Gates: Obama’s actions in Libya legal

Gates: Obama’s actions in Libya legal

For legal reasons, President Barack Obama rejects the word “hostilities” to describe U.S. involvement in Libya’s civil war. Along the same lines, Defense Secretary Robert Gates calls American actions there “a limited kinetic operation.” Definitions are part of the debate over whether Obama is violating the War Powers Resolution by failing to obtain congressional approval […]

Obama impersonator goes too far, booted from GOP confab

Obama impersonator goes too far, booted from GOP confab

A Barack Obama impersonator was ushered off the stage after he mocked the Republican presidential hopefuls and joked about the real president’s biracial roots to a room full of conservative activists Saturday. The Republican Leadership Conference turned the podium over to impersonator Reggie Brown, who drew raucous applause from the GOP’s supporters when he projected […]

Obama will do his own Tweeting

Obama will do his own Tweeting

President Barack Obama is taking a more active role on Twitter, 140 characters at a time. Obama’s campaign said in a posting on its website Friday that Obama will tweet regularly from the popular social media service and his personal tweets will be signed “-BO.” The campaign said it will now manage both Obama’s Twitter […]

States look to Internet taxes for financial salvation

States look to Internet taxes for financial salvation

State governments across the country are laying off teachers, closing public libraries and parks, and reducing health care services, but there is one place they could get $23 billion a year if they could only agree how to do it: Internet retailers such as Amazon.com. That’s enough to pay for the salaries of more than […]

For 2012, Obama thinks big; GOP wants small

For 2012, Obama thinks big; GOP wants small

Republicans hope voters’ fears about jobs and the economy will help them reclaim a handful of Mountain West and Southern states that were crucial to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential win. Obama’s campaign appears just as determined to hold those states next year and force Republicans to spend precious resources defending places they’d like to consider […]

McConnell: Don’t look for long-term deal on debt limit

McConnell: Don’t look for long-term deal on debt limit

The Senate’s top Republican is suggesting a short-term increase in the nation’s borrowing limit unless there’s deal soon that includes changes to big entitlement programs. Economists and Obama administration officials are warning of a calamity if the government defaults on its obligations. The default deadline is Aug. 2. Vice President Joe Biden is leading bipartisan […]

Ron Paul wins GOP straw poll in New Orleans

Ron Paul wins GOP straw poll in New Orleans

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas has won the presidential straw poll at the Republican Leadership Conference. The perennial libertarian candidate won 612 votes from the gathering that brings presidential candidates, party elders, grassroots activists and donors. Coming in second place was former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who served three Republican administrations and then worked as […]

Are Obama and Boehner up to par on issues?

Are Obama and Boehner up to par on issues?

Six months in the making, a much anticipated golf game between two of the world’s most powerful people will unfold on a military base whose location was a closely guarded secret as tee time approached Saturday. The big question was not who would win or lose. Instead it was whether 18 holes of golf could […]

Giffords returns to her hometown

Giffords returns to her hometown

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords lost little time after her release from the hospital in returning to her hometown, visiting Tucson for Father’s Day for the first time since shortly after she was gravely wounded in a shooting rampage in January. “We’ve been dreaming of this trip for some time,” Giffords’ astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, said in […]