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Divided, unpopular Congress returns

Divided, unpopular Congress returns

Congress returns to work this coming week, divided over measures to create jobs and scorned by the nation it was elected to help lead. After a five-week break, Republican and…

Safe, but not safe enough

Safe, but not safe enough

We are safer, but not safe enough. In the decade since the Sept. 11 attacks, the government has taken giant steps to protect the nation from terrorists, spending eye-popping sums…

Palin sure sounds like she’s running for President

Palin sure sounds like she’s running for President

Cheers of “Run Sarah, Run” greeted Sarah Palin at a tea party rally in Iowa, but the former Alaska governor still isn’t saying whether she’s going to jump into the…

Feds issue warnings on small plane terrorism threat

Feds issue warnings on small plane terrorism threat

The FBI and Homeland Security have issued a nationwide warning about al-Qaida threats to small airplanes, just days before the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Authorities say there is…

Perry’s words may come back to haunt him

Perry’s words may come back to haunt him

Maybe Rick Perry’s not so “Fed Up!” after all. Just nine months ago, the Texas governor released a rhetorical bomb-throwing book under that title. He dismissed Social Security as a…

Illinois Congressman says ‘nada’ to Obama’s job speech

Illinois Congressman says ‘nada’ to Obama’s job speech

An outspoken Republican congressman from Illinois is defending his decision to boycott President Barack Obama’s jobs speech next week. U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh said Saturday that Obama is abusing his…

Can Rick Perry stay on top?

Can Rick Perry stay on top?

The Republican race for the White House is about to accelerate dramatically, with a series of debates and events testing whether Rick Perry has staying power and Mitt Romney can…

Battle-weary lawmakers avoid town hall meetings

Battle-weary lawmakers avoid town hall meetings

Too much yelling, not enough listening. Facing organized, often raucous confrontations at political events, some members of Congress this summer abandoned the long-time tradition of open meetings with the folks…

Religion and politics: Always a volatile mix

Religion and politics: Always a volatile mix

Rick Perry dived right in. The Texas governor, now a Republican presidential candidate, held a prayer rally for tens of thousands, read from the Bible, invoked Christ and broadcast the…

Obama caves in to Republicans on clean air regs

Obama caves in to Republicans on clean air regs

In a dramatic reversal, President Barack Obama on Friday scrubbed a clean-air regulation that aimed to reduce health-threatening smog, yielding to bitterly protesting businesses and congressional Republicans who complained the…