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Close to deal on spending? Depends on who’s talking

Close to deal on spending? Depends on who’s talking

A bullish President Barack Obama said Friday that compromise is close with Republicans on $33 billion in budget cuts, and he warned that without a deal the ensuing government shutdown…

So long to federal funding for candidates

So long to federal funding for candidates

A cornerstone of U.S. politics since the 1970s, public funding of presidential campaigns may soon go the way of other relics of the era like long sideburns and lava lamps.…

Wisconsin anti-union law on hold for two months or more

Wisconsin anti-union law on hold for two months or more

Wisconsin’s polarizing union rights law will remain on hold for at least two months after a judge Friday said she would continue a restraining order blocking its enactment while she…

Two straight months of job gains

Two straight months of job gains

Businesses likely posted a second straight month of solid job gains in March, as slow but steady economic growth translated into more hiring. Economists expect the nation added 185,000 jobs…

House FAA bill vaces Obama veto threat

House FAA bill vaces Obama veto threat

The House is moving toward passage of a sweeping aviation bill packed with controversial safety and labor provisions. A final vote on the Republican-drafted bill is expected on Friday. It…

Will feds indict John Edwards?

Will feds indict John Edwards?

Prosecutors deciding whether to indict John Edwards over payments made to keep his pregnant mistress in hiding are spending more time with their chief witness, Andrew Young, who posed as…

Boots on the ground? What boots?

Boots on the ground? What boots?

When U.S. officials promise there will be no American “boots on the ground” in Libya, they aren’t talking literally, nor about footwear. It’s military shorthand that may look to some…

One budget debate, two sets of facts

One budget debate, two sets of facts

To hear the Democrats tell it, House Republicans are being dragged by their extreme tea party allies to shut down the government, yet agreement is near on a sensible package…

Highway deaths at lowest level in 62 years

Highway deaths at lowest level in 62 years

Highway deaths have plummeted to their lowest levels in more than 60 years, helped by more people wearing seat belts, better safety equipment in cars and efforts to curb drunken…

Ann Coulter takes her road show to Wyoming

Ann Coulter takes her road show to Wyoming

Ann Coulter delivered her edgy brand of conservatism to a mostly receptive audience at the University of Wyoming Thursday night, where memories are fresh of the school’s controversial handling last…