Edwards aide: The money scheme ‘smelled wrong’

Edwards aide: The money scheme ‘smelled wrong’

A disillusioned campaign aide testified on Tuesday about the cross-country trek he took with former Senator John Edwards‘ pregnant mistress to hide her from the media during Edwards’ failed 2008 presidential bid. Andrew Young, the federal government’s key witness in the criminal campaign finance case against Edwards, told jurors that he agreed to falsely claim […]

Romney looks for sweep in today’s primaries

Romney looks for sweep in today’s primaries

Mitt Romney is all but certain to sweep Tuesday’s five presidential primaries, marking a nearly definitive end to the Republican nomination process. Voters in New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania will cast ballots Tuesday. But Romney won’t be in any of those states Tuesday night. Instead, he’ll return to New Hampshire, the state […]

The tools change but the profession stays the same

The tools change but the profession stays the same

At Washington & Lee University recently, the communications professor introduced me to his class as a “visual journalist.” A few weeks earlier, another prof at Hollins University called me a “multi-media storyteller.” Over the years, what I do for a living has come under many titles.  I’ve been a photojournalist, a journalist who takes photographs, […]

Congress divided over how or even if to deal with cyberthreats

Congress divided over how or even if to deal with cyberthreats

The mysterious caller claimed to be from Microsoft and offered step-by-step instructions to repair damage from a software virus. The electric power companies weren’t falling for it. The caller, who was never traced or identified, helpfully instructed the companies to enable specific features in their computers that actually would have created a trapdoor in their […]

Axelrod predicts Republican ‘reign of terror’

Axelrod predicts Republican ‘reign of terror’

Republicans in the U.S. Congress are under a “reign of terror” imposed by the party’s conservative wing that also has pushed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to the right, President Barack Obama’s senior campaign strategist said on Sunday. David Axelrod, in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” program, cited the Obama administration’s […]

Romney’s plan: More money for wars, less for health care

Romney’s plan: More money for wars, less for health care

Reducing government deficits Mitt Romney’s way would mean less money for health care for the poor and disabled and big cuts to nuts-and-bolts functions such as food inspection, border security and education. Romney also promises budget increases for the Pentagon, above those sought by some GOP defense hawks, meaning that the rest of the government […]

Congress expands probe into Secret Service scandal

Congress expands probe into Secret Service scandal

Congressional committees are widening their investigations into an alleged U.S. Secret Service scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia ahead of a recent trip there by President Barack Obama. The Senate Homeland Security Committee wants to determine whether what transpired “was an exception” or “a pattern of misconduct that has gone on elsewhere by Secret Service agents,” […]

John Edwards trial starts in North Carolina

John Edwards trial starts in North Carolina

Former U.S. Senator John Edwards goes on trial Monday on charges he used illegal campaign contributions to cover up an affair with a mistress who became pregnant during his failed bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Edwards is accused of accepting more than $900,000 in campaign funds from two wealthy donors, knowing the exposure […]

Nixon White House operative Charles Colson dead at 80

Nixon White House operative Charles Colson dead at 80

Charles Colson, a Richard Nixon White House operative during the Watergate scandal who had a reputation for ruthlessness before going to jail and starting a prison ministry, died on Saturday at age 80, the ministry said. Colson, who compiled Nixon’s infamous “enemies list” before Watergate brought down the president in 1974, died of complications from […]

Sarah Palin as Romney’s running mate? No one is that crazy (we hope)

Sarah Palin as Romney’s running mate? No one is that crazy (we hope)

Some people suggest presumptive GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney should consider Sarah Palin as his running mate. Some people need electro-shock therapy. Even in a Twilight Zone year of “anything is possible” politics, the concept of putting Sarah Palin on a national ticket is beyond ludicrous.  It suggests an departure from reality that zooms far […]