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Petraeus will try to sell Afghan war to skeptical Congress

Petraeus will try to sell Afghan war to skeptical Congress

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is facing an impatient and frustrated Congress, balancing his troops’ solid progress in combat with worries about Kabul government corruption, an expected Taliban resurgence this spring and the slow development of Afghan security forces. Gen. David Petraeus on Tuesday was to deliver his first formal assessment to America at […]

Palin’s plummenting poll problem

Palin’s plummenting poll problem

A new Bloomberg poll shows Sarah Palin‘s 15 minutes of fame and glory is coming to an end. Nationally, 60 percent of voters now have a an unfavorable view of Palin while moe than half — 38 percent view her “very” unfavorable.  That rating is higher than the combined ratings of Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie […]

Freedom of Information: An impossible dream?

Freedom of Information: An impossible dream?

Experts on the U.S. Freedom of Information Act are telling Congress that the law remains an unwieldy and inefficient tool for obtaining government records despite President Barack Obama‘s promise to reinvigorate the law and improve his administration’s transparency. John Podesta, president of the progressive Center for American Progress, says in testimony prepared for the Senate […]

Major quake would devastate California

Major quake would devastate California

California will experience unthinkable damage when the next powerful quake strikes, probably within 30 years, even though the state prides itself on being on the leading edge of earthquake science. Modern skyscrapers built to the state’s now-rigorous building codes might ride out the big jolt that experts say is all but inevitable, but the surviving […]

Did Scott Walker and the Kochs overplay their hand in Wisconsin?

Did Scott Walker and the Kochs overplay their hand in Wisconsin?

With 100,000 protesters rallying in Madison, Wisconsin this past Saturday to protest the union-busting tactics of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, the cracks may already be showing in the great tea party takeover of government. Public opinion polls show a majority of Americans didn’t like Walker’s tactics in Wisconsin. Sarah Palin‘s popularity is dropping while nutcases […]

Obama’s promises: Just more empty political rhetoric

Obama’s promises: Just more empty political rhetoric

Barack Obama sure talked a good game when he mesmerized the public with his captivating rhetoric that propelled him to win the Presidency in 2008 but two years into his occupation of White House shows a long string of broken promises, failure of leadership and an unwillingness to keep his promises to the American voters. […]

Wisconsin Dems: ‘We’re down but not out’

Wisconsin Dems: ‘We’re down but not out’

Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s newly elected Republican governor, won his battle last week to get the curbs he backed on public-sector unions approved by the state legislature and signed into law. But the Democratic Party and organized labor, which opposed the bill, show signs of being energized by the setback, which up-ends more than 50 years […]

Why did the Obama administration stay out of Wisconsin?

Why did the Obama administration stay out of Wisconsin?

Union leaders urged Vice President Joe Biden during a White House meeting last month to go to Wisconsin and rally the faithful in their fight against Gov. Scott Walker’s move to curtail collective bargaining rights for most public employees. Request rebuffed, they asked for Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. So far, however, the White House has […]