Obama makes it official: He’s running for second term

Obama makes it official: He’s running for second term

President Barack Obama formally launched his re-election campaign Monday, urging grass-roots supporters central to his first campaign to mobilize again to protect the change he’s brought in his first term. The official start of his second White House bid comes 20 months before the November 2012 election. “We’re doing this now because the politics we […]

Who decides how to save the earth?

Who decides how to save the earth?

To the quiet green solitude of an English country estate they retreated, to think the unthinkable. Scientists of earth, sea and sky, scholars of law, politics and philosophy: In three intense days cloistered behind Chicheley Hall’s old brick walls, where British saboteurs once secretly trained, four dozen international thinkers pondered the planet’s fate as it […]

Romney tries to learn from past

Romney tries to learn from past

In his first presidential run in 2008, Mitt Romney sought back-to-back victories in Iowa and New Hampshire to propel him to the GOP nomination. He won neither, the two-state sprint failed and so did his candidacy. This time his strategy is more of a multi-state marathon, with economically suffering Nevada an important round in what […]

Can Congress avoid an economic train wreck?

Can Congress avoid an economic train wreck?

Political ideologies and government spending realities are speeding trains headed toward a nasty crash in Washington this week barring a compromise between Republicans in the House and Senate Democrats aligned with President Barack Obama in the battle to contain America’s soaring debt. Failure to reach a deal for the rest of this budget year, which […]

Hackers strike more retail chains

Hackers strike more retail chains

Best Buy Co., TiVo Inc., and Walgreen Co. are the latest in a seemingly endless string of companies to warn over the weekend that hackers gained access to customers’ files, including email addresses. The companies all use the same marketing and communications vendor, Epsilon. It’s a leading marketing services firm that sends more than 40 […]

Katic Couric ending CBS News anchor gig

Katic Couric ending CBS News anchor gig

Katie Couric is leaving her anchor post at “CBS Evening News” less than five years after becoming the first woman to solely helm a network TV evening newscast. A network executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Couric has not officially announced her plans, reported the move to The Associated Press on Sunday night. […]

Boehner walks political tightrope on budget

Boehner walks political tightrope on budget

Sometimes in politics and legislation, whether you win is less important than how you win. That’s the dilemma facing House Speaker John Boehner as he tries to round up the votes to pass a fast-approaching spending compromise and avert a partial government shutdown by week’s end. Boehner, R-Ohio, wants the overwhelming majority of those votes […]

Obama ready to announce run for second term

Obama ready to announce run for second term

President Barack Obama is about to make one of Washington’s worst kept secrets official: He wants a second term. Democratic officials familiar with the president’s plans said Saturday that Obama intends to file papers as early as this coming week with the Federal Election Commission to launch his 2012 re-election campaign. He also will announce […]

Online gone wild for April Fools’ Day

Online gone wild for April Fools’ Day

The online world got an April Fools’ Day makeover as YouTube rolled out 1911 viral videos and the Huffington Post put up a mock pay wall. Lighthearted pranks are an annual Web tradition on April Fools’ Day, with jokey redesigns and parody products. Comedy video website Funny or Die, which last year became “Bieber or […]

Close to deal on spending? Depends on who’s talking

Close to deal on spending? Depends on who’s talking

A bullish President Barack Obama said Friday that compromise is close with Republicans on $33 billion in budget cuts, and he warned that without a deal the ensuing government shutdown would “jeopardize our economic recovery” just as jobs are finally being created. Despite his assessment, negotiators reported little progress, Senate Democrats backtracked on a key […]