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 […]

Another abortion war brewing

Another abortion war brewing

House Republican leaders have made new restrictions on abortion one of their top priorities, pushing a divisive issue to the forefront of the congressional agenda. Democrats say legislation imposing those restrictions would send women back to the days of back-alley abortionists, while Republicans say the main goal is to make a hodgepodge of existing temporary […]

Mississippii considering license places honoring Ku Klux Klan

Mississippii considering license places honoring Ku Klux Klan

A fight is brewing in Mississippi over a proposal to issue specialty license plates honoring Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. The Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans wants to sponsor a series of state-issued license plates to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil […]

Patriot Act vote defeat catches GOP leaders off guard

Patriot Act vote defeat catches GOP leaders off guard

The clout of tea party advocates and other hard-line conservatives in Congress has caught top Republicans by surprise, raising questions about whether GOP leaders can impose enough discipline in their House majority to pass tough measures, such as raising the debt ceiling. Within 24 hours this week, House Speaker John Boehner’s team had to pull […]