Want instant fame? Try politics

Want instant fame? Try politics

 Wanna be famous? Forget reality TV. The presidential campaign could be just the ticket from nowhere to notoriety. It can be done with a heartfelt story. An off-hand remark. Or simply by having a distant connection to someone who’s Somebody. Think Sandra Fluke. She was just another outspoken college student before her defense of […]

Romney sweeps primaries

Romney sweeps primaries

The Republican presidential nomination all but in hand, Mitt Romney is refocusing his efforts on challenging President Barack Obama, raising cash for the battle ahead and reconciling with onetime primary rival Rick Santorum. “Tonight is the start of a new campaign,” the former Massachusetts governor said Tuesday night as he celebrated a sweep of five […]

Romney looks for sweep in today’s primaries

Romney looks for sweep in today’s primaries

Mitt Romney is all but certain to sweep Tuesday’s five presidential primaries, marking a nearly definitive end to the Republican nomination process. Voters in New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania will cast ballots Tuesday. But Romney won’t be in any of those states Tuesday night. Instead, he’ll return to New Hampshire, the state […]

Congress divided over how or even if to deal with cyberthreats

Congress divided over how or even if to deal with cyberthreats

The mysterious caller claimed to be from Microsoft and offered step-by-step instructions to repair damage from a software virus. The electric power companies weren’t falling for it. The caller, who was never traced or identified, helpfully instructed the companies to enable specific features in their computers that actually would have created a trapdoor in their […]

Romney’s plan: More money for wars, less for health care

Romney’s plan: More money for wars, less for health care

Reducing government deficits Mitt Romney’s way would mean less money for health care for the poor and disabled and big cuts to nuts-and-bolts functions such as food inspection, border security and education. Romney also promises budget increases for the Pentagon, above those sought by some GOP defense hawks, meaning that the rest of the government […]

Congress expands probe into Secret Service scandal

Congress expands probe into Secret Service scandal

Congressional committees are widening their investigations into an alleged U.S. Secret Service scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia ahead of a recent trip there by President Barack Obama. The Senate Homeland Security Committee wants to determine whether what transpired “was an exception” or “a pattern of misconduct that has gone on elsewhere by Secret Service agents,” […]

Ousted agent bragged about ‘checking out’ Sarah Palin

Ousted agent bragged about ‘checking out’ Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin says the joke’s on the ousted Secret Service supervisor who wrote on Facebook that he was “checking her out” while protecting the former Republican vice presidential candidate during the 2008 campaign. “Well, check this out, buddy — you’re fired!” Palin said Thursday in a Fox News interview. David Chaney, one of two supervisors […]

Secret Service closes probe on Ted Nugent

Secret Service closes probe on Ted Nugent

After meeting with rocker Ted Nugent on Thursday, the Secret Service says its probe into what he had to say about President Barack Obama is over. Last weekend during a National Rifle Association meeting in St. Louis, Nugent rallied support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and said of the Obama administration: “We need to […]

Budget debate will haunt both parties in election

Budget debate will haunt both parties in election

Democrats and Republicans are forcing votes in Congress this coming week on competing tax plans that affect millionaires and smaller businesses, and they know the proposals are doomed from the start. But that doesn’t matter to either party. Their efforts, including a Senate vote Monday on President Barack Obama’s “Buffett rule” proposal to impose a […]