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Republicans launch risky gamble on budgets

Republicans launch risky gamble on budgets

The Republican drive to cut spending, which begins in earnest this week, marks a political gamble that the public’s hunger for smaller government will trump its appetite for benefits, subsidies…

Republicans going easy on budget cuts

Republicans going easy on budget cuts

Republicans now running the House are barely touching Congress’ own generous budget even as they take a cleaver to many domestic agencies. A new GOP proposal would reduce domestic agencies’…

Farmers watch harsh winter destroy their way of life

Farmers watch harsh winter destroy their way of life

For Northeastern farmers long used to coping with all sorts of cold-weather problems, this winter presents a new one: snow and ice that’s bringing down outbuildings, requiring costly repairs, killing…

Once the king of retailers, Wal-Mart tries to regain ground

Once the king of retailers, Wal-Mart tries to regain ground

The battle for shoppers is playing out in this New York suburb: Wal-Mart versus everyone else. Dollar stores beckon, their small size ideal for quick shopping. Target offers 5 percent…

Egyptian government gives in on new concessions

Egyptian government gives in on new concessions

Egypt’s vice president met a wide representation of major opposition groups for the first time Sunday and agreed to allow freedom of the press, to release those detained since anti-government…

Soviet memories of Arab collapse: Been there, done that

Soviet memories of Arab collapse: Been there, done that

The astounding pro-democracy domino effect in the Arab world evokes the shock waves of 1989 that toppled communism in Eastern Europe and eventually brought down the Soviet Union. Two figures…

Cheney calls Muburak ‘a good friend’

Cheney calls Muburak ‘a good friend’

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Saturday called Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak a good friend and U.S. ally, and he urged the Obama administration to move cautiously as turmoil continued…

Mideast unrest adds unease to terror fight

Mideast unrest adds unease to terror fight

The unrest engulfing Arab streets and threatening authoritarian governments in the Mideast is complicating U.S. counterterrorism efforts. U.S. counterterrorism officials need to move quickly to firm up relationships with veteran…

Threatening note to Mike Delph: ‘It should have been you’

Threatening note to Mike Delph: ‘It should have been you’

Indiana State Sen. Mike Delph has received an e-mail saying the man suspected of shooting U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords should have instead targeted someone like him. The Indiana Senate has…

Obama to Mubarak: Hit the road Jack

Obama to Mubarak: Hit the road Jack

President Barack Obama said Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak should do the statesmanlike thing and make a quick handoff to a more representative government. Translation: Don’t let the door hit you on…