Palin hires chief of staff for PAC

Palin hires chief of staff for PAC

Sarah Palin has hired longtime political strategist Michael Glassner as chief of staff of her political action committee. The hire, confirmed to The Associated Press on Saturday morning by Palin aide Rebecca Mansour and SarahPAC Treasurer Tim Crawford, is certain to fuel fresh speculation about Palin’s possible intent to run for president in 2012. Palin […]

Time out from nastiness? Not around here

Time out from nastiness? Not around here

President Barack Obama? Weak, a socialist and a liar. Liberals? Monsters and a cancer. Former Vice President Dick Cheney? Called a war criminal, “murdering scum” and a draft dodger — by people in his own party. Just a month after the Arizona shooting rampage led to bipartisan calls for toned-down political discourse, incivility suffused the […]

Obama’s budget: $3.73 trillion

Obama’s budget: $3.73 trillion

President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $3.73 trillion spending blueprint that pledges $1.1 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade through spending cuts and tax increases. Obama’s new budget projects that the deficit for the current year will surge to an all-time high of $1.65 trillion. That reflects a sizable tax-cut agreement reached […]

Obama claims federal budget is like family pocket book

Obama claims federal budget is like family pocket book

President Barack Obama says he is making difficult cuts in the nation’s budget to allow needed spending increases in education, technology and public works projects. In a broad preview of his administration’s blueprint for the budget year that begins Oct. 1, Obama says the combination of cuts and new spending will result in an overall […]

McConnell: Obama’s agenda is dead

McConnell: Obama’s agenda is dead

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Saturday that President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda is “over,” but said GOP lawmakers are willing to work with the White House to do what they “think is right for America.” In a speech Saturday night to a GOP crowd in his hometown, the Kentucky Republican derided Obama for performing […]

Emanuel promises to clean up Chicago

Emanuel promises to clean up Chicago

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said Saturday that tackling Chicago‘s reputation for sweetheart deals and patronage head-on is first on his to-do list if he’s elected to be the city’s next mayor. Emanuel told The Associated Press in an interview that he would sign an executive order barring his appointees from lobbying […]

Michelle Obama’s key to success: laugh, laugh, laugh

Michelle Obama’s key to success: laugh, laugh, laugh

Here’s Michelle Obama’s advice for couples this Valentine’s Day: Laugh with your partner. She says it’s what she and President Barack Obama do, and it seems to be working. Their marriage, although tested throughout the years by his political ambitions — for the Illinois Senate, the U.S. Senate and later president — is going on […]

Rowdy conservatives heckle Hatch at CPAC

Rowdy conservatives heckle Hatch at CPAC

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah was heckled for his support of the Wall Street bailout during his Friday appearance at a conservative gathering, another sign the Republican could face trouble earning his party’s nomination for re-election in 2012. During an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Hatch was asked why conservatives should believe him […]

Murbarak’s final hours: Trying to save his ass

Murbarak’s final hours: Trying to save his ass

Hosni Mubarak was supposed to announce his resignation on Thursday. The Egyptian military expected it. The new head of his ruling party pleaded to him face-to-face to do it. But despite more than two weeks of massive demonstrations by protesters unmoved by lesser concessions, the president still didn’t get it. Mubarak’s top aides and family […]

Forget the mortgage: America belongs to God

Forget the mortgage: America belongs to God

The tea party movement is mixing a strange political brew in famously independent New Hampshire, complicating the first-in-the-nation primary strategy for the growing number of potential Republican presidential hopefuls. Tea party activists have made significant inroads in a state that typically prefers GOP moderates and establishment candidates when choosing White House nominees. The grass-roots movement […]