Shadow of Newt Gingrich looms over shutdown

Shadow of Newt Gingrich looms over shutdown

In this Nov. 20, 1995, file photo, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, of Ga., holds the original budget compromise given to him by White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta during an address before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington. Gingrich was the face of the last federal government shutdown, the fiery House speaker who […]

Social Security ending mailed earning statements

Social Security ending mailed earning statements

Those yearly statements that Social Security mails out — here’s what you’d get if you retired at 62, at 66, at 70 — will soon stop arriving in workers’ mailboxes. It’s an effort to save money and steer more people to the agency’s website. The government is working to provide the statements online by the […]

EMail marketer apologizes

EMail marketer apologizes

The company at the center of a data heist involving Best Buy, Citigroup, and other major brands said Wednesday that the theft of potentially millions of names and email addresses won’t significantly slow its email marketing juggernaut. Epsilon, a subsidiary of Alliance Data Systems Corp., was the victim of a hacking attack that triggered scores […]

Soul Surfer: An inspiring story

Soul Surfer: An inspiring story

For Bethany Hamilton, it’s all about God and surfing. That’s how it was when a shark ripped off her arm as she lolled on a surfboard off the shores of Kauai in 2003, and that’s how it is now as the cinematic version of her story, “Soul Surfer,” opens in theaters nationwide. “He continues to […]

Senate Dems kill GOP climate change ban

Senate Dems kill GOP climate change ban

Senate Democrats on Wednesday defeated a Republican effort to ban the Environmental Protection Agency from controlling the gases blamed for global warming, as House Republicans prepared to pass a bill to block the agency from reducing climate-altering pollution. In a 50-50 vote, the Senate rejected a measure by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and […]

Obama buddy busted for soliciting whore

Obama buddy busted for soliciting whore

One of President Barack Obama’s close friends has been arrested in Honolulu on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute. Robert “Bobby” Titcomb was one of four men arrested in an undercover sting operation late Monday and later released on $500 bail, according to Honolulu police. Titcomb, 49, attended Punahou School in Honolulu with Obama in the […]

End of the road for Glenn Beck’s show

End of the road for Glenn Beck’s show

Glenn Beck later this year will end his Fox News Channel talk show, which has sunk in the ratings and has suffered from an advertiser boycott. Fox and Beck’s company, Mercury Radio Arts, said Wednesday they will stay in business creating other projects for Fox television and digital, starting with some documentaries Beck is preparing. […]

Obama says shutdown will delay pay to troops

Obama says shutdown will delay pay to troops

The Obama administration warned Wednesday that a federal shutdown would undermine the economic recovery, delay pay to U.S. troops fighting in three wars, slow the processing of tax returns and limit small business loans and government-backed mortgages during peak home buying season. The dire message, delivered two days before the federal government’s spending authority expires, […]

Are there any adults in Washington?

Are there any adults in Washington?

Suddenly everyone in Washington wants to be an adult. President Barack Obama says he wants to have an adult dialogue on the budget. Republican lawmakers contend they’re the ones trying to have a grown-up talk. Both sides are pointing fingers yet both have agreed to repeated delays in completing a budget to keep the government […]

Are federal workers overpaid? Checking the facts

Are federal workers overpaid? Checking the facts

Are federal employees overpaid? Republican leaders in Congress think so, and they are calling for an overhaul of the entire federal pay system to help slash government spending. Democrats and other defenders of the government work force say federal workers are actually underpaid compared with their private counterparts. A closer look at the data shows […]