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White House wants standards for mortgages

White House wants standards for mortgages

The Obama administration favors creating a national standard for mortgage servicers such as Bank of America Corp (BAC.N) and JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) that have been accused of botching home foreclosure procedures. In unveiling its plan to overhaul the housing finance system, the White House said on Friday it supports reforms to correct problems […]

Welcome to America’s poorest county

Welcome to America’s poorest county

In the barren grasslands of Ziebach County, there’s almost nothing harder to find in winter than a job. This is America’s poorest county, where more than 60 percent of people live at or below the poverty line. At a time when the weak economy is squeezing communities across the nation, recently released census figures show […]

GOP says Obama’s too timid on budget cuts

GOP says Obama’s too timid on budget cuts

Republicans are mocking President Obama’s $3.73 trillion budget for 2012 for waving feebly at historically huge federal deficits. As if to show how it should be done, they are ready to start muscling their own package of deep cuts in domestic spending through the House. Eager to please their conservative tea party supporters, Republicans are […]

Can John Ensign restore his reputation?

Can John Ensign restore his reputation?

His conservative reputation wounded by the true-life soap opera of an extramarital affair and a betrayed best friend, Nevada Sen. John Ensign is trying to revive his political career and emerge victorious in a contest few think he can win. Ensign, who faces ethics charges stemming from an affair with a former employee married to […]

Time out from nastiness? Not around here

Time out from nastiness? Not around here

President Barack Obama? Weak, a socialist and a liar. Liberals? Monsters and a cancer. Former Vice President Dick Cheney? Called a war criminal, “murdering scum” and a draft dodger — by people in his own party. Just a month after the Arizona shooting rampage led to bipartisan calls for toned-down political discourse, incivility suffused the […]

Obama’s budget: $3.73 trillion

Obama’s budget: $3.73 trillion

President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $3.73 trillion spending blueprint that pledges $1.1 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade through spending cuts and tax increases. Obama’s new budget projects that the deficit for the current year will surge to an all-time high of $1.65 trillion. That reflects a sizable tax-cut agreement reached […]

The 2012 Presidential circus is here

The 2012 Presidential circus is here

Let’s face it. The Twilight Zone has definitely taken over the 2012 Presidential circus. And circus is a good way to describe the hilarious scramble by hapless Republicans who send out the usual suspects — along with a surprise or two — before the gaggle of right-wing dreamers at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference […]

Topless student cell-phone photo causes havoc

Topless student cell-phone photo causes havoc

An investigation continues into how a topless photo of a Phoenixville Area High School female student made its way around to different students  in a text message, causing police and administrators to take action. Superintendent of Schools Alan D. Fegley refused to comment on the student’s age, grade or any other details surrounding the situation, […]

Murbarak’s final hours: Trying to save his ass

Murbarak’s final hours: Trying to save his ass

Hosni Mubarak was supposed to announce his resignation on Thursday. The Egyptian military expected it. The new head of his ruling party pleaded to him face-to-face to do it. But despite more than two weeks of massive demonstrations by protesters unmoved by lesser concessions, the president still didn’t get it. Mubarak’s top aides and family […]