An unusual result from Iowa’s ‘bi-partisan’ abortion law

An unusual result from Iowa’s ‘bi-partisan’ abortion law

While many states passed sweeping abortion laws last year, the Iowa General Assembly endorsed just one — a perplexing measure befitting one of the few legislatures under divided control. The GOP-led House and the Democratic-controlled Senate, in a compromise, put Gov. Terry Branstad in charge of signing off on any payments for publicly funded abortions. […]

Issa calls Obama an ‘imperial’ President

Issa calls Obama an ‘imperial’ President

His party divided, Rep. Darrell Issa, the chief Republican attack dog, is calling on the GOP to abandon government-backed solutions and instead unite against President Barack Obama’s “imperial presidency.” The California congressman said during a rare New Hampshire tour that he’s not interested in running for the White House, but wants to play a key […]

Yegads! NSA abuses unite liberals and tea party

Yegads! NSA abuses unite liberals and tea party

Hoyt Sparks says he has no use for liberal Democrats and their “socialistic, Marxist, communist” ways. Toni Lewis suspects tea party Republicans are “a bunch of people who probably need some mental health treatment.” Politically speaking, the tea-party supporter in rural North Carolina and the Massachusetts liberal live a world apart. Who or what could […]

Dems step up pressure for immigration vote

Dems step up pressure for immigration vote

House Democrats are determined to cast an election-year spotlight on Republican opposition to raising the minimum wage and overhauling immigration laws. To try to accomplish that in the GOP-controlled House, Democrats are planning to rely on an infrequently used, rarely successful tactic known as a “discharge petition.” It requires the minority party — in this […]

Obama signs bills raising debt limit, restoring vet benefits

Obama signs bills raising debt limit, restoring vet benefits

President Barack Obama on Saturday signed separate measures into law to lift the federal debt limit and restore benefits that had been cut for younger military retirees. Obama signed the bills during a weekend golf vacation in Southern California. The debt limit measure allows the government to borrow money to pay its bills, such as […]

Army misconduct on a rapid rise

Army misconduct on a rapid rise

The number of U.S. soldiers forced out of the Army because of crimes or misconduct has soared in the past several years as the military emerges from a decade of war that put a greater focus on battle competence than on character. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows that the number of officers who […]

Pro gay-marriage decisions send homophobes reeling

Pro gay-marriage decisions send homophobes reeling

Opponents of same-sex marriage are scrambling to find effective responses, in Congress and state legislatures, to a rash of court rulings that would force some of America’s most conservative states to accept gay nuptials. Some gay-marriage foes are backing a bill recently introduced in both chambers of Congress that would leave states fully in charge […]