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The Supremes and Westboro Baptist Church: The high price of freedom

The Supremes and Westboro Baptist Church: The high price of freedom

Back when the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes had a feature called “point/counterpoint” featuring conservative pundit James J. Kilpatrick and liberal Shana Alexander, Kilpatrick opened a defense of the First Amendment rights of pornographer Larry Flynt by saying: There’s an old saying that when you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas. Well […]

Obama, in search of a deal, offers deeper spending cuts

Obama, in search of a deal, offers deeper spending cuts

President Barack Obama says he’s willing to make deeper spending cuts if Congress can compromise on a budget deal that would end the threat of a government shutdown. Obama’s appeal for common ground came Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address, but lacked specifics on how to bridge the $50 billion gulf that divides […]

Obama may tap oil reserves to fight rising gas prices

Obama may tap oil reserves to fight rising gas prices

President Barack Obama’s chief of staff says the administration is looking at the nation’s oil reserves as it considers options for dealing with the spike in gas prices. The price of a barrel of oil has passed $100. In the U.S., gasoline is averaging $3.50 a gallon. Those increases come amid unrest in the oil-producing […]

A more experienced Romney targets Obama

A more experienced Romney targets Obama

This time, Mitt Romney has a clear pitch: I’m the strongest Republican to challenge President Barack Obama on the country’s single biggest issue — the economy. “He created a deeper recession, and delayed the recovery,” Romney said Saturday, previewing his campaign message before Republicans in this influential early nominating state. “The consequence is soaring numbers […]

Gay legislators impact civil unions debate

Gay legislators impact civil unions debate

Of America‘s 7,382 state legislators, only 85 are openly gay or lesbian. They are, however, playing an outsized and often impassioned role when the agenda turns to recognizing same-sex couples with civil unions or full marriage rights. In Hawaii and Illinois, gay state representatives were lead sponsors of civil union bills signed into law earlier […]

Gingrich confirms he expects to run for President

Gingrich confirms he expects to run for President

F ormer House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he expects to be a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Gingrich announced Thursday that he’s exploring a run for president, launching a website to collect donations. In an interview Friday night with Fox News Channel‘s Sean Hannity, Gingrich said “my expectation is that by the […]

Hiring increase could mean turning point in jobs crisis

Hiring increase could mean turning point in jobs crisis

Companies added more workers in February than in any month in almost a year — a turning point for the economy that finally pushed the unemployment rate below 9 percent. Economists say the stronger hiring should endure all year. The 222,000 jobs the private sector created more than offset layoffs by financially squeezed state and […]

Obama asks for ‘common ground’ in budget debate

Obama asks for ‘common ground’ in budget debate

President Barack Obama is urging lawmakers to find common ground on a budget deal to avert a government shutdown and says he’s willing to agree to steeper cuts to get there. The president issued a call for compromise Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address but without offering any specifics on how to bridge […]

Tea Party gun lovers pack heat at Montana rally

Tea Party gun lovers pack heat at Montana rally

About two dozen gun-toting Tea Party activists staged a rally at the Montana statehouse on Friday to support the Second Amendment right to bear arms and limiting the reach of the federal government. Outnumbered by the media and politicians in attendance, the protesters spoke in favor of conservative-backed bills to nullify various U.S. laws, such […]