White House delays Freedom of Information responses

Insiders at the Homeland Security Department warned for months that senior Obama administration appointees were improperly delaying the releases of government files on politically sensitive topics as sought by citizens, journalists and watchdog groups under the Freedom of Information Act, according to uncensored emails newly obtained by The Associated Press. The highly unusual political vetting […]

Obama to try and sell Libya war to Congress, nation

Obama to try and sell Libya war to Congress, nation

President Barack Obama is offering Congress and an anxious public his first detailed accounting of his rationale for U.S. military involvement in Libya and perhaps an answer to the burning question: What’s next? His speech, set for 7:30 p.m. EDT Monday, comes after the administration scored an important diplomatic victory. NATO ambassadors on Sunday approved […]

Tempers run short in budget showdown

Tempers run short in budget showdown

Congress returns to Washington this week under mounting pressure to strike an agreement with President Barack Obama on a bill to fund the government. That’s proving difficult enough. Then comes the harder part for House Speaker John Boehner: convincing his many tea party-backed GOP freshmen that the sort of split-the-differences measure Obama could sign isn’t […]

NATO assuming command of Libya air strikes

NATO assuming command of Libya air strikes

NATO will assume command of all aerial operations in Libya from the U.S.-led force that has been conducting air strikes against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, officials said Sunday. NATO jets on Sunday already began enforcing the no-fly zone, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced. Diplomats said the full transfer of authority would take several days. “NATO allies […]

What if hell doesn’t exist?

What if hell doesn’t exist?

What does hell mean to you? Is it an endless nightmare for sinners and unsaved souls, as mainstream Christianity has taught for centuries? Or is hell here on Earth, in the distractions, addictions and emptiness of daily life? Those ideas are receiving fresh scrutiny from some believers after a prominent evangelical pastor questioned the traditional […]

GOP scores early budget victories without shutdown

GOP scores early budget victories without shutdown

Less than three months into a tea party-flavored Congress, federal budget cuts amount to $10 billion. Government shutdowns total zero.   That translates into twin early triumphs for Republicans, who are determined to reduce spending and have so far defied attempts by congressional Democrats to cast them as an uncontrollable rabble that would just as […]

For real estate, it’s a buyer’s market

For real estate, it’s a buyer’s market

In suburban Chicago, it’s paradise to be a homebuyer. At the Millbrook Pointe development in quaint and pristine Wheeling, a $269,000, brick-and-stone townhouse comes with $25,000 in free upgrades, including wood-burning fireplaces, all-stainless steel kitchens and marbled bathrooms tricked out with double-bowl vanities and whirlpool soaker tubs. Down the highway at the Patriot Place golf […]

Hispanics fastest growing segment of U.S. population

Hispanics fastest growing segment of U.S. population

In a surprising show of growth, Hispanics accounted for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the last decade, exceeding estimates in most states. Pulled by migration to the Sun Belt, America’s population center edged westward on a historic path to leave the Midwest. The Census Bureau on Thursday will release its first […]

What happened in the control tower of Reagan Airport?

What happened in the control tower of Reagan Airport?

Air traffic safety is under increased scrutiny by federal authorities following an incident in which two passenger jets landed without controller assistance at Reagan National Airport because no one could be reached in the airport tower. An aviation official said that an air traffic supervisor — the lone controller on duty around midnight on Tuesday […]

Obama comes home to face political storms

Obama comes home to face political storms

Returning home to some messy politics, President Barack Obama must contend with a battery of challenges, from a spending standoff that threatens to shut down the government to congressional angst over the U.S.-led war against Libya. Foreign crises rage across Africa and the Middle East, and Americans still want a more quickly improving economy. The […]