NPR head steps down after remarks about the right

NPR head steps down after remarks about the right

NPR will forge ahead in the fight for federal money despite six months of bad PR — and without its chief executive. NPR’s president and CEO resigned Wednesday to limit the damage from hidden camera footage of a fellow executive deriding the tea party movement as “seriously racist.” Conservatives called the video proof that the […]

Back to the bargaining table in budget debacle

Back to the bargaining table in budget debacle

Their opening budget gambits history, lawmakers are returning to the bargaining table in search of a fiscal plan that cuts spending, as voters demanded in the last election, and could carry political value in the next one. The balance is particularly delicate for senators up for re-election next year. Some, mostly Democrats, bucked their parties […]

Budget battle puts Social Security in play

Budget battle puts Social Security in play

In the midst of the budget crisis, an old debate has broken out with new force: Should Social Security be seen as part of the deficit that Washington needs to rein in? The White House is balking at calls to tackle Social Security’s financial problems now, before baby boomers swamp the system. But the massive […]

Wisconsin Senate strips state workers of union rights

Wisconsin Senate strips state workers of union rights

The nearly month-long standoff in the Wisconsin Legislature over explosive union rights legislation rocketed toward a dramatic finish Thursday after Senate Republicans outmaneuvered their missing Democratic counterparts and pushed through the bill. The dramatic turn of events late Wednesday set up a perfunctory vote Thursday morning in the Assembly on the measure that would strip […]

Libya a touchy subject for candidates

Libya a touchy subject for candidates

What to do about Libya and Moammar Gadhafi? It’s not only a national security question for President Barack Obama. Twenty months before the next election, it’s a difficult political question, too, for the Republicans who hope to take his place as commander in chief. There are plenty of strong opinions coming from Capitol Hill. Lawmakers […]

Tight security for hearings on Muslim community

Tight security for hearings on Muslim community

Extra security will accompany a New York congressman as he chairs a hearing focused on the U.S. Muslim community and its willingness to help prevent radical Islamic terrorism. Rep. Peter King told The Associated Press that he has had a larger security details for the past few months because of an overseas threat relayed in […]

Former Bush aide faces jail time

Former Bush aide faces jail time

A judge is telling the former government whistle-blower protector that he can’t protect himself from serving at least a month in jail. U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson ruled late Wednesday that President George W. Bush‘s former special counsel, Scott Bloch, cannot withdraw his guilty plea to withholding information from Congress. Bloch argued that he and […]

Libya a serious test for Obama

Libya a serious test for Obama

A month shy of his election in 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama outlined a doctrine for American military force that included crises in which the United States has a “moral obligation” to intervene. As commander in chief, he soon will have to decide whether Libya fits the bill. Obama is facing the sternest test yet […]

Senate may kill both Democratic, GOP budgets

Senate may kill both Democratic, GOP budgets

In a demonstration of official Washington’s often curious logic, the Senate is expected to vote down both a slashing GOP budget bill and a less painful Democratic plan to demonstrate progress instead of gridlock. The idea is to show both sides that they need to move toward each other to break a bitter stalemate over […]

Petraeus: It’s going to be a bad summer

Petraeus: It’s going to be a bad summer

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan says fighting this summer may be worse than last year but some reduction in American forces is still possible in July. Gen. David Petraeus tells The Associated Press that he plans to present President Barack Obama with varying levels of troop reductions that accommodate the president’s July […]