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The sounds of thunder

The sounds of thunder

He snapped awake at 0500, a full 30 minutes before the alarm was set to go off. For more than 30 years, he had been waking up at 5 a.m. It…

Obama signs four-year extension of Patriot Act

Obama signs four-year extension of Patriot Act

Congress on Thursday passed a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists. Votes taken in rapid succession in the Senate…

Judge voids Wisconsin union-busting law

Judge voids Wisconsin union-busting law

A Wisconsin judge on Thursday voided a controversial Republican-backed law restricting the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions in the state. Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi, who was appointed…

GOP presidential wannabes flip-flop on global warming

GOP presidential wannabes flip-flop on global warming

For Republican presidential contenders who once supported combatting global warming, the race is heating up. Faced with an activist right wing that questions the science linking pollution to changes in…

Unemployment applications increase

Unemployment applications increase

More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the first increase in three weeks and evidence that the job market is still sluggish. The number of people seeking benefits rose…

Tax, healthcare disputes stall budget talks

Tax, healthcare disputes stall budget talks

Vice President Joe Biden and top lawmakers faced an impasse on taxes and healthcare on Thursday as they worked on a deal to tame the United States’ debt and increase…

GOP excesses may redefine 2012 races

GOP excesses may redefine 2012 races

Jubilant Democrats demanded Republicans abandon their sweeping plans to remake Medicare on Wednesday after casting a House race in upstate New York as a referendum on the popular program and…

Palin’s presidential plans: Will she or won’t she?

Palin’s presidential plans: Will she or won’t she?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has authorized a feature-length film about her rise, added staff and recently said she has “that fire in the belly” for a presidential bid —…

John Edwards under criminal investigation

John Edwards under criminal investigation

Multiple reports say former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards will soon be indicted by the Justice Department on criminal charges for allegedly violating campaign finance laws in an effort…

Tea Party pushes right-wing propaganda on schools

Tea Party pushes right-wing propaganda on schools

America’s kids will be learning about the U.S. Constitution this coming school year with help from a decidedly conservative Idaho publishing house, if a tea party group gets its way.…