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Unemployment applications increase

Unemployment applications increase

More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the first increase in three weeks and evidence that the job market is still sluggish. The number of people seeking benefits rose…

Google, PayPal go after each other

Google, PayPal go after each other

Google Inc. hopes to nudge consumers and merchants into a world where the smartphone has replaced the wallet as the container for credit cards, coupons and receipts. While it tackles…

Bachmann plans presidential announcement in June

Bachmann plans presidential announcement in June

Republican Michele Bachmann is making plans for a presidential campaign announcement next month in Waterloo, Iowa, the city where the Minnesota congresswoman was born. Bachmann trickled out the details in…

Congress faces midnight deadline on Patriot Act

Congress faces midnight deadline on Patriot Act

Congress is rushing to extend the life of three anti-terror tools, including the use of roving wiretaps, before they expire at midnight Thursday. The Senate was set to start voting…

GOP excesses may redefine 2012 races

GOP excesses may redefine 2012 races

Jubilant Democrats demanded Republicans abandon their sweeping plans to remake Medicare on Wednesday after casting a House race in upstate New York as a referendum on the popular program and…

Palin’s presidential plans: Will she or won’t she?

Palin’s presidential plans: Will she or won’t she?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has authorized a feature-length film about her rise, added staff and recently said she has “that fire in the belly” for a presidential bid —…

Tea Party pushes right-wing propaganda on schools

Tea Party pushes right-wing propaganda on schools

America’s kids will be learning about the U.S. Constitution this coming school year with help from a decidedly conservative Idaho publishing house, if a tea party group gets its way.…

Pawlenty has plenty of problems with the truth

Pawlenty has plenty of problems with the truth

A parsing of Pawlenty’s opening-day statements shows they were not the whole truth. Here is a sampling of his claims Monday and how they compare with the facts. ___ PAWLENTY:…

Budget talks resume: Don’t expect much

Budget talks resume: Don’t expect much

Talks to avert a potentially catastrophic U.S. debt default resume on Tuesday after signs Republicans might soften their stance over a key obstacle to a deal with Democrats, but hopes…

Playing the political flip flop game

Playing the political flip flop game

Political flip-flops are in fashion these days, in red and in blue, from the White House to the Congress to the 2012 campaigns for both. Raise the debt limit? Democrats…