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 […]

Libya attack costs approaching a billion

Libya attack costs approaching a billion

Stretched thin by two wars, the U.S. military is spending upward of $1 billion in an international assault to destroy Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s air defenses and save rebels from likely defeat, according to analysts and a rough calculation of the military operation so far. Missiles fired from submarines in the Mediterranean, bombs dropped by […]

GOP looked for ways to punish Wisconsin Democrats

GOP looked for ways to punish Wisconsin Democrats

Everything from taking away computers to denying a year of service in the state retirement system was considered to punish the 14 Wisconsin Democrats who fled to Illinois for three weeks to block passage of a bill taking away union bargaining rights, newly released emails show. Members of Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald’s staff […]