A bitter defeat for Nancy Pelosi

A bitter defeat for Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to serve as US speaker of the House, appeared out of a job after a short but productive four years in office as Republicans retook the chamber she ran with gusto. Pelosi, 70, won the distinction of being the highest woman ever elected to office in the United States. But […]

Report urges CIA control of U.S. special forces

Report urges CIA control of U.S. special forces

Support is growing in the US military and administration of President Barack Obama for shifting to the CIA operational control over elite special forces teams secretly in Yemen, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Citing unnamed officials, the newspaper said the foiled mail bombing plot by suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen has added urgency to […]

Voters still blame the people, not the system

Voters still blame the people, not the system

As if incumbents didn’t already have enough to worry about, add one more thing to the list. Optimism about the American system of government is at a 36-year low, yet most Americans blame the people in office — not the system itself — for all that’s going wrong, according to a new ABC News/Yahoo! News […]

Struggling Americans to candidates: Fix the economy, stupid

Struggling Americans to candidates: Fix the economy, stupid

Boarded-up homes and empty storefronts dot the once-prosperous town of Elkhart, Indiana, where those still struggling to recover from the economic collapse of 2008 have a simple message for politicians ahead of key mid-term elections: fix the economy, stupid. While the worst economic downturn to strike the United States since the Great Depression may have […]

Forest Service Has No Flood Emergency Plan, Notification System

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The U.S. Forest Service acknowledges in a new report that the agency had no warning plan in place the night 20 people died in a flash flood in southwestern Arkansas. The Forest Service released the report Friday about the deadly June flood. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Forest Service will […]

Obama in Seattle to recharge Democrats for Murray – Seattle Times

Telegraph.co.uk Obama in Seattle to recharge Democrats for MurraySeattle TimesPresident Obama stumped in Seattle on Thursday for Sen. Patty Murray, framing her re-election fight as a choice between "falling backwards and moving forwards." By Jim Brunner President Obama greets a throng of supporters after addressing Thursday …Factbox: Possible Republican White House candidates in 2012ReutersIn Seattle, […]

Republicans brand Pelosi as ‘witch’ and ‘puppy killer’

Republicans brand Pelosi as ‘witch’ and ‘puppy killer’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has proved an irresistible target to Republicans, who have branded the powerful Democrat a “wicked witch” and a would-be puppy killer ahead of November 2 elections. The Republican National Committee (RNC) has staged a nationwide “Fire Nancy Pelosi” bus tour to energize core supporters for the fight to retake the US […]

Report says U.S. military mistreating Afghan prisoners

Report says U.S. military mistreating Afghan prisoners

The US military is mistreating detainees — and violating its own rules — at a secret prison in Afghanistan, a US think tank said Friday in a report. The 16-page report by the Open Society Foundation said Afghans call the secret site “Tor Jail,” or “Black Jail,” and that consistent accounts from detainees refer to […]