GOP Presidential race starts to heat up

GOP Presidential race starts to heat up

The still unsettled race for the Republican nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012 is getting more interesting. After months of resisting calls to join the contest, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he would consider it. That could reshape the GOP field, adding a sitting governor who has never lost an election. Former […]

Obama signs four-year extension of Patriot Act

Obama signs four-year extension of Patriot Act

Congress on Thursday passed a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists. Votes taken in rapid succession in the Senate and House came after lawmakers rejected attempts to temper the law enforcement powers to ensure that individual liberties are not abused. Following the 250-153 evening […]

GOP presidential wannabes flip-flop on global warming

GOP presidential wannabes flip-flop on global warming

For Republican presidential contenders who once supported combatting global warming, the race is heating up. Faced with an activist right wing that questions the science linking pollution to changes in the Earth’s climate and also disdains big government, most of the GOP contenders have stepped back from their previous positions on global warming. Some have […]

Unemployment applications increase

Unemployment applications increase

More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the first increase in three weeks and evidence that the job market is still sluggish. The number of people seeking benefits rose by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 424,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. No states cited extreme weather as a factor in the increase, a department […]

Google, PayPal go after each other

Google, PayPal go after each other

Google Inc. hopes to nudge consumers and merchants into a world where the smartphone has replaced the wallet as the container for credit cards, coupons and receipts. While it tackles that challenge, Google also will have to spar with the biggest online payment service, eBay Inc.’s PayPal, in a legal battle that could be filled […]

Bachmann plans presidential announcement in June

Bachmann plans presidential announcement in June

Republican Michele Bachmann is making plans for a presidential campaign announcement next month in Waterloo, Iowa, the city where the Minnesota congresswoman was born. Bachmann trickled out the details in a conference call with reporters Thursday night but said she could still reverse course and sit out the 2012 White House campaign. Bachmann was supposed […]

Congress faces midnight deadline on Patriot Act

Congress faces midnight deadline on Patriot Act

Congress is rushing to extend the life of three anti-terror tools, including the use of roving wiretaps, before they expire at midnight Thursday. The Senate was set to start voting on the legislation, including possible amendments, Thursday morning. Final passage during the day would send it to the House for quick approval and then onward […]

GOP excesses may redefine 2012 races

GOP excesses may redefine 2012 races

Jubilant Democrats demanded Republicans abandon their sweeping plans to remake Medicare on Wednesday after casting a House race in upstate New York as a referendum on the popular program and emerging victorious. “The top three reasons for the election of a Democrat in one of the most conservative Republican districts in America are Medicare, Medicare […]

Palin’s presidential plans: Will she or won’t she?

Palin’s presidential plans: Will she or won’t she?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has authorized a feature-length film about her rise, added staff and recently said she has “that fire in the belly” for a presidential bid — all steps that fuel speculation she’s inching toward a White House run. Her supporters are putting together a campaign-in-waiting in Iowa, the lead-off nominating caucus, […]

Tea Party pushes right-wing propaganda on schools

Tea Party pushes right-wing propaganda on schools

America’s kids will be learning about the U.S. Constitution this coming school year with help from a decidedly conservative Idaho publishing house, if a tea party group gets its way. The Tea Party Patriots, Georgia-based but claiming 1,000 chapters nationally, are instructing members to remind teachers that a 2004 federal law requires public schools to […]