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 […]

Internet bubble? Don’t bet on it

Internet bubble? Don’t bet on it

But here’s something to keep in mind as the latest case of Internet fever grips Wall Street: It’s still nowhere close to the giddy days of the dot-com boom, when investors bought stocks as impulsively as lottery tickets. Technology stocks today are the cheapest in more than nine years, at least judging by one benchmark […]

GOP Presidential wannabes invade the South

GOP Presidential wannabes invade the South

As Republicans gather deep in the conservative South to hear from the party’s presidential candidates, they’ll also be sending a not-so-subtle message to President Barack Obama — this is GOP territory. No fewer than five GOP hopefuls were appearing at the four-day Republican Leadership Conference, planning to introduce themselves to activists, operatives and donors who […]

Obama’s Libya report fails to soothe an angry Congress

Obama’s Libya report fails to soothe an angry Congress

The White House is vigorously defending President Barack Obama’s right to keep the U.S. military engaged in Libya without seeking congressional approval, a move that appears to have done little to soothe anger among Republican lawmakers and anti-war Democrats over the president’s consultations with Congress during the nearly three month-long campaign. In a report sent […]