Baghdad shelled during Panetta visit

Baghdad shelled during Panetta visit

Three rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone on Monday during a visit to the capital by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Iraqi police said. No casualties were reported. The rockets were fired from a Shiite-dominated neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, said police officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to […]

The dangers of crossing a U.S. Senator

The dangers of crossing a U.S. Senator

After Sen. James Inhofe landed his small plane on a closed runway at a rural South Texas airport last October and sent workers on the ground scrambling, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered him to take remedial piloting lessons. Now it’s FAA officials who are getting a lesson from the 76-year-old Oklahoma Republican on the pitfalls […]

No longer a young society

No longer a young society

America’s cities are beginning to grapple with a fact of life: People are getting old, fast, and they’re doing it in communities designed for the sprightly. To envision how this silver tsunami will challenge a youth-oriented society, just consider that seniors soon will outnumber schoolchildren in hip, fast-paced New York City. It will take some […]

Grim jobs report casts shadow on debt talks

Grim jobs report casts shadow on debt talks

President Barack Obama used a bleak jobs report Friday to prod Congress toward a swift agreement on deficits and the national debt. But the higher unemployment numbers hardened partisan views that a weak economy can’t tolerate added taxes or cuts in spending, both key to the grand deal Obama seeks. White House, congressional negotiators and […]

Obama’s double whammy: High debt, low jobs

Obama’s double whammy: High debt, low jobs

Immersed in an intense struggle to cut the national debt, President Barack Obama faces a dilemma that will stay with him even if he succeeds in striking a grand deal with Congress: convincing Americans that the entire effort will do anything to create desperately needed jobs. Obama ties deficit reduction to jobs, on the basis […]

Can Pawlenty survive?

Can Pawlenty survive?

Trailing in polls and low on cash, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is betting the future of his presidential campaign on Iowa, where a late summer test vote could make or break him. “We look to the Ames straw poll as a chance to show improvement,” Pawlenty said in an interview this week, acknowledging his […]

Immigration law sponsor faces recall

The sponsor of Arizona’s controversial immigration law faces a recall election after opponents collected more than 10,000 voter signatures. County Elections Director Karen Osborne says her office is certifying that the petitions have 10,365 valid signatures of voters from state Sen. Russell Pearce‘s legislative district in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. They needed 7,756 signatures […]

Betty Ford dead at 93

Betty Ford dead at 93

Betty Ford said things that first ladies just don’t say, even today. And 1970s America loved her for it. According to Mrs. Ford, her young adult children probably had smoked marijuana — and if she were their age, she’d try it, too. She told “60 Minutes” she wouldn’t be surprised to learn that her youngest, […]

More budget talks on Sunday

More budget talks on Sunday

With an August deadline for a budget deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling looming, President Barack Obama and congressional negotiators are looking at closing some tax loopholes and cutting popular social benefit programs as they work to reach an agreement between Republicans and Democrats. With the two sides still far apart, Obama has called […]

House mixes messages on Libya

House mixes messages on Libya

The House is sending mixed signals on President Barack Obama‘s military action against Libya, voting to prohibit weapons and training to rebels looking to oust Moammar Gadhafi but stopping short of trying to cut off money for American participation in the NATO-led mission. In a series of votes Thursday, Republicans and Democrats expressed their dissatisfaction […]