Tight security for hearings on Muslim community

Tight security for hearings on Muslim community

Extra security will accompany a New York congressman as he chairs a hearing focused on the U.S. Muslim community and its willingness to help prevent radical Islamic terrorism. Rep. Peter King told The Associated Press that he has had a larger security details for the past few months because of an overseas threat relayed in […]

Former Bush aide faces jail time

Former Bush aide faces jail time

A judge is telling the former government whistle-blower protector that he can’t protect himself from serving at least a month in jail. U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson ruled late Wednesday that President George W. Bush‘s former special counsel, Scott Bloch, cannot withdraw his guilty plea to withholding information from Congress. Bloch argued that he and […]

Libya a serious test for Obama

Libya a serious test for Obama

A month shy of his election in 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama outlined a doctrine for American military force that included crises in which the United States has a “moral obligation” to intervene. As commander in chief, he soon will have to decide whether Libya fits the bill. Obama is facing the sternest test yet […]

Senate may kill both Democratic, GOP budgets

Senate may kill both Democratic, GOP budgets

In a demonstration of official Washington’s often curious logic, the Senate is expected to vote down both a slashing GOP budget bill and a less painful Democratic plan to demonstrate progress instead of gridlock. The idea is to show both sides that they need to move toward each other to break a bitter stalemate over […]

Petraeus: It’s going to be a bad summer

Petraeus: It’s going to be a bad summer

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan says fighting this summer may be worse than last year but some reduction in American forces is still possible in July. Gen. David Petraeus tells The Associated Press that he plans to present President Barack Obama with varying levels of troop reductions that accommodate the president’s July […]

Failed marriages a fact of life for female GIs

Failed marriages a fact of life for female GIs

Two failed marriages were the cost of war for Sgt. Jennifer Schobey. The breaking point in her first marriage came when her husband deployed to Afghanistan, the last in a long line of separations they had endured as they juggled two military careers. Schobey married another combat veteran, but eventually that union failed under the […]

Budget cuts hurting state mental health services

Budget cuts hurting state mental health services

State budget writers looking for cash to balance the books have stripped a cumulative $1.8 billion from mental health services over the last 2 1/2 years, putting the public at risk as the mentally ill crowd emergency rooms and prisons, according to the nation’s largest mental health advocacy group. The Washington-based National Alliance on Mental […]

American military: Too white, too male

American military: Too white, too male

The U.S. military is too white and too male at the top and needs to change recruiting and promotion policies and lift its ban on women in combat, an independent report for Congress said Monday. Seventy-seven percent of senior officers in the active-duty military are white, while only 8 percent are black, 5 percent are […]

Gas prices controlled by more than just oil

Gas prices controlled by more than just oil

When Jay Ricker, owner of the BP gas station off Interstate 70 in Plainfield, Ind., set the price of unleaded gasoline at $3.44 per gallon on Monday of last week, it was 4 cents higher than the Friday before. That alone might have been irritating to drivers paying the highest gas prices in more than […]

Voter anger growing over government workers’ benefits

Voter anger growing over government workers’ benefits

When Erin McFarlane looks at public workers, she sees lucrative pension benefits she doesn’t ever expect to get. And it makes her mad. “I don’t think that a federal employee or government employee is worth any more than anybody else who does their job and does it well,” said the Slinger, Wis., woman. She’s been […]