Obama ‘heartbroken’ by devastation in Japan

Obama ‘heartbroken’ by devastation in Japan

President Barack Obama said he was “heartbroken” by images of devastation in Japan following Friday’s deadly earthquake and tsunami, and pledged U.S. assistance to help the country recover. “Our hearts go out to our friends in Japan and across the region, and we’re going to stand with them as they recover and rebuild from this […]

California, Oregon suffer damage from tsunami

California, Oregon suffer damage from tsunami

The warnings traveled quickly across the Pacific in the middle of the night: An 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan spawned a deadly tsunami, and it was racing east Friday as fast as a jetliner. Sirens blared in Hawaii. The West Coast pulled back from the shoreline, fearing the worst. People were warned to stay away from […]

Hundreds dead as massive quake, tsunami hits Japan

Hundreds dead as massive quake, tsunami hits Japan

A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control. Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii and warnings blanketed the Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska […]

Ryan says GOP ready to cut Medicare, Social Security

Ryan says GOP ready to cut Medicare, Social Security

Republicans in charge of the House are facing two unappealing options on the budget. One is to lead with their chins and offer politically toxic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and, perhaps, Social Security. Or, they could play it safe — but then endorse trillion-dollar deficits that would enrage their tea party backers. Rep. Paul Ryan, […]

Rep. Peter King opens his anti-Muslim sideshow

Rep. Peter King opens his anti-Muslim sideshow

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is pressing forward with his public examination of Muslim extremism in America, pointing to his first, tense hearing on the subject as a step toward desensitizing a taboo topic and rooting out terrorists on U.S. soil. “There’s an elephant in the room and nobody wants to talk […]

At least 32 dead in huge Japan quake

At least 32 dead in huge Japan quake

A powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan‘s recorded history slammed the eastern coast Friday, sweeping away boats, cars, homes and people as widespread fires burned out of control. Tsunami warnings blanketed the entire Pacific, as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West Coast. Authorities said at least […]

White House scrambles to offset Clapper’s gaffe

White House scrambles to offset Clapper’s gaffe

The government’s top intelligence official fumbled the Obama administration‘s message Thursday about embattled Moammar Gadhafi‘s fate, telling Congress that the Libyan leader will prevail in his fight with rebel forces there. It was the latest in a series of public gaffes for James Clapper, the director of national intelligence. Hours later, the White House distanced […]

Mike Huckabee: Winner or loser?

Mike Huckabee: Winner or loser?

Were Mike Huckabee‘s recent gaffes enough to doom any presidential ambitions he still harbors? A calculated play for the Republican Party‘s base? Somewhere in between? The former Arkansas governor, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 and is considering another White House run, had to walk back two widely reported comments he made in radio […]

Oil company CEO claims prices aren’t hurting economy

Oil company CEO claims prices aren’t hurting economy

Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson said Wednesday he doesn’t think the recent jump in oil prices is hurting the U.S. economy — at least, not yet. The head of the world’s largest publicly traded oil company said that in 2008, when oil surged to near $150 per barrel, Americans didn’t change their driving and spending […]

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 […]