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 […]

Fact checking Romney’s NRA speech

Fact checking Romney’s NRA speech

Did Vice President Joe Biden really call for a new global business tax on U.S. companies operating abroad? Could it be true that half of high school students in the 50 largest cities don’t graduate? And is President Barack Obama pushing Roman Catholics to “violate the tenets of their faith” with his expansion of mandatory […]

Romney vows to protect gun owners

Romney vows to protect gun owners

The presidential campaign briefly veered from the emotional Mommy Wars on Friday to the back-burner issue of gun rights, with Mitt Romney telling the National Rifle Association that President Barack Obama is not protecting gun owners — even though the topic has rarely arisen during his time in office. Without offering details, Romney said that […]

Obama stands up for Ann Romney

Obama stands up for Ann Romney

President Barack Obama is sticking up for Ann Romney, the wife of Republican rival Mitt Romney and the target of a Democratic operative who suggested that she’s unqualified to speak about the economy’s tolls because she’s “never worked a day in her life.” “It was the wrong thing to say,” Obama told WCMH-TV in Columbus, […]