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The poor struggling billionaire

When the agriculture lobby tries to justify its hugely expensive and inefficient system of taxpayer-paid subsidies and price supports, it invokes the "small family farm," conjuring up Grant Wood's famed…

Senators benefit from farm subsidies

For some lawmakers, the current U.S. Senate debate on farm subsidies strikes close to home. At least six senators have received government agriculture handouts in recent years. Although some pocket a relative…

Billionaries get ag handouts

More than 50 American billionaires have received government farm handouts in recent years from a program created to help struggling small farmers survive. In just two years, between 2003 and 2005,…

Striking out

Six months after his nomination to be the nation's top doc triggered fevered objections, James Holsinger just lost his best chance to finally get the job. Holsinger, a Kentucky public-health physician…

Can Congress stand up to Bush?

Does Congress have the guts to stand up to President George W. Bush and withhold funding for his illegal and immoral war in Iraq? Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill claim they…

Masters of strategic inaction

Americans shouldn't expect much relief from the nation's problems for the next 14 months. That would mean solving immigration, health care, Social Security, Medicare and a dozen other domestic- and…

Another meaningless gesture?

House Democrats pushed through a $50 billion bill for the Iraq war Wednesday night that would require President Bush to start bringing troops home in coming weeks with a goal…

How to swamp a veto

George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter now have something in common. Congress has slapped down both presidents over costly water projects. When Carter took office, he cut out of the federal…

Appearance of impropriety

The term "appearance of impropriety" became a standard measurement in assessing conflicts of interest during the Supreme Court confirmation battles of the Nixon administration. It first came to prominence when…

Senate confirms Mukasey

The US Senate late Thursday confirmed Michael Mukasey as the country's new attorney general, despite criticism of his refusal to say whether an interrogation method called "waterboarding" was legal. Mukasey was…