Wisconsin Democrats: Hey, we can do this for weeks

Wisconsin Democrats: Hey, we can do this for weeks

Democrats on the run in Wisconsin avoided state troopers Friday and threatened to stay in hiding for weeks, potentially paralyzing the state government in a standoff with majority Republicans over union rights for public employees. The dramatic flight from the state stalled a proposal that seeks to ease Wisconsin’s budget woes by cutting the pay, […]

Feds charge more than 100 medical pros with Medicare fraud

Feds charge more than 100 medical pros with Medicare fraud

Federal authorities charged more than 100 doctors, nurses and physical therapists in nine cities with Medicare fraud Thursday, part of a massive nationwide bust that snared more suspects than any other in history. More than 700 law enforcement agents fanned out to arrest dozens of people accused of illegally billing Medicare more than $225 million. […]

Republicans go after unions in states

Republicans go after unions in states

Republicans who swept into power in state capitols this year with promises to cut spending and bolster the business climate now are beginning to usher in a new era of labor relations that could result in the largest reduction of power in decades for public employee unions. But as massive public protests and legislative boycotts […]

Congress begins the great budget gamble

Congress begins the great budget gamble

Having turned its focus from spending cuts to social issues and an assault on the Obama administration‘s regulatory agenda, a battle-weary House reconvenes Friday in hopes of wrapping up action on a big Republican spending bill that would impose sweeping cuts across domestic programs. The measure is but the first step in an increasingly bitter […]

Capitol Hill budget circus continues

Capitol Hill budget circus continues

From left, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen; Defense Secretary Robert Gates; Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale, and others, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, before the HouseArmed Services Committee hearing on the Defense Department’s budget. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Conservatives are trying to cut arts funding while Democrats seek to […]

Dems to GOP: So, where are all the jobs?

Dems to GOP: So, where are all the jobs?

Republicans won sweeping victories last November by taunting Democrats with “Where are the jobs?” Democrats are now throwing those taunts back, saying it’s Republicans who will knock thousands of Americans out of work with their demands for deep cuts in federal spending. The attacks have caught Republicans at an awkward moment, as they shift their […]

Why are credit card rates going up?

Why are credit card rates going up?

Credit card interest rates are climbing. It’s just not clear exactly why. A study released Tuesday suggests that today’s higher rates are mainly a reflection of the struggling economy. That’s contrary to the credit card industry’s refrain that tighter regulations have forced banks to pass costs along to consumers. The average credit card rate rose […]

America to cyber-dissidents: ‘We’re with you’

America to cyber-dissidents: ‘We’re with you’

The United States stands with cyber dissidents and democracy activists from the Middle East to China and beyond, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday. She pledged to expand the Obama administration‘s efforts to foil Internet repression in autocratic states. In an impassioned speech on Internet freedom, Clinton said the administration would spend $25 […]