Obama proposes to $6.5 billion in spending cuts but it might not sell

Obama proposes to $6.5 billion in spending cuts but it might not sell

The White House called for $6.5 billion in immediate spending cuts Thursday as negotiations opened with tea party-backed Republicans in Congress seeking reductions nearly 10 times as large in their drive to reduce the size of federal government. “The conversation will continue,” Vice President Joe Biden said in a one-sentence statement after an hour-long meeting […]

So many budget claims, so few facts

So many budget claims, so few facts

It sounds like a pretty good starting point for negotiations: The White House and Capitol Hill Democrats say they’re ready to meet the GOP halfway in the latest round of budget talks, offering $50 billion in cuts compared with Republicans’ proposed $100 billion worth of reductions. “The White House has been willing to move halfway […]

Student sues FBI over GPS tracking

Student sues FBI over GPS tracking

  A community college student who says he’s never done anything that should attract the interest of federal law enforcement officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the FBI for secretly putting a GPS tracking device on his car. Yasir Afifi, 20, says a mechanic doing an oil change on his car in October discovered the […]

FBI agent thought dead is still alive

FBI agent thought dead is still alive

In an instant, the disappearance of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson in Iran went from a cold case to something very hot. After nearly four years without word about what happened to Levinson, his family received proof late last year that the father of seven was alive. It was a dramatic development that sharply intensified […]

WVa Dems slam Boehner for blocking vets ceremony at Capitol

WVa Dems slam Boehner for blocking vets ceremony at Capitol

West Virginia’s two Democratic senators blamed House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday after their hopes of having the remains of World War I veteran Frank Buckles honored in the Capitol Rotunda were dashed, at least for now. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin III both released statements saying the Ohio Republican had blocked the Capitol […]

Wisconsin state workers brace for layoffs

Wisconsin state workers brace for layoffs

Thousands of Wisconsin state workers were bracing for layoff notices Friday as Republican Gov. Scott Walker and absent Democrats remained in a standoff over a budget balancing bill that would also strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights. Walker said he would issue 1,500 layoff notices Friday if at least one of the 14 […]

Supremes side with anti-gay church over military funeral protests

Supremes side with anti-gay church over military funeral protests

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a grieving father’s pain over mocking protests at his Marine son’s funeral must yield to First Amendment protections for free speech. All but one justice sided with a fundamentalist church that has stirred outrage with raucous demonstrations contending God is punishing the military for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality. […]

GOP wins first budget battle, but long, bitter war remains

GOP wins first budget battle, but long, bitter war remains

Republicans won an early round Wednesday in their fight to shrink the government, pushing $4 billion in spending cuts through Congress in a bill that puts off the possibility of a government shutdown for two weeks. Largely a spectator so far, President Barack Obama dispatched his vice president to initiate negotiations on a broader, longer-term […]

Why the White House is tempering its stance on Libya

Why the White House is tempering its stance on Libya

  The Obama administration is tempering its tough talk on Libya with a dose of reality, explaining that even a no-fly zone over the country would require a military attack on Moammar Gadhafi‘s regime. The Pentagon made it clear that it didn’t want war. Statements Wednesday by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State […]

Army looks at changes in training regimen

Army looks at changes in training regimen

Sit-ups don’t make a soldier, the Army has decided. So its 30-year-old fitness requirements are getting a battlefield-inspired makeover. Soon every soldier will have to run on a balance beam with two 30-pound canisters of ammunition, drag a sled weighted with 180 pounds of sandbags and vault over obstacles while carrying a rifle. Those were […]