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Obamas name first male social secretary

Obamas name first male social secretary

The Obama White House broke decades of tradition Friday, naming the first man to ever serve as social secretary. Jeremy Bernard, a senior adviser to the U.S. ambassador to France, will soon trade Paris for Washington and take on the high-profile assignment, the White House announced Friday. That means he’ll be responsible for planning numerous […]

Chaos we got: So, where’s the order?

Chaos we got: So, where’s the order?

“Out of chaos comes order,” Friedrich Nietzsche once said. If true, then maybe there is hope because chaos, folks, is what we have all around us today. Congress? Chaos. The President? Chaos in an expensive suit. State governments like Wisconsin? Chaos after the midnight hour. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Chaos where people die. […]

Best Buy, Home Depot run into hard times in China

Best Buy, Home Depot run into hard times in China

Home Depot is no longer open for home improvements in Beijing. Best Buy Inc. decided its brand name electronics stores were not best for China. This may well be the world’s biggest and fastest growing consumer market, but foreign retailers are finding China is no easy sell as tough competition and a boom in online […]

Republicans to those in mortgage trouble: ‘Go to hell’

Republicans to those in mortgage trouble: ‘Go to hell’

The Obama administration‘s key housing market rescue programs landed on the chopping block on Thursday as a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives scheduled a vote next week to terminate them. The Republican leadership of the House Financial Services Committee said the panel will vote on a bill on March 3 that would kill […]

In reality, the government never really shuts down

In reality, the government never really shuts down

Social Security checks would still go out. Troops would remain at their posts. Furloughed federal workers probably would get paid, though not until later. And virtually every essential government agency, like the FBI, the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard, would remain open. That’s the little-known truth about a government shutdown. The government doesn’t shut […]

Tea Party forges a vision for Montana

Tea Party forges a vision for Montana

With each bill, newly elected tea party lawmakers are offering Montanans a vision of the future. Their state would be a place where officials can ignore U.S. laws, force FBI agents to get a sheriff’s OK before arresting anyone, ban abortions, limit sex education in schools and create armed citizen militias. It’s the tea party […]

Judge rules Assange can be extradited for sex crimes

Judge rules Assange can be extradited for sex crimes

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden over sex crimes claims, a judge said Thursday. Assange’s lawyer said he would appeal the ruling. Judge Howard Riddle said the allegations of rape and sexual molestation by two women are extraditable offenses and a Swedish warrant was properly issued. Assange has been out on bail […]

Obama orders feds to stop defending anti-gay marriage act

Obama orders feds to stop defending anti-gay marriage act

One way for President Barack Obama to win the future, it seems, is to have his administration stop defending a federal law that bans recognition of same-sex marriage. Opinion polls show a steady rise in Americans’ embrace of gay rights, and young voters solidly back positions their grandparents opposed, including gay marriage. “Anybody under the […]

Feds to big tobacco: ‘Admit you lied’

Feds to big tobacco: ‘Admit you lied’

The Justice Department wants the largest cigarette manufacturers to admit that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, forcing the industry to set up and pay for an advertising campaign of self-criticism for past behavior. As part of a 12-year-old lawsuit against the tobacco industry, the government on Wednesday released 14 “corrective […]