Murbarak’s final hours: Trying to save his ass

Murbarak’s final hours: Trying to save his ass

Hosni Mubarak was supposed to announce his resignation on Thursday. The Egyptian military expected it. The new head of his ruling party pleaded to him face-to-face to do it. But despite more than two weeks of massive demonstrations by protesters unmoved by lesser concessions, the president still didn’t get it. Mubarak’s top aides and family […]

Forget the mortgage: America belongs to God

Forget the mortgage: America belongs to God

The tea party movement is mixing a strange political brew in famously independent New Hampshire, complicating the first-in-the-nation primary strategy for the growing number of potential Republican presidential hopefuls. Tea party activists have made significant inroads in a state that typically prefers GOP moderates and establishment candidates when choosing White House nominees. The grass-roots movement […]

GOP budget plan: Cut everything in sight

GOP budget plan: Cut everything in sight

House Republicans called for cuts in hundreds of programs across the face of government Friday night in a $61 billion savings package toughened at the last minute at the demand of tea party-backed conservatives. From education to job training, the environment and nutrition, few domestic programs were left untouched — and some were eliminated — […]

Obama’s budget: Where’s the cuts?

Obama’s budget: Where’s the cuts?

President Barack Obama’s budget submission on Monday will take a surgical approach to a deficit problem that his Republican rivals say warrants a meat ax. As Obama seeks $53 billion for high-speed rail over the next few years, House Republicans are trying to pull back $2.5 billion that’s already been promised. He’s seeking increases for […]

The 2012 GOP field: Big promises, little reality

The 2012 GOP field: Big promises, little reality

Republicans who want to be the one to make Barack Obama a one-term president are promising big changes should the GOP win the White House in 2012. “Economic growth, job creation, smaller government, less spending, lower taxes, rational regulation and a stronger presence in the world,” as Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour put it Saturday — […]

Egyptians hopeful over an uncertain future

Egyptians hopeful over an uncertain future

Egyptian protesters jubilant over their success in ousting President Hosni Mubarak vowed Saturday to stay camped in a central Cairo square until they are confident the military will meet their demands for democracy. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces banned ex-regime officials from traveling abroad and relaxed a nighttime curfew, according to officials and […]

Muburak’s slight of hand fails to appease angry Eqyptians

Muburak’s slight of hand fails to appease angry Eqyptians

Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak refused to step down or leave the country and instead handed his powers to his vice president Thursday, remaining president and ensuring regime control over the reform process. Stunned protesters in central Cairo who demand his ouster waved their shoes in contempt and shouted, “Leave, leave, leave.” The rapidly moving events raised […]

WikiLeaks founder: A would-be emperor

WikiLeaks founder: A would-be emperor

A tell-all book by a former WikiLeaks insider casts founder Julian Assange as an “emperor” who has become just the kind of public figure he is trying to expose. Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former WikiLeaks spokesman who left the secret-spilling website after a bitter dispute with Assange, writes about his euphoria at the website’s spectacular rise […]

Webb decides one Senate term is enough

Webb decides one Senate term is enough

Freshman Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia announced Wednesday he will retire when his term ends next year, deepening the challenge to his party as it struggles to maintain a Senate majority in the 2012 elections. In an e-mail announcement, the 65-year-old former Navy secretary said that after much thought, he had decided to return […]

Washington’s new game: Who’s the new top threat in town?

Washington’s new game: Who’s the new top threat in town?

Amid criticism that intelligence services missed the signs of Arab revolt in Tunisia and Egypt, the nation’s top intelligence official will tell Congress that the threat from al-Qaida and its affiliates remains his No. 1 priority, U.S. officials said. In testimony scheduled Thursday before the House Intelligence Committee, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will […]