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Gay legislators impact civil unions debate

Gay legislators impact civil unions debate

Of America‘s 7,382 state legislators, only 85 are openly gay or lesbian. They are, however, playing an outsized and often impassioned role when the agenda turns to recognizing same-sex couples…

White House praises Muslims: Get jump on House hearings

White House praises Muslims: Get jump on House hearings

Muslim Americans are not part of the terrorism problem facing the U.S. — they are part of the solution, a top White House official said Sunday at a Washington-area mosque.…

Gingrich confirms he expects to run for President

Gingrich confirms he expects to run for President

F ormer House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he expects to be a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Gingrich announced Thursday that he’s exploring a run for president,…

Tough federal judge gets first-hand look at New York drug turf

Tough federal judge gets first-hand look at New York drug turf

The scene in a gritty Brooklyn neighborhood had the feel of a political campaign stop, except the stately man trailed by aides, a bodyguard and two news photographers wasn’t making…

Hiring increase could mean turning point in jobs crisis

Hiring increase could mean turning point in jobs crisis

Companies added more workers in February than in any month in almost a year — a turning point for the economy that finally pushed the unemployment rate below 9 percent.…

Obama asks for ‘common ground’ in budget debate

Obama asks for ‘common ground’ in budget debate

President Barack Obama is urging lawmakers to find common ground on a budget deal to avert a government shutdown and says he’s willing to agree to steeper cuts to get…

Fewer teenagers getting it on

Fewer teenagers getting it on

Fewer teens and young adults are having sex, a government survey shows, and theories abound for why they’re doing it less. Experts say this generation may be more cautious than…

Obama proposes to $6.5 billion in spending cuts but it might not sell

Obama proposes to $6.5 billion in spending cuts but it might not sell

The White House called for $6.5 billion in immediate spending cuts Thursday as negotiations opened with tea party-backed Republicans in Congress seeking reductions nearly 10 times as large in their…

So many budget claims, so few facts

So many budget claims, so few facts

It sounds like a pretty good starting point for negotiations: The White House and Capitol Hill Democrats say they’re ready to meet the GOP halfway in the latest round of…

Student sues FBI over GPS tracking

Student sues FBI over GPS tracking

  A community college student who says he’s never done anything that should attract the interest of federal law enforcement officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the FBI for secretly…