Hypocrisy rules in Washington

Hypocrisy rules in Washington

Hypocrisy is nothing new in Washington. The long-running debate over taxes and spending, however, is producing especially blatant examples of politicians contradicting themselves or attacking opponents for taking the very stances they’ve taken themselves. Lawmakers, for instance, denounce the deficit but refuse to let the Postal Service close money-losing offices or end Saturday delivery. They […]

Medicare hike may hurt the middle class

Medicare hike may hurt the middle class

Retired as a city worker, Sheila Pugach lives in a modest home on a quiet street in Albuquerque, N.M., and drives an 18-year-old Subaru. Pugach doesn’t see herself as upper-income by any stretch, but President Barack Obama’s budget would raise her Medicare premiums and those of other comfortably retired seniors, adding to a surcharge that […]

A mother’s plea for real gun control

A mother’s plea for real gun control

The mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shooting used the opportunity to fill in for President Barack Obama during the weekly radio and Internet address to make a personal plea from the White House for action to combat gun violence. “Thousands of other families across the United States are also drowning […]

Republicans subpoena emails of Obama’s Labor nominee

Republicans subpoena emails of Obama’s Labor nominee

GOP lawmakers have subpoenaed the private emails of Labor secretary-nominee Thomas Perez, a possible sticking point ahead of his Senate confirmation hearing next week. The subpoena, issued Wednesday by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrel Issa, R-Calif., to the Justice Department, seeks the emails as part of an investigation into an agreement Perez brokered last year […]

Immigration bill could exclude many from citizenship

Immigration bill could exclude many from citizenship

A bipartisan immigration bill soon to be introduced in the Senate could exclude hundreds of thousands of immigrants here illegally from ever becoming U.S. citizens, according to a Senate aide with knowledge of the proposals. The bill would bar anyone who arrived in the U.S. after Dec. 31, 2011, from applying for legal status and […]

Senate debate on gun background checks starts next week

Senate debate on gun background checks starts next week

The first hurdle cleared with deceptive ease, the Senate turns to the heart of the battle over curbing gun violence next week when it considers a proposal to expand required federal background checks to gun shows and online firearms sales. In a bipartisan 68-31 vote Thursday, senators rejected an effort by conservatives to block debate […]

Second white supremacist arrested as result of Colorado prison chief’s death probe

Second white supremacist arrested as result of Colorado prison chief’s death probe

Both of the white supremacist prison gang members whose names surfaced during an investigation into the slaying of Colorado’s prisons chief are now behind bars. Colorado Springs authorities arrested Thomas Guolee, 31, around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, according to El Paso County sheriff’s officials. They didn’t immediately release circumstances or details of his arrest. He was […]

Three teens arrested for actions leading to 15-year-old’s suicide

Three teens arrested for actions leading to 15-year-old’s suicide

Eight days after allegedly being sexually battered while passed out at a party, and then humiliated by online photos of the assault, 15-year-old Audrie Pott posted on Facebook that her life was ruined, “worst day ever,” and hanged herself. For the next eight months, her family struggled to figure out what happened to their soccer […]

Tornadoes, snow, storms strike Midwest

Tornadoes, snow, storms strike Midwest

Storms packing rain, snow and dangerous winds raked the Midwest and spawned a possible tornado outside of St. Louis that prompted an emergency declaration from Missouri’s governor. To the north icy weather left thousands without power and prompted Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to call out the state Nation Guard to aid residents as the state […]