Palin: Political contender or pretender?

Palin: Political contender or pretender?

Sarah Palin, the telegenic Republican who exasperates and delights voters about equally, is dropping ever more hints of a presidential bid, including a visit Saturday to the key state of Iowa. The official purpose of her trip to suburban Des Moines is to promote her new book, “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and […]

Obama: He doesn’t think much about Sarah Palin

Obama: He doesn’t think much about Sarah Palin

President Barack Obama says he respects Sarah Palin‘s political skills but hasn’t thought about the possibility of facing her in the 2012 presidential election. Obama acknowledges that Palin “has a strong base of support in the Republican Party,” but he says he spends most of his time focused on being “the best possible president.” In […]

Airport lines move smoothly as protest fizzles

Airport lines move smoothly as protest fizzles

The lines moved smoothly at airports around the country Wednesday afternoon despite an Internet campaign to get Thanksgiving travelers to gum up the works on one of the busiest days of the year by refusing full-body scans. The Transportation Security Administration said very few passengers opted out. And there were only scattered protesters — including, […]

Enhanced security protests ready to disrupt system

Enhanced security protests ready to disrupt system

Holiday travelers dismayed by airport body scans planned protests at bustling airports Wednesday, while the head of the nation’s transport security agency urged passengers to comply with searches to reduce the possibility of delays on one of the busiest travel days of the year. A loosely organized effort dubbed National Opt-Out Day plans to use […]

Obama: America ready to defend South Korea

Obama: America ready to defend South Korea

President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged the United States would stand “shoulder to shoulder” with South Korea after what the White House branded a provocative, outrageous attack by North Korea on its neighbor. Its options limited, the U.S. sought a diplomatic rather a military response to one of the most ominous clashes between the Koreas […]

Pope, conservatives at odds over condoms

Pope, conservatives at odds over condoms

Faced with a changing outlook from Pope Benedict XVI on condoms and their role in preventing the spread of HIV, many prominent conservative Roman Catholics in the U.S. are rejecting the Vatican’s own explanation of what the pope said. Several orthodox Catholics said they would only accept a more formal papal pronouncement. Others insisted that […]

Jon Kyl, others ignored Senate ban on earmarks

Jon Kyl, others ignored Senate ban on earmarks

Senate Republicans’ ban on earmarks — money included in a bill by a lawmaker to benefit a home-state project or interest — was short-lived. Only three days after GOP senators and senators-elect renounced earmarks, Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, the No. 2 Senate Republican, got himself a whopping $200 million to settle an Arizona Indian tribe’s […]

End coming for color-coded terror alert system

End coming for color-coded terror alert system

The Homeland Security Department is proposing to discontinue the color-coded terror alert system that became a symbol of the country’s post-9/11 jitters and the butt of late-night talk show jokes. The 8-year-old system, with its rainbow of five colors — from green, signifying a low threat, to red, meaning severe — became a fixture in […]

GOP wins another House seat as Democrat concedes

A sixth Democratic House seat in New York fell to Republicans on Tuesday when freshman incumbent Dan Maffei conceded he could not overcome his opponent’s narrow lead. The Republican, Ann Marie Buerkle, will be the first woman to represent central New York‘s 25th Congressional District. Maffei, who defeated Dale Sweetland to win the seat in […]

TSA agents face brunt of travelers’ anger

TSA agents face brunt of travelers’ anger

Airport security officer Ricky McCoy has heard the jokes: What does TSA stand for? “The Sexual Assailants.” TSA officers report being punched, kicked and shoved during pat-downs, and say one woman headbutted a screener who was searching her laptop. They are being called molesters and ordered not to touch “my junk.” And while they know […]