Biden claims budget progress

Biden claims budget progress

Vice President Joe Biden reported “good progress” Wednesday in budget talks to prevent a government shutdown next week as congressional negotiators began work on a proposal for around $33 billion in spending cuts over the next six months — considerably less than tea party activists demanded. “There’s no reason why, with all that’s going on […]

House Republicans demand IRS audit of AARP

House Republicans demand IRS audit of AARP

AARP lobbied for the new health care law and now it stands to profit, Republican lawmakers charged Wednesday as they called for the IRS to investigate whether the powerful interest group representing older Americans should be stripped of its federal tax exemption. Three veteran GOP representatives released a report that estimates the seniors lobby could […]

Las Vegas pays homage to mob past

Las Vegas pays homage to mob past

Speakeasies, bootleggers, gun-wielding crime bosses and tough-guy accents pay homage to Las Vegas’ mob roots in a pair of new attractions showcasing Sin City’s criminal history. An interactive attraction featuring gangster memorabilia and commentary from film mobsters James Caan, Mickey Rourke and Frank Vincent opens Wednesday on the Las Vegas Strip. And Las Vegas Mayor […]

Congress still looking for answers on Obama’s Libyan war

Congress still looking for answers on Obama’s Libyan war

President Barack Obama is under pressure from Congress to spell out an exit strategy for the U.S. military in Libya and provide a clear plan to end Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s 42-year rule as the American public remains fiercely divided over the war. Obama delivered a full-throated defense of his decision to deploy military forces to […]

Another day, another union-busting bill in another state

Another day, another union-busting bill in another state

An Ohio bill that would limit collective bargaining rights for 350,000 public workers was poised for a vote before the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday, one of its final hurdles before the measure goes to the governor. The vote comes a day after a legislative committee approved changes to make the bill even tougher for unions. […]

Supreme Court appears to lean towards Wal-Mart in sex case

Supreme Court appears to lean towards Wal-Mart in sex case

The Supreme Court appears ready to block a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of up to 1.6 million women, and that could make it harder for other workers nationwide to bring class-action claims against large employers. The 10-year-old lawsuit, argued in lively exchanges at the court Tuesday, claims that Wal-Mart Stores Inc., […]

Ending Saturday mail delivery could save billions

Ending Saturday mail delivery could save billions

The Postal service could save a substantial amount of money by reducing mail delivery to five days, the Government Accountability Office said Tuesday. The post office, which lost $8.5 billion last year, has proposed eliminating Saturday delivery as one of several moves aimed at reducing costs. Postal officials have estimated the change would save $3.1 […]

Dems willing to deal on budget cuts

Dems willing to deal on budget cuts

Democrats indicated Tuesday they may be willing to accept Republican-backed curbs on the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal regulators as part of an overall deal on spending cuts, a rare hint of compromise in private negotiations marked by public rancor. There was no immediate reaction from the White House, although administration officials are working […]

Housing price declines deepen

Housing price declines deepen

Damage from the housing bust is spreading to areas once thought to be immune. In at least 14 major U.S. metro areas, prices have fallen to 2003 levels — when the housing bubble was just starting to inflate. Prices will likely drop further this year, making many people reluctant to buy or sell. That would […]

McCain, Levin back Obama on Libya attacks

McCain, Levin back Obama on Libya attacks

The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee say President Barack Obama was right to use military force in Libya. Democratic Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan and Republican John McCain of Arizona made the comments Tuesday at the start of a congressional hearing and the day after Obama’s speech on Libya. Levin […]