Who fired first shots of the Civil War?

Who fired first shots of the Civil War?

A raid 150 years ago by Confederate sympathizers on a Union fort at what is now Pensacola Naval Air Station was likely little more than an ill-planned and drunken misadventure, perhaps ended by one soldier’s warning shot — and a blank one, at that. But don’t tell Pensacola residents that the Jan. 8, 1861, skirmish […]

At 63, James Taylor ‘still hungry’

At 63, James Taylor ‘still hungry’

James Taylor has filled huge arenas, won five Grammys, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and influenced generations of musicians. His 2010 Troubadour Reunion Tour with Carole King was a major commercial success. Yet every single time he gives a concert, he worries people won’t come. “That’s always the question,” says […]

Obama saved favorite programs from budget cuts

Obama saved favorite programs from budget cuts

A close look at the government shutdown-dodging agreement to cut federal spending by $38 billion reveals that lawmakers significantly eased the fiscal pain by pruning money left over from previous years, using accounting sleight of hand and going after programs President Barack Obama had targeted anyway. Such moves permitted Obama to save favorite programs — […]

Obama claims ‘everything’ is on the table for cuts

Obama claims ‘everything’ is on the table for cuts

President Barack Obama, plunging into the rancorous struggle over America’s mountainous debt, will draw sharp differences with Republicans Wednesday over how to conquer trillions of dollars in spending while somehow working out a compromise to raise some taxes and trim a cherished program like Medicare. Obama’s speech will set a new long-term deficit-reduction goal and […]

Obama set to kick off 2012 fundraising

Obama set to kick off 2012 fundraising

President Barack Obama will kick off his 2012 campaign fundraising efforts later this week in his hometown of Chicago, which will also serve as the headquarters for his campaign. The president, who raised a whopping $750 million in 2008 and may raise as much as $1 billion this time around, formally announced his re-election last […]

Republicans find themselves on Medicare hot seat

Republicans find themselves on Medicare hot seat

Now it’s their turn to try to fix the health care mess. Republicans, just like President Barack Obama, may discover that’s easier said than done. The GOP budget expected to go to the full House this week would remake health care programs for the elderly and the poor that have been in place for nearly […]

Barbour’s lobbyist past could complicate campaign

Barbour’s lobbyist past could complicate campaign

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is embracing his background as one of Washington’s top lobbyists, saying his powers of persuasion would be an asset if he wins the White House. But an Associated Press review of lobbying by the powerhouse firm Barbour helped found before his first campaign for governor shows that he represented clients on […]

Pentagon backing away from Iraq withdrawal deadline

Pentagon backing away from Iraq withdrawal deadline

Eight months shy of its deadline for pulling the last American soldier from Iraq and closing the door on an 8-year war, the Pentagon is having second thoughts. Reluctant to say it publicly, officials fear a final pullout in December could create a security vacuum, offering an opportunity for power grabs by antagonists in an […]

Feds stopped 360 terrorists from flying into U.S.

Feds stopped 360 terrorists from flying into U.S.

The U.S. government has prevented more than 350 people suspected of ties to al-Qaida and other terrorist groups from boarding U.S.-bound commercial flights since the end of 2009, The Associated Press has learned. The tighter security rules — imposed after the attempted bombing of an airliner on Christmas 2009 — reveal a security threat that […]

Obama ready to lay out his spending plan

Obama ready to lay out his spending plan

President Barack Obama and Congress are shifting from short-term budget concerns to debates over the nation’s long-term economic future, and everything — from Medicare and Medicaid cuts to tax hikes for the wealthy — is on the table. Much will be revealed at midweek, when the House and Senate are expected to vote on a […]