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Betty Ford dead at 93

Betty Ford dead at 93

Betty Ford said things that first ladies just don’t say, even today. And 1970s America loved her for it. According to Mrs. Ford, her young adult children probably had smoked marijuana — and if she were their age, she’d try it, too. She told “60 Minutes” she wouldn’t be surprised to learn that her youngest, […]

House mixes messages on Libya

House mixes messages on Libya

The House is sending mixed signals on President Barack Obama‘s military action against Libya, voting to prohibit weapons and training to rebels looking to oust Moammar Gadhafi but stopping short of trying to cut off money for American participation in the NATO-led mission. In a series of votes Thursday, Republicans and Democrats expressed their dissatisfaction […]

Bomb implants: Newest terrorism threat?

Bomb implants: Newest terrorism threat?

US officials have warned airlines terror groups may be mulling implanting bombs under the skins of passengers, reports said Wednesday, but stressed the alert was not linked to any specific threat. The Los Angeles Times said the US administration had warned airlines that extremist groups were considering surgically implanting explosives into people to try to […]

Can economic upturn save Obama?

Can economic upturn save Obama?

Signs of economic improvement could bolster President Barack Obama‘s re-election hopes as he tries to beat back Republican attacks over his failure to create enough jobs. Economists say things are looking brighter in the second half of 2011, which would augur well for Obama as he gears up a 2012 campaign that will largely hinge […]

Debt limit worries increase

Debt limit worries increase

As the standoff over raising the government’s borrowing limit enters its final month, it’s becoming harder for investors to avoid thinking the unthinkable: the world’s most trusted borrower could soon renege on its debt. The U.S. Treasury says it will be forced to default on its obligations if Congress does not raise the $14.3 trillion […]

Obama hosts debt talks

Obama hosts debt talks

President Barack Obama is having friend and foe alike come to the White House to talk about cutting the budget deficit, with less than four weeks to avert a first-ever default on U.S. financial obligations. Thursday’s talks will include top lawmakers in both parties. Negotiations are gaining urgency by the day, because Republicans are insisting […]

GOP backs away from Obamacare repeal

GOP backs away from Obamacare repeal

Republicans stormed into control of the House after the 2010 elections determined to repeal Obamacare. They promised to replace the controversial health care “reform” with something else. That was then. This is now and you don’t hear much talk on Capitol Hill about “repeal and replace.” “I can’t get any traction,” says Iowa Rep. Steve […]

Even the right is pissed at Republicans

Even the right is pissed at Republicans

Republican intransigence on lifting the debt ceiling is angering those on both sides of the debate with even some on the right saying the GOP is taking a big chance with its our-way-or-the-highway strategy. “If the debt ceiling talks fail, independent voters will see that Democrats were willing to compromise but Republicans were not,” conservative […]

Debt-limit chicken

Debt-limit chicken

Like a high-stakes poker game with other peoples’ money, Democrats and Republicans continue to posture, ponder and pontificate in their game of debt-limit chicken as the deadline for raising the nation’s credit ceiling looms less than a month away. Publicly, neither side appears willing to budge.  They fight the battle in the media through sound […]