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Outlook for Social Security, Medicare worsens

Outlook for Social Security, Medicare worsens

The bad economy is worsening the already-shaky finances of Medicare and Social Security, draining the trust funds supporting them faster than expected and intensifying the need for Congress to shore…

Obama announces plans to speed up U.S. oil production

Obama announces plans to speed up U.S. oil production

Facing continued public unhappiness over gas prices, President Barack Obama is directing his administration to ramp up U.S. oil production by extending existing leases in the Gulf of Mexico and…

Ethics Committee sends Ensign case to Justice Department

Ethics Committee sends Ensign case to Justice Department

Former Sen. John Ensign of Nevada broke federal law, made false statements to the Federal Election Commission and obstructed a Senate Ethics Committee’s investigation into his conduct, the panel said…

As usual, Gingrich plays fast and loose with facts

As usual, Gingrich plays fast and loose with facts

Republican presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich is hitching his star to the era of economic growth in the 1990s when he was House speaker, declaring “We’ve done it before. We can…

Newt Gingrich: Too old and too out-of-touch to be President?

Newt Gingrich: Too old and too out-of-touch to be President?

When Newt Gingrich last held political office “Seinfeld” was a top-rated TV show. The Spice Girls ruled the pop charts. And pagers — not iPhones — were the must-have tech…

Americans more optimistic about economy

Americans more optimistic about economy

Americans are growing more optimistic about the U.S. economy, a sentiment that is benefiting President Barack Obama despite public disenchantment with his handling of rising gasoline prices and swollen government…

Bin Laden planned to attack small American cities

Bin Laden planned to attack small American cities

Though hunted and in hiding, Osama bin Laden remained the driving force behind every recent al-Qaida terror plot, U.S. officials say, citing his private journal and other documents recovered in…

House panel votes to delay gays in military plan

House panel votes to delay gays in military plan

A House panel approved a defense bill early Thursday that would delay President Barack Obama’s new policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military and limit the commander in…

Obama’s approval rating hits 60 percent

Obama’s approval rating hits 60 percent

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has hit its highest point in two years — 60 percent — and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected,…

Boehner: Trillions in cuts needed to reduce deficit

Boehner: Trillions in cuts needed to reduce deficit

The top Republican in Congress wants trillions of dollars in spending cuts as part of must-pass legislation allowing the federal government to continue borrowing to keep it operating and meeting…