Lawmaker seeks probe of White House secrecy pledge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A key Republican lawmaker on Friday called for an independent probe of an Obama administration practice that prohibited outside groups from participating in early discussions on rental housing policy unless they pledged secrecy. Full story on Reuters

U.S. launches diplomatic "surge" to end Afghan war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is mounting a “diplomatic surge” to end the war in Afghanistan even as military pressure is forcing Taliban insurgents to consider whether to break with al Qaeda, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday. Full story on Reuters

Obama touts innovation agenda for spurring jobs

HILLSBORO, Oregon (Reuters) – President Barack Obama touted his agenda to foster innovation as a means of spurring job creation and boosting U.S. global competitiveness during a high-tech visit to the Pacific Northwest on Friday. Full story on Reuters

Tensions heat up during Banking Committee hearing

Tensions heat up during Banking Committee hearing

Republicans escalated their push to delay and defund the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms on Thursday as top regulators warned the Senate Banking Committee of a staff and funding crunch. The chiefs of major agencies that are writing hundreds of rules mandated by Dodd-Frank told the panel at a hearing that they need more money to […]

Need a free rubber? Go to your smartphone

Need a free rubber? Go to your smartphone

Need a condom? There’s an app for that. The New York City Health Department on Monday unveiled a smartphone application that will help users locate the nearest place in the area giving out free condoms. “We want New York City to be the safest city in the world to have sex,” said Dr. Monica Sweeney, […]

Is the book about to close on Borders?

Is the book about to close on Borders?

Borders Group Inc filed for bankruptcy protection and said it would close about one-third of its bookstores, after years of shriveling sales that made it impossible to manage its crushing debt load. The long-expected Chapter 11 filing will give the second-largest U.S. bookstore chain a chance to try to fix its finances and overhaul its […]

State workers: ‘Hey, don’t blame us’

State workers: ‘Hey, don’t blame us’

When a New Jersey family with an autistic child walks into the state office seeking help, Norlande Perpignan is often the first person they see. A clerk making $41,082 a year at the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Perpignan, 40, is also on the front lines of a national debate about public spending, taxes and a […]

Angry Colin Powell wants answers on Iraq WMD lies

Angry Colin Powell wants answers on Iraq WMD lies

Ex-secretary of state Colin Powell called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain how he was given unreliable information which proved key to the US case for invading Iraq, the Guardian reported Wednesday. Powell’s landmark speech to the United Nations on February 5, 2003, cited intelligence about Iraq leader Saddam Hussein’s bioweapons programme gained from […]

As usual, defense dominates budget debate

As usual, defense dominates budget debate

Republicans pressed ahead on Wednesday with legislation to immediately slice more than $61 billion from domestic spending but found their budget-cutting unity shaken in a House of Representatives vote to kill a big weapons project. After refusing on Tuesday to trim other military spending for this year, the House voted 233-198 to deny immediately $450 […]