Sears makes move on Amazon affiliates

Sears makes move on Amazon affiliates

Another competitor of Amazon.com Inc. is looking to take advantage of the retailer’s disputes over sales taxes. Sears Holdings Corp. sent a letter to affiliate sellers of Amazon on Thursday, inviting them to join up with Sears instead. The move came after Amazon said it would stop working with its affiliate sellers in some states […]

Obama, in search of a deal, offers deeper spending cuts

Obama, in search of a deal, offers deeper spending cuts

President Barack Obama says he’s willing to make deeper spending cuts if Congress can compromise on a budget deal that would end the threat of a government shutdown. Obama’s appeal for common ground came Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address, but lacked specifics on how to bridge the $50 billion gulf that divides […]

Anti-abortion plans create headache for Republicans

Anti-abortion plans create headache for Republicans

The Republicans’ “Pledge for America” says the new majority will do both. But negotiations over the federal budget threaten to force the GOP, including its 87 House freshmen, to choose between them. It’s a lesson in congressional reality that has Republicans struggling with how to vote — and what to do — when a divided […]

Obama may tap oil reserves to fight rising gas prices

Obama may tap oil reserves to fight rising gas prices

President Barack Obama’s chief of staff says the administration is looking at the nation’s oil reserves as it considers options for dealing with the spike in gas prices. The price of a barrel of oil has passed $100. In the U.S., gasoline is averaging $3.50 a gallon. Those increases come amid unrest in the oil-producing […]

A more experienced Romney targets Obama

A more experienced Romney targets Obama

This time, Mitt Romney has a clear pitch: I’m the strongest Republican to challenge President Barack Obama on the country’s single biggest issue — the economy. “He created a deeper recession, and delayed the recovery,” Romney said Saturday, previewing his campaign message before Republicans in this influential early nominating state. “The consequence is soaring numbers […]

Gay legislators impact civil unions debate

Gay legislators impact civil unions debate

Of America‘s 7,382 state legislators, only 85 are openly gay or lesbian. They are, however, playing an outsized and often impassioned role when the agenda turns to recognizing same-sex couples with civil unions or full marriage rights. In Hawaii and Illinois, gay state representatives were lead sponsors of civil union bills signed into law earlier […]

White House praises Muslims: Get jump on House hearings

White House praises Muslims: Get jump on House hearings

Muslim Americans are not part of the terrorism problem facing the U.S. — they are part of the solution, a top White House official said Sunday at a Washington-area mosque. Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough set the Obama administration’s tone for discussions as tensions escalate before the first in a series of congressional hearings […]

Gingrich confirms he expects to run for President

Gingrich confirms he expects to run for President

F ormer House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he expects to be a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Gingrich announced Thursday that he’s exploring a run for president, launching a website to collect donations. In an interview Friday night with Fox News Channel‘s Sean Hannity, Gingrich said “my expectation is that by the […]

Hiring increase could mean turning point in jobs crisis

Hiring increase could mean turning point in jobs crisis

Companies added more workers in February than in any month in almost a year — a turning point for the economy that finally pushed the unemployment rate below 9 percent. Economists say the stronger hiring should endure all year. The 222,000 jobs the private sector created more than offset layoffs by financially squeezed state and […]