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Rep. Peter King opens his anti-Muslim sideshow

Rep. Peter King opens his anti-Muslim sideshow

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is pressing forward with his public examination of Muslim extremism in America, pointing to his first, tense hearing on the subject as a step toward desensitizing a taboo topic and rooting out terrorists on U.S. soil. “There’s an elephant in the room and nobody wants to talk […]

Mike Huckabee: Winner or loser?

Mike Huckabee: Winner or loser?

Were Mike Huckabee‘s recent gaffes enough to doom any presidential ambitions he still harbors? A calculated play for the Republican Party‘s base? Somewhere in between? The former Arkansas governor, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 and is considering another White House run, had to walk back two widely reported comments he made in radio […]

Gingrich: ‘Serving America made me screw around’

Gingrich: ‘Serving America made me screw around’

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, married three times and a self-admitted adulterer, says he screwed around because of his passion for America. “There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt agout this country, that I worked far too hard and that things happened in my life that were […]

Actress with history of film nudity will play Palin

Actress with history of film nudity will play Palin

Julianne Moore, an actress whose screen roles include a fair share of nudity, will play Sarah Palin in the film adaptation of Game Change, the book chronicling the 2008 Presidential election. Moore has shown a willingness to bare it all on film and lots of her were on display in the film Boogie Nights, where […]

Petraeus: It’s going to be a bad summer

Petraeus: It’s going to be a bad summer

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan says fighting this summer may be worse than last year but some reduction in American forces is still possible in July. Gen. David Petraeus tells The Associated Press that he plans to present President Barack Obama with varying levels of troop reductions that accommodate the president’s July […]

American military: Too white, too male

American military: Too white, too male

The U.S. military is too white and too male at the top and needs to change recruiting and promotion policies and lift its ban on women in combat, an independent report for Congress said Monday. Seventy-seven percent of senior officers in the active-duty military are white, while only 8 percent are black, 5 percent are […]

Gas prices controlled by more than just oil

Gas prices controlled by more than just oil

When Jay Ricker, owner of the BP gas station off Interstate 70 in Plainfield, Ind., set the price of unleaded gasoline at $3.44 per gallon on Monday of last week, it was 4 cents higher than the Friday before. That alone might have been irritating to drivers paying the highest gas prices in more than […]

Voter anger growing over government workers’ benefits

Voter anger growing over government workers’ benefits

When Erin McFarlane looks at public workers, she sees lucrative pension benefits she doesn’t ever expect to get. And it makes her mad. “I don’t think that a federal employee or government employee is worth any more than anybody else who does their job and does it well,” said the Slinger, Wis., woman. She’s been […]

Gates: U.S. must stay in Afghanistan

Gates: U.S. must stay in Afghanistan

“Obviously it would be a small fraction of the presence that we have today, but I think we’re willing to do that,” Gates told a group of U.S. troops at Bagram air field, which is headquarters for U.S. and NATO forces in eastern Afghanistan. “My sense is, they (Afghan officials) are interested in having us […]