Senate Dems think they can pull off a vote on military’s gay ban

Senate Dems think they can pull off a vote on military’s gay ban

Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had a plan to overcome Republican objections and finally repeal the military’s 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops. The White House also expressed optimism that Congress would overturn the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, despite key GOP senators giving no indication that they would agree. A test vote was scheduled […]

Foreclosure nightmares: When the banks get it all wrong

Foreclosure nightmares: When the banks get it all wrong

Christopher Marconi was in the shower when he heard a loud banging on his door. By the time he grabbed a towel and hustled to his front step, a U.S. marshal’s sedan was peeling out of his driveway. Nailed to Marconi’s front door was a foreclosure summons from Wells Fargo, naming him as a defendant. […]

FCC looking for ways to protect consumers from pay-TV disputes

FCC looking for ways to protect consumers from pay-TV disputes

Federal regulators will explore whether they can do more to protect consumers from losing their television signals because of disputes over the fees that subscription-video providers pay broadcasters for their programming. Wednesday’s announcement by the Federal Communications Commission comes on the heels of a high-profile spat between Cablevision Systems Corp. and News Corp.’s Fox network. […]

Axelrod: Obama ‘had’ to make tax deal

Axelrod: Obama ‘had’ to make tax deal

A senior adviser to President Barack Obama says he believes Democrats angry about the deal with Republicans on tax cuts will support it when they weigh the consequences of people’s taxes going up. David Axelrod tells CBS‘s “The Early Show” that Obama would not have been able to spare middle-class taxpayers a significant increase in […]

Rolling Stone publishes Lennon’s final interview

Rolling Stone publishes Lennon’s final interview

Three days before he was gunned down, John Lennon complained about his critics — saying they were just interested in “dead heroes” — and talked optimistically about his family and future, musing that he had “plenty of time” to accomplish some of his life goals. Lennon’s final interview was released to The Associated Press by […]

Doh! HIV positive porn actor now advocates condoms

Doh! HIV positive porn actor now advocates condoms

An adult film actor who tested positive for HIV says he now wishes he had known more about the risks of contracting sexually transmitted diseases in the industry and is calling for mandatory condom use in porn films. Derrick Burts, 24, identified himself to the Los Angeles Times as the performer who tested positive at […]

WikiLeaks founder is in jail but the leaks continue

WikiLeaks founder is in jail but the leaks continue

WikiLeaks published a new set of cables Wednesday, and in a defiant message posted online the secret-spilling website promised that the leaks would keep on flowing despite the arrest and jailing of its founder on sex allegations. WikiLeaks is under pressure on many fronts: its editor-in-chief Julian Assange is in prison fighting extradition to Sweden. […]

Immigration landmines threaten Democrats

Immigration landmines threaten Democrats

The chance for hundreds of thousands of foreign-born youngsters brought to the country illegally to gain legal status is dwindling as time runs out on the Democratic-controlled Congress. Senate Democratic leaders will try Wednesday to advance legislation that would pave the way for legalizing the young immigrants, over opposition by most Republicans and several in […]

Elizabeth Edwards: A tough lady who showed grace through tough times

Elizabeth Edwards: A tough lady who showed grace through tough times

A son dying young. A six-year battle with cancer. A humiliating betrayal. Americans knew Elizabeth Edwards in large part through her tragedies, but more importantly, they knew her for the vitality and determination she showed through them. Her cancer incurable and her former-presidential-candidate husband mired in a paternity scandal, she did not shrink from public […]

Can Obama sell his tax-cut to angry Democrats?

Can Obama sell his tax-cut to angry Democrats?

President Barack Obama still has work to do to sell fellow Democrats on the tax package he negotiated with Republicans. House Democratic leaders say the package is tilted too much in favor of the wealthy, putting Obama on the defensive for striking a deal that is picking up support among GOP lawmakers and business groups. […]