Obama’s year: Nothing to brag about

Obama’s year: Nothing to brag about

Barack Obama‘s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year got off to a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad start. There he was, on New Year’s Day, on vacation with his family in Hawaii, stuck on a secure phone with counterterrorism officials, trying to figure out what screw-ups had allowed a would-be terrorist to board […]

GOP hopefuls already finding roadblocks

GOP hopefuls already finding roadblocks

This month’s early, under-the-radar campaigning by potential Republican challengers to President Barack Obama is a reminder of something too easily forgotten: Running for president is harder than it looks, and Obama ultimately will stand against a flesh-and-blood nominee certain to make mistakes along the way. Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and other possible GOP candidates stumbled […]

Deadliest year in decade for 101st Airborne

Deadliest year in decade for 101st Airborne

The 101st Airborne Division, a force in America’s major conflicts since World War II, is seeing its worst casualties in a decade as the U.S. surge in Afghanistan turns into the deadliest year in that war for the NATO coalition. The Army division known as the Screaming Eagles, formed ahead of the 1944 Allied invasion […]

Stop the presses! Obamas go to church

Stop the presses! Obamas go to church

President Barack Obama and his family took a break from their Hawaiian vacation to attend Sunday church services, a rare occurrence for a president who prefers to worship in private. The first family arrived at a chapel at Marine Corps Base Hawaii mid-morning for a multi-denominational service. The Obamas were greeted by about 100 clapping […]

No more Kennedys in Congress? Can the nation survive?

No more Kennedys in Congress? Can the nation survive?

The Kennedys have held congressional seats, the presidency and the public’s imagination for more than 60 years. That era ends when Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island vacates his U.S. House seat next month, leaving a city council post in California as Camelot’s sole remaining political holding. The son of the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy […]

Winter storm heads for Washington, DC

Winter storm heads for Washington, DC

A rare white Christmas in parts of the South was complicating life for some travelers as airlines canceled hundreds of flights, while snow was predicted for the nation’s Capital and travel authorities warned of potentially dangerous roads. The National Weather Service said the storm could bring 6 to 10 inches of snow to the Washington […]

Black author produces look at Jim Crow south

Black author produces look at Jim Crow south

Growing up in segregated Memphis during the Jim Crow era, Augustus White III knew about those certain places off-limits to him as a black man — restrooms, diners and schools. He just didn’t pay racial barriers much mind. The son of a doctor and teacher became the first African-American to graduate from Stanford Medical School, […]

Cell phones: The new activist tool

Cell phones: The new activist tool

If you voted this fall, there’s a good chance you were texting about it. Twenty-six percent of adult Americans used their cell phones to encourage others to vote in November’s mid-term elections or to report back on conditions at their local voting sites, among other political activities, according to a survey issued Thursday by the […]

Female suicide bomber kills 43 at Pakistan food aid center

Female suicide bomber kills 43 at Pakistan food aid center

A female suicide bomber detonated her explosives-laden vest killing at least 43 people at an aid distribution center in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, while army helicopter gunships and artillery killed a similar number of Islamic militants in neighboring tribal regions near the Afghan border, officials said. The bombing appeared to be the first suicide attack […]

Tax bill packed with goodies for business

Tax bill packed with goodies for business

The massive new tax bill signed into law by President Barack Obama is filled with all kinds of holiday stocking stuffers for businesses: tax breaks for producing TV shows, grants for putting up windmills, rum subsidies for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. There is even a tax break for people who buy race horses. […]