Elizabeth Edwards remembered

Elizabeth Edwards remembered

Family and friends of Elizabeth Edwards recalled her Saturday as an idealistic law student who challenged professors, a political sage who offered advice at every turn and a matriarch who comforted her family even as she was dying of breast cancer. Edwards’ funeral drew hundreds to Edenton Street United Methodist Church, where she once mourned […]

Are you ready for an eight-state blizzard?

Are you ready for an eight-state blizzard?

Much of the upper Midwest braced for frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall Sunday as the National Weather Service warned of blizzard conditions spanning parts of eight states. The heavy storm was moving eastward a day after it dumped 20 inches of snow in parts of the region, forcing numerous road closures and even postponing for […]

Social Security advocates say tax cuts will hurt program

Social Security advocates say tax cuts will hurt program

President Barack Obama’s plan to cut payroll taxes for a year would provide big savings for many workers, but makes Social Security advocates nervous that it could jeopardize the retirement program’s finances. The plan is part of a package of tax cuts and extended unemployment benefits that Obama negotiated with Senate Republican leaders. It would […]

Obama aide: Opponent? What opponent?

Obama aide: Opponent? What opponent?

President Barack Obama’s chief political adviser says he doesn’t think the president will face a primary challenge in 2012. David Axelrod tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that he sees “strong support” for Obama among Democrats. Axelrod says Democrats realize that Obama is “fighting hard, trying hard” to move the country ahead and that his […]

Vatican bank mired in money laundering scandal

Vatican bank mired in money laundering scandal

This is no ordinary bank: The ATMs are in Latin. Priests use a private entrance. A life-size portrait of Pope Benedict XVI hangs on the wall. Nevertheless, the Institute for Religious Works is a bank, and it’s under harsh new scrutiny in a case involving money-laundering allegations that led police to seize euro23 million ($30 […]

Don’t think ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ fight is over. It’s not

Don’t think ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ fight is over. It’s not

Advocates of a bill that would overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy say their fight for repeal this year is far from over despite failing to pass the Senate with only days left in the lame-duck session. Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the legislation, which would have lifted the military’s 17-year-old ban on […]

Obama admits tax plan is far from perfect

Obama admits tax plan is far from perfect

President Barack Obama calls his tax-cut agreement with Republicans far from perfect but a good deal overall for Americans, while acknowledging that many fellow Democrats aren’t happy about what he negotiated with the GOP. Pressing for passage by year’s end, he told lawmakers in his radio and Internet address Saturday that “our recovery will be […]

Bernie Madoff’s son dead in apparent suicide

Bernie Madoff’s son dead in apparent suicide

The eldest son of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff hanged himself by a dog leash in his Manhattan apartment on Saturday, the second anniversary of his father’s arrest in a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that swindled thousands of investors of their life savings, law enforcement officials said. Mark Madoff, 46, was found hanging from a ceiling pipe […]

New revelations into Ike’s farewell address

New revelations into Ike’s farewell address

For nearly two years, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his aides searched for the right words to describe at the end of his presidency his fear that the nation’s burgeoning military power was driving its foreign policy, newly released papers show. Many months before delivering the farewell address in which he famously warned about the […]

Can Bill Clinton save Obama’s Presidency?

Can Bill Clinton save Obama’s Presidency?

No comment? No way. You don’t stop Bill Clinton when he’s back at the White House with something to say. Well, OK. He and President Barack Obama, two of the most famous men in the world, did need a little help getting a door unlocked first. But then it was on. The former president came […]