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Partisan panel picks prompt pessimism

Partisan panel picks prompt pessimism

Republicans named a mix of partisans and pragmatists on Wednesday to the new congressional committee charged with striking a debt-cutting compromise. While members of both parties expressed urgency over controlling…

Watching tragedy unfold through a camera lens

Watching tragedy unfold through a camera lens

People look at some news photos shot on Sept. 11, 2001, and wonder how those who took them could bear to keep working in the face of such tragedy. Richard…

Bachmann’s claim: ‘I’m a real person’

Bachmann’s claim: ‘I’m a real person’

Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann says she’s “lived a real life” and isn’t a politician. “I didn’t go to Washington to be a politician,” the Minnesota congresswoman said Wednesday. “I’m…

Iowa straw poll: Part politics, part circus, all hype

Iowa straw poll: Part politics, part circus, all hype

There’s a hefty dose of circus mixed with deadly serious politics in the Iowa Republican straw poll. The event Saturday will mark the first time Republicans in Iowa indicate publicly…

GOP Presidential wannabes blame Obama for credit downgrade

GOP Presidential wannabes blame Obama for credit downgrade

The 2012 Republican presidential contenders have roundly criticized President Barack Obama for economic policies they contend helped drive the downgrade of U.S. credit by a major ratings agency. But they’ve…

Wisconsin recall effort comes up one win short

Wisconsin recall effort comes up one win short

A stand by Wisconsin Republicans against a massive effort to oust them from power could reverberate across the country as the battle over union rights and the conservative revolution heads…

S&P downgrade: Economics or politics?

S&P downgrade: Economics or politics?

The S&P downgrade was more of a statement on the toxic political landscape in Washington than a comment on the nation’s ability to pay its bills. But S&P has its…

Axelrod: Tea Party to blame for credit downgrade

Axelrod: Tea Party to blame for credit downgrade

A top White House adviser is blaming the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating on tea party Republicans, whom he says were unwilling to compromise on how to reduce the…

The credit rating downgrade: What does it all mean?

The credit rating downgrade: What does it all mean?

The real danger from the downgrade of U.S. government debt by Standard & Poor‘s isn’t higher interest rates. It’s the hit to the nation’s fragile economic psyche and rattled financial…

U.S. credit rating downgraded: Blame game begins

U.S. credit rating downgraded: Blame game begins

Republicans and Democrats quickly doled out blame to each other for the first-ever downgrade in the nation’s sterling credit rating, an expected but unsettling move that further clouds prospects for…