Mosque controversy another problem for Democrats

Mosque controversy another problem for Democrats

Add another election-year hurdle for Democrats: President Barack Obama‘s forceful defense of the right of Muslims to build a mosque near the World Trade Center site. His comments are giving Republicans a campaign-year cudgel and forcing Democrats to address a divisive issue within weeks of midterm contests that will decide the balance of power in […]

Name-calling dominates campaigns

Name-calling dominates campaigns

Name-calling is a winner this campaign season. By a landslide. In Illinois, dueling political wordsmiths long ago cast the Senate race as a choice between a “mob banker” and a “serial liar.” The rivals are more generally known as Alexi Giannoulias, the Democrat, and Rep. Mark Kirk, the Republican. One of them will soon trade […]

The deadly gamble in Afghanistan

The deadly gamble in Afghanistan

U.S. support for the 9-year Afghanistan war is slipping and the death toll is climbing. As the fighting intensifies, the Pentagon and White House are hoping that political support for the war can hold at least through year’s end to give Army Gen. David Petraeus time to make headway. Progress in Afghanistan only began this […]

Teens can screw around and still do good in school

Teens can screw around and still do good in school

There’s good news for parents who worry that their teenagers’ sex lives are affecting their school performance: A provocative new study has found that teens in committed relationships do no better or worse in school than those who don’t have sex. The same isn’t true for teens who “hook up.” Researchers found that those who […]

Obama backtracks on ground zero mosque controversy

Obama backtracks on ground zero mosque controversy

Weighing his words carefully on a fiery political issue, President Barack Obama said Saturday that Muslims have the right to build a mosque near New York’s ground zero, but he did not say whether he believes it is a good idea to do so. Obama commented during a trip to Florida, where he expanded on […]

Independents turn thumbs down on Democrats

Independents turn thumbs down on Democrats

Independents who embraced President Barack Obama‘s call for change in 2008 are ready for a shift again, and that’s worrisome news for Democrats. Only 32 percent of those citing no allegiance to either major party say they want Democrats to keep control of Congress in this November’s elections, according to combined results of recent Associated […]

Obama supports ground zero mosque

Obama supports ground zero mosque

After skirting the controversy for weeks, President Barack Obama is weighing in forcefully on the mosque near ground zero, saying a nation built on religious freedom must allow it. “As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country,” Obama told […]

Obama: GOP out to kill Social Security

Obama: GOP out to kill Social Security

President Barack Obama used the anniversary of Social Security to trumpet Democrats’ support for the popular program and accuse Republicans of trying to destroy it. Seventy-five years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law, Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday: “We have an obligation to keep that promise, […]

Ethics-challenged Waters still popular on home turf

Ethics-challenged Waters still popular on home turf

Congressional ethics charges have tarnished Maxine Waters’ reputation in Washington. But in the struggling, mostly Hispanic and black neighborhoods she represents, residents still hold the 10-term Democratic congresswoman in high esteem. “If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t even be in school,” Carol Jones, 51, said after finishing classes for the day at the Maxine […]

Judge to gay marriage opponents: ‘Give it up’

Judge to gay marriage opponents: ‘Give it up’

The federal judge who overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban has more bad news for the measure’s sponsors: he not only is unwilling to keep gay couples from marrying beyond next Wednesday, he doubts the ban’s backers have the right to challenge his ruling. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker on Thursday rejected a request […]