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 […]

Akaka joins growing list of retiring Senators

Akaka joins growing list of retiring Senators

With a tiny campaign war chest and indications that powerful Democrats wouldn’t support a re-election bid, Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii announced he would step down after his term expires next year. The 86-year-old Democrat — the only U.S. senator of Native Hawaiian or Chinese ancestry — became on Wednesday the seventh senator to recently […]

Court removes Charlie Sheen’s sons from his home

Court removes Charlie Sheen’s sons from his home

Charlie Sheen said Wednesday that after his two young sons were removed from his house overnight, he’s “very calm and focused” but ready to fight to get them back. Interviewed live on NBC’s “Today” show, Sheen said the nearly 2-year-old twins, Bob and Max, were removed after a court order was granted to his estranged […]

HSBC halts foreclosures after government review

HSBC halts foreclosures after government review

HSBC Holdings PLC is suspending foreclosures in the U.S. after a government review of the lender‘s procedures revealed problems with the way it handled some home repossessions. The London-based bank’s foreclosure moratorium came to light in its annual report Tuesday. HSBC said U.S. government officials determined there were certain deficiencies in the way the lender […]

Senate set to send Obama stopgap spending bill

Senate set to send Obama stopgap spending bill

In an early victory for Republicans, the Democratic Senate is voting to send President Barack Obama a GOP-drafted measure that cuts $4 billion in spending as the price for keeping the government open for an additional two weeks. Sweeping bipartisan support is expected Wednesday for the measure, which passed the House on Tuesday by a […]

Mike Huckabee lied about Obama’s Kenyan roots

Mike Huckabee lied about Obama’s Kenyan roots

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee suggested in a radio interview that President Barack Obama‘s childhood in Kenya shaped his worldview — even though Obama did not visit Kenya until he was in his 20s. The potential Republican presidential candidate told New York radio station WOR on Monday that Obama’s youth led him to resent the […]

Will Wisconsin battle restore union power?

Will Wisconsin battle restore union power?

In trying to take away nearly all collective bargaining rights from state workers, Wisconsin‘s governor may have unintentionally given the American labor movement the lift it needed after years of decline. That was the sentiment this week at the annual meeting of the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation. “We’ve never seen the incredible solidarity […]