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 […]

Budget fights put Daniels in national spotlight

Budget fights put Daniels in national spotlight

Gov. Mitch Daniels has spent years talking about issues that typically make voters’ eyes glaze over: Cutting spending. Balancing budgets. Shrinking government. The priorities haven’t changed much in Daniels’ six years as governor. But suddenly voters are paying attention. Budget showdowns in Wisconsin, Ohio and New Jersey are drawing fresh, national attention to issues Daniels […]

Gates: U.S. must stay in Afghanistan

Gates: U.S. must stay in Afghanistan

“Obviously it would be a small fraction of the presence that we have today, but I think we’re willing to do that,” Gates told a group of U.S. troops at Bagram air field, which is headquarters for U.S. and NATO forces in eastern Afghanistan. “My sense is, they (Afghan officials) are interested in having us […]

Sears makes move on Amazon affiliates

Sears makes move on Amazon affiliates

Another competitor of Amazon.com Inc. is looking to take advantage of the retailer’s disputes over sales taxes. Sears Holdings Corp. sent a letter to affiliate sellers of Amazon on Thursday, inviting them to join up with Sears instead. The move came after Amazon said it would stop working with its affiliate sellers in some states […]

Obama, in search of a deal, offers deeper spending cuts

Obama, in search of a deal, offers deeper spending cuts

President Barack Obama says he’s willing to make deeper spending cuts if Congress can compromise on a budget deal that would end the threat of a government shutdown. Obama’s appeal for common ground came Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address, but lacked specifics on how to bridge the $50 billion gulf that divides […]

Anti-abortion plans create headache for Republicans

Anti-abortion plans create headache for Republicans

The Republicans’ “Pledge for America” says the new majority will do both. But negotiations over the federal budget threaten to force the GOP, including its 87 House freshmen, to choose between them. It’s a lesson in congressional reality that has Republicans struggling with how to vote — and what to do — when a divided […]

Obama may tap oil reserves to fight rising gas prices

Obama may tap oil reserves to fight rising gas prices

President Barack Obama’s chief of staff says the administration is looking at the nation’s oil reserves as it considers options for dealing with the spike in gas prices. The price of a barrel of oil has passed $100. In the U.S., gasoline is averaging $3.50 a gallon. Those increases come amid unrest in the oil-producing […]