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 […]

No shirt, no job

No shirt, no job

A married New York congressman accused of sending a shirtless photo of himself to a woman abruptly resigned his seat Wednesday, saying he was quitting because he regretted actions that had hurt his family and others. The gossip website Gawker reported Wednesday that Rep. Christopher Lee, a two-term Republican, had e-mailed the photo to a […]

The ‘widows tax:’ Another broken promise

The ‘widows tax:’ Another broken promise

Tens of thousands of the nation’s war widows find it perplexing and downright disrespectful to their late military husbands: In order to fully collect on insurance their husbands bought for them when alive, they must marry another man. And to qualify, the widows must remarry when they are 57 or older. Those who remarry earlier […]

At CIA, mistakes mean promotions

At CIA, mistakes mean promotions

In December 2003, security forces boarded a bus in Macedonia and snatched a German citizen named Khaled el-Masri. For the next five months, el-Masri was a ghost. Only a select group of CIA officers knew he had been whisked to a secret prison for interrogation in Afghanistan. But he was the wrong guy. A hard-charging […]

Obama to CEOs: What can you do for America?

Obama to CEOs: What can you do for America?

Echoing John F. Kennedy, President Barack Obama prodded business leaders Monday to “ask yourselves what you can do for America,” not just for company bottom lines, even as he sought to smooth his uneasy relations with the nation’s corporate executives. Speaking to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the president urged the business community to help […]

Say what? High unemployed and fewer layoffs?

Say what? High unemployed and fewer layoffs?

The U.S. labor force has been split into two groups: the relieved and the desperate. If you have a job, you can exhale; you’re less likely to lose it than at any point in at least 14 years. If you’re unemployed? Good luck. Finding a job remains a struggle 20 months after the recession technically […]

Muburak announces reform committees

Muburak announces reform committees

In its latest effort to defuse public anger amid mass protests, embattled President Hosni Mubarak’s regime set up a committee Tuesday to recommend constitutional changes that would relax presidential eligibility rules and impose term limits. Mubarak’s decrees were announced on state television by Vice President Omar Suleiman, who also said that Mubarak had decreed the […]

Rise and fall of the foreclosure king

Rise and fall of the foreclosure king

During the housing crash, it was good to be a foreclosure king. David Stern was Florida’s top foreclosure lawyer, and he lived like an oil sheik. He piled up a collection of trophy properties, glided through town in a fleet of six-figure sports cars and, with his bombshell wife, partied on an ocean cruiser the […]

Winter gives some the blues, makes others frisky

Winter gives some the blues, makes others frisky

Does winter weather give you the blues? Or are you the type who gets a little frisky when there’s a chill in the air? Either way, you’re not alone. Four in 10 Americans say the weather affects their mood, and winter by far is the season most likely to leave them feeling down. Still, there […]