Republicans: Obama screwed Israel

Republicans: Obama screwed Israel

Republicans looking to unseat President Barack Obama charged that he undermined the sensitive and delicate negotiations for Middle East peace with his outline for resumed talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said Obama, whom he served as U.S. ambassador to China until last month, undercut an opportunity for Israelis and Palestinians […]

IMF boss resigns amid sexual assault charges

IMF boss resigns amid sexual assault charges

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the embattled managing director of International Monetary Fund, has resigned, saying he wanted to devote “all his energy” to battle the sexual assault charges he faces in New York. The IMF’s executive board released a letter from the French executive Wednesday in which he denied the allegations lodged against him but said that […]

Romney has everything — except GOP enthusiasm

Romney has everything — except GOP enthusiasm

Mitt Romney has all the trappings of a GOP presidential frontrunner except for one important thing: enthusiasm from party activists. Romney raised a remarkable $10.25 million on Monday; Republican officials from across the nation meeting the next day in Dallas mostly shrugged. In nearly two dozen interviews at the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting, no […]

Coburn drops out of ‘Gang of Six’

Coburn drops out of ‘Gang of Six’

A top Republican senator in the bipartisan “Gang of Six” seeking agreement on a plan to cut the deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade dropped out of the group on Tuesday, saying that his colleagues weren’t willing to cut enough from benefit programs like Medicare. Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma said he doesn’t […]

Screwing the maid screws up the Governator’s legacy

Screwing the maid screws up the Governator’s legacy

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s political legacy in California already was tenuous. He left the governor’s office after seven years without making good on his central campaign promise to fix the state’s budgeting system, then commuted the manslaughter sentence for the son of a political ally in one of his final official acts, drawing the condemnation of prosecutors […]

Newt: 2012 election most important since 1860

Newt: 2012 election most important since 1860

Republican Newt Gingrich told a Georgia audience on Friday evening that the 2012 presidential election is the most consequential since the 1860 race that elected Abraham Lincoln to the White House and was soon followed by the Civil War. Addressing the Georgia Republican Party’s convention, Gingrich said the nation is at a crossroads and that […]

Outlook for Social Security, Medicare worsens

Outlook for Social Security, Medicare worsens

The bad economy is worsening the already-shaky finances of Medicare and Social Security, draining the trust funds supporting them faster than expected and intensifying the need for Congress to shore up the massive benefit programs, the government said Friday. Both Medicare and Social Security are being hit by a double whammy: the long-anticipated wave of […]