The politics of immigration

The politics of immigration

Arizona’s tough new immigration law swiftly reconfigured the national political landscape in an already high-octane election year. It creates peril for Democrats and Republicans on a divisive issue with implications for national security, states rights and race. Both parties are trying to figure out the next step, mindful not to enflame their electoral base or […]

Lawsuits expected over Arizona immigration law

Lawsuits expected over Arizona immigration law

The debate over Arizona’s new illegal immigrant law will likely move from protest lines and talk shows to the courtroom, where a judge could be asked to decide whether the state can enforce laws that until now had been the federal government’s exclusive domain. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the bill on Friday, said […]

Dems to GOP: ‘Go ahead, make our day’

Dems to GOP: ‘Go ahead, make our day’

With a showdown vote looming, Democrats are resisting Republican appeals for a broad compromise on financial overhaul legislation and are eager to test whether GOP unity will crack in an anti-Wall Street political climate. The top negotiators on the regulatory bill — Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd and Republican Sen. Richard Shelby — professed to be […]

Congressman urges feds to fight Arizona’s Gestapo immigration law

Congressman urges feds to fight Arizona’s Gestapo immigration law

An Arizona congressman urged the Obama administration not to cooperate when illegal immigrants are picked up by local police if a tough new state immigration law survives legal challenges. U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat, and civil rights activists spoke on Sunday to thousands of people gathered at the state Capitol and called on President […]

Things ain’t looking good for Marco Rubio

Things ain’t looking good for Marco Rubio

Now that Republicans have made him the U.S. Senate front-runner, Marco Rubio is trying to weather potentially damaging revelations about his credit card use, double billing for airfare and murky finances. A few months ago, the former Florida House speaker seemed an unlikely bet to beat Gov. Charlie Crist in the party’s Senate primary. And […]

Palin ventures into liberal territory

Palin ventures into liberal territory

Sarah Palin praised Republicans at a fundraising dinner in a liberal-leaning Oregon town for having the boldness to invite her to speak. The former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate was the headliner for the Lane County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day dinner in Eugene, Oregon. She spoke Friday evening as about 150 demonstrators gathered […]

Mattel gets pass on safety checks

Mattel gets pass on safety checks

The nation’s biggest toy maker, Mattel Inc., is getting another exemption on federal safety rules even as smaller companies struggle with testing costs imposed after a rash of Mattel toy recalls in 2007. Under the law passed after the recalls, the makers of children’s products must perform independent third-party tests for lead, lead paint and […]

Be prepared? Boy Scouts ordered to pay up in sex abuse case

Be prepared? Boy Scouts ordered to pay up in sex abuse case

An Oregon jury’s decision to award a man $18.5 million in punitive damages in his case against the Boy Scouts of America will likely be the first of many financial hits the Scouts will take as it prepares to defend itself against a series of sex abuse lawsuits. The jury on Friday ordered the Scouts […]

Porn surfing by SEC execs draws GOP ire

Porn surfing by SEC execs draws GOP ire

Republicans are stepping up their criticism of the Securities and Exchange Commission following reports that senior agency staffers spent hours surfing pornographic websites on government-issued computers while they were supposed to be policing the nation’s financial system. California Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said it was […]

Health care costs will go up, up, up

Health care costs will go up, up, up

President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul law is getting a mixed verdict in the first comprehensive look by neutral experts: More Americans will be covered, but costs are also going up. Economic experts at the Health and Human Services Department concluded in a report issued Thursday that the health care remake will achieve Obama’s aim […]