Highway deaths at lowest level in 62 years

Highway deaths at lowest level in 62 years

Highway deaths have plummeted to their lowest levels in more than 60 years, helped by more people wearing seat belts, better safety equipment in cars and efforts to curb drunken driving. The Transportation Department estimated Friday that 32,788 people were killed on U.S. roads in 2010, a decrease of about 3 percent from 2009. It’s […]

Ann Coulter takes her road show to Wyoming

Ann Coulter takes her road show to Wyoming

Ann Coulter delivered her edgy brand of conservatism to a mostly receptive audience at the University of Wyoming Thursday night, where memories are fresh of the school’s controversial handling last year of a former 1960s radical’s speech. About 1,500 people, including about three dozen protesters, showed up to hear her talk and a question-and-answer session, […]

Boehner snubs tea party, shows willingness to compromise

Boehner snubs tea party, shows willingness to compromise

  Despite fresh pressure from tea party conservatives, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that Republicans “can’t impose our will” on the White House and Senate Democrats on legislation to cut tens of billions of dollars in federal spending. At a news conference, Boehner, R-Ohio, denied Democratic suggestions that he has already agreed to jettison […]

Tea party faithful rally but does anyone care?

Tea party faithful rally but does anyone care?

Jenny Beth Martin looked out on the rain-dampened crowd along Constitution Avenue and pointed over her shoulder at the Capitol. “They heard us, but they’re not listening!” Martin, a tea party leader, told members of the movement that helped put Republicans in charge of the House last November. The crowd booed. Four months after the […]

CIA operatives reported on the ground in Libya

CIA operatives reported on the ground in Libya

The CIA has sent small teams of operatives into Libya after the agency’s station in the capital was forced to close, and officers assisted in rescuing one of the two crew members of an F-15E Strike Eagle that crashed, an American official and a former U.S. intelligence officer told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The […]

Biden claims budget progress

Biden claims budget progress

Vice President Joe Biden reported “good progress” Wednesday in budget talks to prevent a government shutdown next week as congressional negotiators began work on a proposal for around $33 billion in spending cuts over the next six months — considerably less than tea party activists demanded. “There’s no reason why, with all that’s going on […]

House Republicans demand IRS audit of AARP

House Republicans demand IRS audit of AARP

AARP lobbied for the new health care law and now it stands to profit, Republican lawmakers charged Wednesday as they called for the IRS to investigate whether the powerful interest group representing older Americans should be stripped of its federal tax exemption. Three veteran GOP representatives released a report that estimates the seniors lobby could […]

Las Vegas pays homage to mob past

Las Vegas pays homage to mob past

Speakeasies, bootleggers, gun-wielding crime bosses and tough-guy accents pay homage to Las Vegas’ mob roots in a pair of new attractions showcasing Sin City’s criminal history. An interactive attraction featuring gangster memorabilia and commentary from film mobsters James Caan, Mickey Rourke and Frank Vincent opens Wednesday on the Las Vegas Strip. And Las Vegas Mayor […]

Congress still looking for answers on Obama’s Libyan war

Congress still looking for answers on Obama’s Libyan war

President Barack Obama is under pressure from Congress to spell out an exit strategy for the U.S. military in Libya and provide a clear plan to end Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s 42-year rule as the American public remains fiercely divided over the war. Obama delivered a full-throated defense of his decision to deploy military forces to […]

Another day, another union-busting bill in another state

Another day, another union-busting bill in another state

An Ohio bill that would limit collective bargaining rights for 350,000 public workers was poised for a vote before the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday, one of its final hurdles before the measure goes to the governor. The vote comes a day after a legislative committee approved changes to make the bill even tougher for unions. […]