Maxine Waters: Another ethics mess for Democrats

Maxine Waters: Another ethics mess for Democrats

A second House Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters of California, could face an ethics trial this fall, further complicating the election outlook for the party as it battles to retain its majority. People familiar with the investigation, who were not authorized to be quoted about charges before they are made public, say the allegations could be […]

After 378 years, a family farm goes on the block

After 378 years, a family farm goes on the block

In 1632, John Tuttle arrived from England to a settlement near the Maine-New Hampshire border, using a small land grant from King Charles I to start a farm. Eleven generations and 378 years later, his field-weary descendants — arthritic from picking fruits and vegetables and battered by competition from supermarkets and pick-it-yourself farms — are […]

Rangel’s woes: An election year gift to Republicans

Rangel’s woes: An election year gift to Republicans

Republicans wanted an election-season ethics case against Democratic powerhouse Rep. Charles Rangel of New York. And now, it looks like they have one. A House ethics panel of four Democrats and four Republicans, who will determine Rangel’s guilt or innocence on 13 ethics charges, held its organizational meeting Thursday. The message going forward, from the […]

Deadliest month yet in Afghan war

Deadliest month yet in Afghan war

Three U.S. service members were killed in blasts in Afghanistan, bringing the toll for July to at least 63 and making it the deadliest month for American forces in the nearly 9-year-war. A NATO statement Friday said the three died in two separate blasts in southern Afghanistan the day before. The statement gave no nationalities, […]

FBI snooping worries privacy advocates

FBI snooping worries privacy advocates

Invasion of privacy in the Internet age. Expanding the reach of law enforcement to snoop on e-mail traffic or on Web surfing. Those are among the criticisms being aimed at the FBI as it tries to update a key surveillance law. With its proposed amendment, is the Obama administration merely clarifying a statute or expanding […]

Kerry fudges on yacht tax dodge

Kerry fudges on yacht tax dodge

Sen. John Kerry says he always intended to pay taxes in Massachusetts on his $7 million yacht but concedes he mishandled the public furor over his decision to dock the vessel in tax-free Rhode Island. Kerry tells The Boston Globe that he doesn’t believe he dealt with the issue quickly enough or effectively enough. He […]

Immigration ruling sends ‘hands off’ message to states

Immigration ruling sends  ‘hands off’ message to states

States that had been watching Arizona’s immigration law in hopes of copying it received a rude awakening when a judge put most of the measure on hold and agreed with the Obama administration’s core argument that immigration enforcement is the role of the federal government. The ruling marked a repudiation of the Arizona law as […]

Economic woes expected to continue

Economic woes expected to continue

The U.S. economic recovery will remain slow deep into next year, held back by shoppers reluctant to spend and employers hesitant to hire, according to an Associated Press survey of leading economists. The latest quarterly AP Economy Survey shows economists have turned gloomier in the past three months. They foresee weaker growth and higher unemployment […]

Rangel faces the jury

Rangel faces the jury

A jury of Rep. Charles Rangel’s congressional peers is ready to publicly discuss charges of ethical misdeeds. But the political discussions outside the room will be far more significant. Eight House lawmakers who will determine guilt or innocence of the former committee chairman will hold their first meeting Thursday. A number of Democrats considering calls […]

Democrats ignored Rangel’s ethics problems

Democrats ignored Rangel’s ethics problems

House Democratic leaders who promised to “drain the swamp” of corrupt Washington are doing a delicate rhetorical dance around one of their own, 20-term Rep. Charlie Rangel, as he faces a public trial on ethical misdeeds during a high-stakes midterm election. They can’t pressure the former Ways and Means chairman to strike a deal or […]