Presidential campaigns setting records for numbers of ads and negative messages

Presidential campaigns setting records for numbers of ads and negative messages

The 2012 presidential race, now entering its most intense phase, has already set records for the number of ads and their negativity, according to experts. Among the reasons: more money than ever to spend by a larger number of spenders, like “Super PACs,” which are outside groups formally unaffiliated with campaigns. Put together, the Republican […]

White House planning executive order on cyber-security

White House planning executive order on cyber-security

The White House is preparing to direct federal agencies to develop voluntary cybersecurity guidelines for owners of power, water and other critical infrastructure facilities, according to people who said they had seen recent drafts of an executive order. The prospective order would give the agencies 90 days to propose new regulations and create a new […]

Unemployed and uncounted: Out of work and out of hope

Unemployed and uncounted: Out of work and out of hope

When Daniel McCune graduated from college three years ago, he was optimistic his good grades would earn him a job as an intelligence analyst with the government. With a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University in Virginia, majoring in government service and history, McCune applied for jobs at the National Security Agency, the Federal […]

GOP-pushed voter ID laws could disenfranchise 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens

GOP-pushed voter ID laws could disenfranchise 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens

New voting laws in 23 of the 50 states could keep more than 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens from registering and voting, a new study said on Sunday, a number so large it could affect the outcome of the November 6 election. The Latino community accounts for more than 10 percent of eligible voters nationally. […]

Boy Scout files will reveal decades of sexual abuse coverup

Boy Scout files will reveal decades of sexual abuse coverup

The Boy Scouts of America could face a wave of bad publicity as decades of records of confirmed or alleged child molesters within the U.S. organization are expected to be released in coming weeks. On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported the organization failed to report allegations of sex abuse of scouts by adult leaders […]

More women than ever in this year’s House, Senate races

More women than ever in this year’s House, Senate races

Democrats and Republicans have nominated women as candidates in a record 181 U.S. Senate and House races that will be decided in November’s general election, the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University said on Thursday. The number of women nominated for U.S. House seats surged to 163 for the November election, breaking […]

Obama opens up lead over Romney in new poll

Obama opens up lead over Romney in new poll

President Barack Obama, picking up support following the Democratic National Convention, widened his narrow lead over Republican U.S. presidential challenger Mitt Romney in a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Saturday. The latest daily tracking poll showed Obama, a Democrat, with a lead of 4 percentage points over Romney. Forty-seven percent of 1,457 likely voters surveyed […]

Pentagon: Navy SEAL violated secrecy agreement with bin Ladin book

Pentagon:  Navy SEAL violated secrecy agreement with bin Ladin book

The Pentagon on Thursday released new details about a secrecy agreement signed by a former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about his role in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, escalating its argument that the commando violated promises not to disclose classified information. While declining to make public the non-disclosure document signed by […]

Price-gouging rampant in Charlotte during Democratic convention

Price-gouging rampant in Charlotte during Democratic convention

A budget hotel room goes for $500 a night. A turkey bagel sandwich will set you back $9. Five bucks will get you a single President Barack Obama button. Are we in Charlotte anymore? Clearly, this is no average week in North Carolina’s largest city. The Democratic National Convention may be a financial boom to […]