A sour end to 2012: Will 2013 be better?

A sour end to 2012: Will 2013 be better?

Many Americans seem to be in a sour mood as 2013 begins, after Hurricane Sandy ravaged parts of the East Coast, a gunman massacred 20 school children in Connecticut and a long, contentious election campaign was followed by failure to resolve the “fiscal cliff” issue by year-end. Americans have not been very optimistic since the […]

Obama looks at NRA guns in schools lunacy with skeptical disregard

Obama looks at NRA guns in schools lunacy with skeptical disregard

President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast on Sunday he hopes to get new U.S. gun control measures passed during the first year of his second term and is skeptical of a proposal by the National Rifle Association (NRA) gun lobby to put armed guards in schools. Obama assigned Vice President Joe Biden to […]

Former President George H.W. Bush moved out of intensive care

Former President George H.W. Bush moved out of intensive care

Former President George H.W. Bush‘s condition improved enough for him to be moved on Saturday out of the intensive care unit and into a regular room at the Houston hospital where he was admitted last month for respiratory problems, a spokesman said. Bush, 88, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, entered Methodist Hospital […]

For Senate, a ‘mission impossible’ from Obama?

For Senate, a ‘mission impossible’ from Obama?

Following a Friday meeting with congressional leaders, an impatient and annoyed President Barack Obama said it was “mind boggling” that Congress has been unable to fix a “fiscal cliff” mess that everyone has known about for more than a year. He then dispatched Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, […]

Republicans will have to live with a tax increase, no matter what happens

Republicans will have to live with a tax increase, no matter what happens

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are resigned to seeing some sort of income tax increase in legislation to avoid a “fiscal cliff,” but such efforts could be doomed in the absence of spending cuts, some Republican lawmakers say. Congress and President Barack Obama are gearing up for a last-ditch attempt to avoid $600 […]

Gun enthusiasts flock to shows to buy new arms

Gun enthusiasts flock to shows to buy new arms

Gun enthusiasts thronged to shows around the country on Saturday to buy assault weapons they fear will soon be outlawed after a massacre of school children in Connecticut prompted calls for tighter controls on firearms. Reuters reporters went to gun shows in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Texas, and found long lines to get in the door, […]

‘Fiscal cliff’ worries last minute shoppers

‘Fiscal cliff’ worries last minute shoppers

Retailers may not see a sales surge this weekend as ho-hum discounts and fears about imminent tax hikes and cuts in government spending give Americans fewer reasons to open their wallets in the last few days before Christmas. The acrimonious debate in Washington over how to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” is one of a […]

Boehner’s crash and burn on ‘fiscal cliff’: More trouble ahead?

Boehner’s crash and burn on ‘fiscal cliff’: More trouble ahead?

Now that House Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” for addressing the “fiscal cliff” has crashed and burned, the top U.S. Republican appears to have two remaining options – wash his hands of the entire matter or negotiate a compromise with Democrats that could abandon scores of his fellow Republicans. The Republican rank and file and […]

Court rules that employers can fire ‘too sexy’ employees

Court rules that employers can fire ‘too sexy’ employees

  The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that employers in the state can legally fire workers they find too attractive. In a unanimous decision, the court held that a dentist did not violate the state’s civil rights act when he terminated a female dental assistant whom his wife considered a threat to their marriage. […]