GOP looked for ways to punish Wisconsin Democrats

GOP looked for ways to punish Wisconsin Democrats

Everything from taking away computers to denying a year of service in the state retirement system was considered to punish the 14 Wisconsin Democrats who fled to Illinois for three weeks to block passage of a bill taking away union bargaining rights, newly released emails show. Members of Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald’s staff […]

Obama’s peace trip turns into a war folly

Obama’s peace trip turns into a war folly

  In the heart of his mission to Latin America, President Barack Obama tried to get the world to see what he saw. “Latin America is at peace,” he said in Chile. The world, however, has been busy. His speech was not the story. War always tends to trump peace. In his first extended trip […]

Calculating the escalating cost of Obama’s war on Libya

Calculating the escalating cost of Obama’s war on Libya

Calculating the U.S. price tag for the no-fly zone in Libya is hardly simple math. Four nights of a U.S. and European assault easily tops hundreds of millions of dollars as the international coalition seeks to undermine Moammar Gadhafi’s air defenses and save the rebels from likely defeat. The cost could rise moderately if the […]

Warning couch potatos: Sex can kill you

Warning couch potatos: Sex can kill you

Sex and exercise can trigger heart attacks in older people who don’t get much of either, a new analysis finds. The risk is low, but it’s a good reminder that slackers should change their exercise habits gradually, especially in middle age. People who exercise regularly have a much smaller risk of having a heart attack […]

Obama’s road show shifts to issues closer to home

Obama’s road show shifts to issues closer to home

After days of promoting the international ties that bind, President Barack Obama shifts his Latin American tour to a closer neighbor and the more sensitive U.S. policy interests of immigration, narcotics wars and gun trafficking. The president pivots Tuesday from stops in Brazil and Chile for El Salvador, where he will meet with President Mauricio […]

GOP’s big problem: Finding the perfect candidate

GOP’s big problem: Finding the perfect candidate

Mitt Romney is the godfather of what Republican critics call Obamacare. Newt Gingrich is an adulterer on his third marriage. Tim Pawlenty is too green — environmentally, that is. Jon Huntsman worked for President Barack Obama. And Haley Barbour has come off as dismissive of racial segregation. Is any potential Republican presidential nominee without vulnerabilities […]

Rabid religious right flexes political muscle

Rabid religious right flexes political muscle

Republican presidential candidates take note: the clout of social and religious conservatives is growing in politically crucial Iowa. And these activists are driving the debate here toward cultural issues — and away from the economy — just as the GOP sets out to find an opponent for President Barack Obama. “They’ve gotten more involved in […]

Disfigured construction worker gets face transplant

Disfigured construction worker gets face transplant

A Texas construction worker horribly disfigured in a power line accident has undergone the nation’s first full face transplant in hopes of smiling again and feeling kisses from his 3-year-old daughter. Dallas Wiens, 25, received a new nose, lips, skin, muscle and nerves from an unidentified dead person in an operation paid for by the […]

Japen nuke plant cooling pool reaches boiling point

Japen nuke plant cooling pool reaches boiling point

  Weariness and anxiety percolated Tuesday among people who left their homes near Japan’s radiation-shedding nuclear complex as workers tried urgently to cool an overheated storage pool and methodically to reconnect critical cooling systems. In another day of progress and setbacks, a pool holding spent nuclear fuel heated up to around the boiling point, a […]

Gas, food prices hit rural families hard

Gas, food prices hit rural families hard

Twice a week, Myriam Garcia puts snow chains on her 22-year-old gas guzzler and noses two miles down the hill from her trailer in rural western Montana. Then, instead of turning south and driving the 45 miles to Helena for grocery shopping like she used to, she parks on the side of the road and […]