Obama signs unemployment benefits extension

Obama signs unemployment benefits extension

Just hours after Congress passed an $18 billion bill to restore unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed, President Barack Obama made it the law of the land. The measure comes as welcome relief to hundreds of thousands of people who lost out on the additional weeks of compensation after exhausting their state-paid benefits. They now […]

Health care opposition up, Obama down in poll

Health care opposition up, Obama down in poll

Opposition to President Barack Obama‘s health care law jumped after he signed it — a clear indication his victory could become a liability for Democrats in this fall’s elections. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds Americans oppose the health care remake 50 percent to 39 percent. Before a divided Congress finally passed the bill and […]

Foreclosure surge sets another record

Foreclosure surge sets another record

A record number of U.S. homes were lost to foreclosure in the first three months of this year, a sign banks are starting to wade through the backlog of troubled home loans at a faster pace, according to a new report. RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday that the number of U.S. homes taken over by banks […]

Mike Huckabee’s homophobia

Mike Huckabee’s homophobia

Mike Huckabee, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012, says the effort to allow gays and lesbians to marry is comparable to legalizing incest, polygamy and drug use. Huckabee also told college journalists last week that gay couples should not be permitted to adopt. “Children are not puppies,” he said. Huckabee visited The College of […]

LaHood’s bike policy hits GOP potholes

LaHood’s bike policy hits GOP potholes

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a weekend bicyclist, might consider keeping his head down and his helmet on. A backlash is brewing over his new bicycling policy. LaHood says the government is going to give bicycling — and walking, too — the same importance as automobiles in transportation planning and the selection of projects for federal […]

Tea partyers use wrong video to refute racism charges

Tea partyers use wrong video to refute racism charges

Three Democratic congressmen — all black — say they heard racial slurs as they walked through thousands of angry protesters outside the U.S. Capitol. A white lawmaker says he heard the epithets too. Conservative activists say the lawmakers are lying. What does the video show? Not much. Indeed, new interviews show that a much-viewed YouTube […]

Recognizing attempts to gag free speech

Recognizing attempts to gag free speech

Banning the sale of wine because of a nude, bike-riding nymph on the label of the bottle. Confining campus protests to a “free-speech patio.” Keeping street performers off the Las Vegas Strip. Those were some of the actions that the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression cited Tuesday in awarding its dubious […]

Don’t expect a quick economic recovery

Don’t expect a quick economic recovery

The pillars of Americans’ financial security — jobs and home values — will stay shaky well into 2011, according to an Associated Press survey of leading economists. The findings of the new AP Economy Survey, released Monday, point to an economic recovery that will move slowly and fitfully this year and next. As a result, […]

Obama’s jobs program stalls in Congress

Obama’s jobs program stalls in Congress

The election-year jobs agenda promised by President Barack Obama and Democrats has stalled seven months before voters determine control of Congress. Democrats have no money to pay for the program. That’s because both Republicans and the Democratic chairman of the Senate Budget Committee objected to taking money left over from the fund that bailed out […]

Republicans promise fight to keep libs off Supreme Court

Republicans promise fight to keep libs off Supreme Court

Republicans are promising a “whale of a fight” during the congressional election campaign if President Barack Obama picks too liberal a nominee to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Eleven days before his 90th birthday, Stevens said Friday he would step down when the court finishes its work for the summer, in hopes […]