Lower gas prices fuel economic growth

Lower gas prices fuel economic growth

The U.S. economy likely grew at a brisk clip in the fourth quarter as lower gasoline prices buoyed consumer spending, in a show of resilience despite a darkening global outlook. Gross domestic product probably expanded at a 3 percent annual pace, according to a Reuters survey of economists. While that would be a step down […]

McCain calls protestors ‘low-life scum’

McCain calls protestors ‘low-life scum’

U.S. Senator John McCain had a blunt message for demonstrators chanting for the arrest of Henry Kissinger at a Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing on Thursday: “Get out of here, you low-life-scum.” The protesters, from the Code Pink anti-war group, drew the ire of the Arizona Republican who chairs the committee after some of them […]

Don’t support Obama? Expect less federal aid at home

Don’t support Obama? Expect less federal aid at home

As Washington has tightened its belt in recent years, the budget cuts have sliced most deeply in states where President Obama is unpopular, according to an analysis of federal spending by Reuters. Between the 2009 and 2013 fiscal years, funding for a wide swath of discretionary grant programs, from Head Start preschool education to anti […]

Obama invites Republicans to meet new Saudi king

Obama invites Republicans to meet new Saudi king

President Barack Obama will fly a 30-member delegation, including top officials and respected Republican foreign policy veterans, to Riyadh on Tuesday to meet Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman as the crisis in neighboring Yemen continues to boil. The hastily scheduled trip to pay respects following the death last week of King Abdullah underscores a strengthening […]

Republicans continue to target global warming

Republicans continue to target global warming

Rick Perry’s farewell speech to the Texas legislature listed the accomplishments expected from an outgoing Republican governor of the country’s largest oil-producing state. But his Jan. 15 speech also did something less predictable: touting his environmental record, from lowering Texas’ carbon emissions to turning the state into a global leader in wind energy production. “We […]

GOP Presidential wannabes strut their stuff for Kochs

GOP Presidential wannabes strut their stuff for Kochs

Three potential Republican presidential candidates appeared before a gathering of wealthy donors organized by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers in California on Sunday night. The summit, held at a luxury resort near Palm Springs sealed off to outsiders, drew Republican Senators Marco Rubio from Florida, Rand Paul from Kentucky and Ted Cruz from Texas. It […]

Next up for President: Chris Christie

Next up for President: Chris Christie

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his supporters have formed a political-action committee ahead of a likely bid for president, adding a third well-known Republican figure to the fight for campaign funds among the party’s core donor class, the Wall Street Journal reported. The launch of the PAC, called Leadership Matters for America, is the […]

Cuba releases 53 prisoners as part of deal with U.S.

Cuba releases 53 prisoners as part of deal with U.S.

Cuba has released all 53 prisoners it had promised to free, senior U.S. officials said, a major step toward dĂ©tente with Washington. The release of the remaining prisoners sets a positive tone for historic talks next week aimed at normalizing relations after decades of hostility, the officials said. They described the Cuban government’s release over […]

Democrats want to boost middle class, tax the rich

Democrats want to boost middle class, tax the rich

Democratic congressional leaders plan on Monday to unveil proposed legislation to boost the middle class by giving many families a tax cut that would be countered by a fee on financial transactions and reduced tax benefits for the top 1 percent of earners, the Washington Post reported. The plan, which Representative Chris Van Hollen of […]

Obama takes aim at Internet security

Obama takes aim at Internet security

President Barack Obama will highlight plans next week to protect American consumers and businesses from cyber threats, a month after the most high-profile hacking attack on a U.S. company. Internet security became a national focus after a cyberattack on Sony Pictures that Washington blamed on North Korea. The attack and subsequent threats of violence against […]