Bernanke says Fed pullback could put economic recovery at risk

Bernanke says Fed pullback could put economic recovery at risk

Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, said on Friday that pulling back on aggressive policy measures too soon would pose a real risk of damaging a still-fragile recovery. There has been some disagreement within the Fed of whether the U.S. central bank’s bond-buying program, which is designed to push down long-term interest rates, […]

Hagel claims budget cuts puts Pentagon missions in peril

Hagel claims budget cuts puts Pentagon missions in peril

New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Friday that budget uncertainty, including $46 billion in new defense cuts, jeopardizes the Pentagon‘s ability to effectively fulfill all its missions. Hagel, appearing at his first Pentagon news conference since he was sworn in on Wednesday, said the cuts mean the U.S. Navy would gradually stand down four […]

Gay candidate for mayor killed in Mississippi

Gay candidate for mayor killed in Mississippi

A candidate for mayor of a small town in Mississippi was found dead by a river on Wednesday morning, the victim of an apparent homicide, police said. Marco McMillian, 34, was one of the first viable, openly gay candidates in Mississippi, according to the Victory Fund, a national organization that supports and endorses lesbian, gay, […]

Right-winger Ted Cruz: Another Joe McCarthy?

Right-winger Ted Cruz: Another Joe McCarthy?

First-term Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas on Tuesday staunchly defended his aggressive, in-your-face style that already is raising eyebrows in Washington and has led a Senate Democrat to suggest his tactics reminded her of McCarthyism. “Washington has a long tradition of trying to hurl insults to silence those who they don’t like what they’re […]

Arkansas House approves bill to allow guns on college campuses

Arkansas House approves bill to allow guns on college campuses

Faculty and staff members in Arkansas would be allowed to carry concealed handguns on the state’s college campuses under a measure approved on Friday by state representatives that also has the backing of Governor Mike Beebe. The Arkansas state House voted 70 to 11 to allow colleges and universities to decide themselves whether to allow […]

Biden sees urgency in need for more gun control

Biden sees urgency in need for more gun control

Vice President Joe Biden, speaking hours after a fatal shooting at a courthouse in his home state of Delaware, said on Monday there was an unprecedented sense of urgency among police and officials to enact gun control laws. “The one thing that came across to me in talking with the mayors and law enforcement officers […]

Pentagon admits backing plan to arm Syrian rebels

Pentagon admits backing plan to arm Syrian rebels

Pentagon leaders told Congress on Thursday that they had supported a recommendation to arm Syrian rebels promoted by the State Department and CIA but which President Barack Obama ultimately decided against. Obama’s government has limited its support to non-lethal aid for the rebels who, despite receiving weapons from countries like Qatar and Saudi Arabia, are […]