So long to federal funding for candidates

So long to federal funding for candidates

A cornerstone of U.S. politics since the 1970s, public funding of presidential campaigns may soon go the way of other relics of the era like long sideburns and lava lamps. Neither President Barack Obama nor any of the leading 2012 Republican contenders is expected to accept federal matching funds and the limits they impose. In […]

Wisconsin anti-union law on hold for two months or more

Wisconsin anti-union law on hold for two months or more

Wisconsin’s polarizing union rights law will remain on hold for at least two months after a judge Friday said she would continue a restraining order blocking its enactment while she considers whether Republicans broke the state open meetings law in passing it. Republicans had been pushing the law through despite a boycott by Democratic state […]

Two straight months of job gains

Two straight months of job gains

Businesses likely posted a second straight month of solid job gains in March, as slow but steady economic growth translated into more hiring. Economists expect the nation added 185,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate stayed at 8.9 percent. That would follow February’s strong gains of 192,000 jobs — the most in almost a […]

House FAA bill vaces Obama veto threat

House FAA bill vaces Obama veto threat

The House is moving toward passage of a sweeping aviation bill packed with controversial safety and labor provisions. A final vote on the Republican-drafted bill is expected on Friday. It provides a blueprint for Federal Aviation Administration programs for the next 3 1/2 years while cutting the agency’s budget by about $4 billion. The bill […]

Will feds indict John Edwards?

Will feds indict John Edwards?

Prosecutors deciding whether to indict John Edwards over payments made to keep his pregnant mistress in hiding are spending more time with their chief witness, Andrew Young, who posed as the father of Edwards’ out-of-wedlock baby during the 2008 presidential campaign. The Associated Press saw Young leaving his attorney’s Washington office after meeting with the […]

Boots on the ground? What boots?

Boots on the ground? What boots?

When U.S. officials promise there will be no American “boots on the ground” in Libya, they aren’t talking literally, nor about footwear. It’s military shorthand that may look to some like rhetorical sleight of hand. But the CIA paramilitary officers now known to be operating alongside rebel forces in the North African nation aren’t part […]

One budget debate, two sets of facts

One budget debate, two sets of facts

To hear the Democrats tell it, House Republicans are being dragged by their extreme tea party allies to shut down the government, yet agreement is near on a sensible package of spending cuts to prevent it. And according to Republicans, Democrats want a government shutdown and talks aren’t all that far along to avoid one. […]

Highway deaths at lowest level in 62 years

Highway deaths at lowest level in 62 years

Highway deaths have plummeted to their lowest levels in more than 60 years, helped by more people wearing seat belts, better safety equipment in cars and efforts to curb drunken driving. The Transportation Department estimated Friday that 32,788 people were killed on U.S. roads in 2010, a decrease of about 3 percent from 2009. It’s […]

Ann Coulter takes her road show to Wyoming

Ann Coulter takes her road show to Wyoming

Ann Coulter delivered her edgy brand of conservatism to a mostly receptive audience at the University of Wyoming Thursday night, where memories are fresh of the school’s controversial handling last year of a former 1960s radical’s speech. About 1,500 people, including about three dozen protesters, showed up to hear her talk and a question-and-answer session, […]

Boehner snubs tea party, shows willingness to compromise

Boehner snubs tea party, shows willingness to compromise

  Despite fresh pressure from tea party conservatives, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that Republicans “can’t impose our will” on the White House and Senate Democrats on legislation to cut tens of billions of dollars in federal spending. At a news conference, Boehner, R-Ohio, denied Democratic suggestions that he has already agreed to jettison […]