Obama ready to announce run for second term

Obama ready to announce run for second term

President Barack Obama is about to make one of Washington’s worst kept secrets official: He wants a second term. Democratic officials familiar with the president’s plans said Saturday that Obama intends to file papers as early as this coming week with the Federal Election Commission to launch his 2012 re-election campaign. He also will announce […]

Online gone wild for April Fools’ Day

Online gone wild for April Fools’ Day

The online world got an April Fools’ Day makeover as YouTube rolled out 1911 viral videos and the Huffington Post put up a mock pay wall. Lighthearted pranks are an annual Web tradition on April Fools’ Day, with jokey redesigns and parody products. Comedy video website Funny or Die, which last year became “Bieber or […]

Close to deal on spending? Depends on who’s talking

Close to deal on spending? Depends on who’s talking

A bullish President Barack Obama said Friday that compromise is close with Republicans on $33 billion in budget cuts, and he warned that without a deal the ensuing government shutdown would “jeopardize our economic recovery” just as jobs are finally being created. Despite his assessment, negotiators reported little progress, Senate Democrats backtracked on a key […]

So long to federal funding for candidates

So long to federal funding for candidates

A cornerstone of U.S. politics since the 1970s, public funding of presidential campaigns may soon go the way of other relics of the era like long sideburns and lava lamps. Neither President Barack Obama nor any of the leading 2012 Republican contenders is expected to accept federal matching funds and the limits they impose. In […]

Wisconsin anti-union law on hold for two months or more

Wisconsin anti-union law on hold for two months or more

Wisconsin’s polarizing union rights law will remain on hold for at least two months after a judge Friday said she would continue a restraining order blocking its enactment while she considers whether Republicans broke the state open meetings law in passing it. Republicans had been pushing the law through despite a boycott by Democratic state […]

Two straight months of job gains

Two straight months of job gains

Businesses likely posted a second straight month of solid job gains in March, as slow but steady economic growth translated into more hiring. Economists expect the nation added 185,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate stayed at 8.9 percent. That would follow February’s strong gains of 192,000 jobs — the most in almost a […]

House FAA bill vaces Obama veto threat

House FAA bill vaces Obama veto threat

The House is moving toward passage of a sweeping aviation bill packed with controversial safety and labor provisions. A final vote on the Republican-drafted bill is expected on Friday. It provides a blueprint for Federal Aviation Administration programs for the next 3 1/2 years while cutting the agency’s budget by about $4 billion. The bill […]

Will feds indict John Edwards?

Will feds indict John Edwards?

Prosecutors deciding whether to indict John Edwards over payments made to keep his pregnant mistress in hiding are spending more time with their chief witness, Andrew Young, who posed as the father of Edwards’ out-of-wedlock baby during the 2008 presidential campaign. The Associated Press saw Young leaving his attorney’s Washington office after meeting with the […]

Boots on the ground? What boots?

Boots on the ground? What boots?

When U.S. officials promise there will be no American “boots on the ground” in Libya, they aren’t talking literally, nor about footwear. It’s military shorthand that may look to some like rhetorical sleight of hand. But the CIA paramilitary officers now known to be operating alongside rebel forces in the North African nation aren’t part […]

One budget debate, two sets of facts

One budget debate, two sets of facts

To hear the Democrats tell it, House Republicans are being dragged by their extreme tea party allies to shut down the government, yet agreement is near on a sensible package of spending cuts to prevent it. And according to Republicans, Democrats want a government shutdown and talks aren’t all that far along to avoid one. […]