Newt’s run for President: A campaign on life support

Newt’s run for President: A campaign on life support

His presidential campaign on life support, Newt Gingrich ran into the county coroner at a recent tea party event in South Carolina. “I’m not here because you’re looking ill or anything,” Rae Wooten assured the former U.S. House speaker at Tuesday’s event in North Charleston. A chuckling Gingrich feigned relief. For the embattled White House […]

Deadlock of inflexible rhetoric

Deadlock of inflexible rhetoric

President Barack Obama and GOP lawmakers, hundreds of billions of dollars short of their goal and seemingly trapped in inflexible bargaining positions, are struggling for agreement on $2 trillion-plus in budget cuts as the price for maintaining the government’s ability to borrow. Lawmakers were asked to return to the White House for talks Tuesday afternoon […]

Anatomy of GOP hardliners

Anatomy of GOP hardliners

On the surface, it would seem like an opportune time for Congress to include targeted tax hikes as part of a cost-cutting package to reduce the huge federal deficit. Federal taxes, as a share of the overall economy, are at their lowest levels since 1950. A return to the higher income tax rates of the […]

Debt limit: Tick, tick, tick…

Debt limit: Tick, tick, tick…

With pressuring continuing to build but no breakthroughs in sight, budget bargaining between President Barack Obama and top lawmakers resumes Monday at the White House, with both sides hoping to slash the deficit as the price for permitting the government to borrow more than $2 trillion to pay its bills. In a rare Sunday meeting […]

Baghdad shelled during Panetta visit

Baghdad shelled during Panetta visit

Three rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone on Monday during a visit to the capital by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Iraqi police said. No casualties were reported. The rockets were fired from a Shiite-dominated neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, said police officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to […]

The dangers of crossing a U.S. Senator

The dangers of crossing a U.S. Senator

After Sen. James Inhofe landed his small plane on a closed runway at a rural South Texas airport last October and sent workers on the ground scrambling, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered him to take remedial piloting lessons. Now it’s FAA officials who are getting a lesson from the 76-year-old Oklahoma Republican on the pitfalls […]

No longer a young society

No longer a young society

America’s cities are beginning to grapple with a fact of life: People are getting old, fast, and they’re doing it in communities designed for the sprightly. To envision how this silver tsunami will challenge a youth-oriented society, just consider that seniors soon will outnumber schoolchildren in hip, fast-paced New York City. It will take some […]

Grim jobs report casts shadow on debt talks

Grim jobs report casts shadow on debt talks

President Barack Obama used a bleak jobs report Friday to prod Congress toward a swift agreement on deficits and the national debt. But the higher unemployment numbers hardened partisan views that a weak economy can’t tolerate added taxes or cuts in spending, both key to the grand deal Obama seeks. White House, congressional negotiators and […]

Obama’s double whammy: High debt, low jobs

Obama’s double whammy: High debt, low jobs

Immersed in an intense struggle to cut the national debt, President Barack Obama faces a dilemma that will stay with him even if he succeeds in striking a grand deal with Congress: convincing Americans that the entire effort will do anything to create desperately needed jobs. Obama ties deficit reduction to jobs, on the basis […]

Can Pawlenty survive?

Can Pawlenty survive?

Trailing in polls and low on cash, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is betting the future of his presidential campaign on Iowa, where a late summer test vote could make or break him. “We look to the Ames straw poll as a chance to show improvement,” Pawlenty said in an interview this week, acknowledging his […]