Republicans going easy on budget cuts

Republicans going easy on budget cuts

Republicans now running the House are barely touching Congress’ own generous budget even as they take a cleaver to many domestic agencies. A new GOP proposal would reduce domestic agencies’ spending by 9 percent on average through September, when the current budget year ends. If that plan becomes law, it could lead to layoffs of […]

Farmers watch harsh winter destroy their way of life

Farmers watch harsh winter destroy their way of life

For Northeastern farmers long used to coping with all sorts of cold-weather problems, this winter presents a new one: snow and ice that’s bringing down outbuildings, requiring costly repairs, killing livestock and destroying supplies. Farmers in Connecticut alone have lost at least 136 barns, greenhouses, sheds and other structures as snow measured in feet, not […]

Once the king of retailers, Wal-Mart tries to regain ground

Once the king of retailers, Wal-Mart tries to regain ground

The battle for shoppers is playing out in this New York suburb: Wal-Mart versus everyone else. Dollar stores beckon, their small size ideal for quick shopping. Target offers 5 percent off if you pay with its store-branded card. Costco tempts with high-end, brand-name food and designer clothes at competitive prices. Bernadette Clark used to visit […]

Egyptian government gives in on new concessions

Egyptian government gives in on new concessions

Egypt’s vice president met a wide representation of major opposition groups for the first time Sunday and agreed to allow freedom of the press, to release those detained since anti-government protests began nearly two weeks and ago and to lift the country’s hated emergency laws when security permits. Vice President Omar Suleiman endorsed a plan […]

Soviet memories of Arab collapse: Been there, done that

Soviet memories of Arab collapse: Been there, done that

The astounding pro-democracy domino effect in the Arab world evokes the shock waves of 1989 that toppled communism in Eastern Europe and eventually brought down the Soviet Union. Two figures who helped shape the Soviet collapse — former Czech president Vaclav Havel and former Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze — are watching the Arab drama […]

Cheney calls Muburak ‘a good friend’

Cheney calls Muburak ‘a good friend’

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Saturday called Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak a good friend and U.S. ally, and he urged the Obama administration to move cautiously as turmoil continued to shake that nation’s government. Cheney’s comments came a day after President Barack Obama pressed Mubarak to consider his legacy and exit office in a […]

Mideast unrest adds unease to terror fight

Mideast unrest adds unease to terror fight

The unrest engulfing Arab streets and threatening authoritarian governments in the Mideast is complicating U.S. counterterrorism efforts. U.S. counterterrorism officials need to move quickly to firm up relationships with veteran Mideast intelligence and security services in the aftermath of momentous changes, experts say. Lingering confusion over who will take the reins of power could hamper […]

Obama to Mubarak: Hit the road Jack

Obama to Mubarak: Hit the road Jack

President Barack Obama said Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak should do the statesmanlike thing and make a quick handoff to a more representative government. Translation: Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Obama said a new era must begin now, an unsubtle message to Mubarak that he should not cling to power until elections […]

Ron Reagan: Sarah Palin is just one big soap opera

Ron Reagan: Sarah Palin is just one big soap opera

Sarah Palin is honoring one Reagan and offending another with the same speech. The former Alaska governor is scheduled to speak in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Friday at a tribute to former President Ronald Reagan – just one of the celebrations marking the centennial of the 40th president’s birth on Feb. 6. But his son, […]