Vet: ‘Hurt Locker’ movie damaged my reputation’

Vet: ‘Hurt Locker’ movie damaged my reputation’

An Iraq war veteran who claims he is the basis for “The Hurt Locker” wrote in a court filing signed in Afghanistan that the movie has placed his life at risk and subjected him to ridicule about his bomb disposal prowess. “Defendants have essentially placed a bulls-eye on the back of my army uniform/bomb suit […]

Did Obama get his facts straight on schools?

Did Obama get his facts straight on schools?

President Barack Obama declared this week that four of five public schools could be labeled as “failing” this year under the No Child Left Behind Act if Congress does not take action to rewrite the law. “That’s an astonishing number,” he said Monday at a Virginia middle school. “We know that four out of five […]

Patraeus supports Afghan war troop drawdown

Patraeus supports Afghan war troop drawdown

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan insists the military can boost Afghan security forces to fight the Taliban, begin a troop drawdown this summer and fulfill President Barack Obama‘s goal of a long-term partnership with the Kabul government. Facing a skeptical Congress and a war-weary public, Army Gen. David Petraeus is trying to build support […]

House votes to keep government running for three more weeks

House votes to keep government running for three more weeks

The House Tuesday passed a measure blending $6 billion in budget cuts with enough money to keep the government running for an additional three weeks. The measure would buy additional time for talks between Capitol Hill Republicans and the Obama administration on a bill to fund the day-to-day operations of the government through the end […]

Can embattled Obama recapture his old magic?

Can embattled Obama recapture his old magic?

Barack Obama rode a wave of voter passion in 2008 fed largely by intense dislike of President George W. Bush and the Iraq war, plus excitement among young and minority voters at the notion of electing the nation’s first black president. Now, as Obama cranks up his re-election campaign, all those factors are absent. The […]

Petraeus will try to sell Afghan war to skeptical Congress

Petraeus will try to sell Afghan war to skeptical Congress

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is facing an impatient and frustrated Congress, balancing his troops’ solid progress in combat with worries about Kabul government corruption, an expected Taliban resurgence this spring and the slow development of Afghan security forces. Gen. David Petraeus on Tuesday was to deliver his first formal assessment to America at […]

Freedom of Information: An impossible dream?

Freedom of Information: An impossible dream?

Experts on the U.S. Freedom of Information Act are telling Congress that the law remains an unwieldy and inefficient tool for obtaining government records despite President Barack Obama‘s promise to reinvigorate the law and improve his administration’s transparency. John Podesta, president of the progressive Center for American Progress, says in testimony prepared for the Senate […]

Major quake would devastate California

Major quake would devastate California

California will experience unthinkable damage when the next powerful quake strikes, probably within 30 years, even though the state prides itself on being on the leading edge of earthquake science. Modern skyscrapers built to the state’s now-rigorous building codes might ride out the big jolt that experts say is all but inevitable, but the surviving […]