Obama’s profile problem

Obama’s profile problem

Call it an above-the-fray strategy. On hot issues that Democrats and Republicans have found cause to fret about — from spending reductions to state labor disputes — President Barack Obama is keeping a low profile. Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia want him more publicly engaged in budget negotiations in Congress while others […]

Obama breaks promise on White House transparency

Obama breaks promise on White House transparency

President Barack Obama once promised that negotiations over his health care overhaul would be carried out openly, in front of TV cameras and microphones. Tell that to the White House now. Republican congressional investigators got the brush-off this week after pressing for details of meetings between White House officials and interest groups, including drug companies […]

Wisconsin Governor signs union-busting bill into law

Wisconsin Governor signs union-busting bill into law

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday signed into law the proposal that eliminates most union rights for public employees, quietly concluding a debate that provoked three weeks of loud, relentless protests at the Capitol. Walker, the 43-year-old son of a preacher who has swiftly become one of the most polarizing politicians in the country, signed […]

Meltdown feared after explosion at Japan nuke power plant

Meltdown feared after explosion at Japan nuke power plant

An explosion at a Japanese nuclear power station Saturday destroyed a building housing the reactor amid fears that it was close to a disastrous meltdown after being hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami. Friday’s double disaster, which pulverized Japan‘s northeastern coast, has left 574 people dead by official count, although local media reports said […]

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 […]