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Some signs of progress in avoiding government shutdown

Some signs of progress in avoiding government shutdown

Lawmakers appear to be moving closer to a compromise that would prevent a government shutdown, at least for now. Democrats say they’re encouraged by efforts to narrow the gap on…

Volunteers keep Wisconsin protest alive

Volunteers keep Wisconsin protest alive

  Harriet Rowan was among the first to join the Wisconsin Capitol protest village. That was on Valentine’s Day, and it was only the next day when thousands of others…

New law doesn’t control Christian health plans

New law doesn’t control Christian health plans

The brain tumor came back. An ugly mass growing in plain view threatened Karen Niles’ remaining eye. She needed more surgery. This time, however, her medical plan wouldn’t pay. It…

Obamas name first male social secretary

Obamas name first male social secretary

The Obama White House broke decades of tradition Friday, naming the first man to ever serve as social secretary. Jeremy Bernard, a senior adviser to the U.S. ambassador to France,…

Best Buy, Home Depot run into hard times in China

Best Buy, Home Depot run into hard times in China

Home Depot is no longer open for home improvements in Beijing. Best Buy Inc. decided its brand name electronics stores were not best for China. This may well be the…

In reality, the government never really shuts down

In reality, the government never really shuts down

Social Security checks would still go out. Troops would remain at their posts. Furloughed federal workers probably would get paid, though not until later. And virtually every essential government agency,…

Don’t want genetically engineered foods? You’re eating them anyway

Don’t want genetically engineered foods? You’re eating them anyway

You may not want to eat genetically engineered foods. Chances are, you are eating them anyway. Genetically modified plants grown from seeds engineered in labs now provide much of the…

Wisconsin Senate moves to strip public worker union rights

Wisconsin Senate moves to strip public worker union rights

Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly took the first significant action on their plan to strip collective bargaining rights from most public workers, abruptly passing the measure early Friday morning before…

Some Republicans ease off anti-union rhetoric

Some Republicans ease off anti-union rhetoric

With a wary eye on Wisconsin, Republican leaders in several states are toning down the tough talk against public employee unions and, in some cases, abandoning anti-union measures altogether. Indiana’s…

Tea Party forges a vision for Montana

Tea Party forges a vision for Montana

With each bill, newly elected tea party lawmakers are offering Montanans a vision of the future. Their state would be a place where officials can ignore U.S. laws, force FBI…