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Stop the presses! Obamas go to church

Stop the presses! Obamas go to church

President Barack Obama and his family took a break from their Hawaiian vacation to attend Sunday church services, a rare occurrence for a president who prefers to worship in private. The first family arrived at a chapel at Marine Corps Base Hawaii mid-morning for a multi-denominational service. The Obamas were greeted by about 100 clapping […]

Rotten weather stalls post-Christmas sales

Rotten weather stalls post-Christmas sales

Nothing frustrates a nervous retailer looking for a big return during post-Christmas sales than the depression that comes from a massive East Coast snowstorm that shuts down the shopping malls and keeps shoppers home for the day. After the best holiday season since 2007, retailers from the Southeast to New England looked outside as blizzard-level […]

Will Bill Clinton become Obama’s salvation?

Will Bill Clinton become Obama’s salvation?

In 1994, a chastened President Bill Clinton overcame the loss of Democratic control of Congress by turning the extremes of the Republican Party on itself — demonizing both the House and Senate. What made the turnaround even more astounding was his public pronouncement after the mid-term elections that this was exactly planned to do. Clinton’s […]

Major snowstorm batters East Coast

Major snowstorm batters East Coast

A post-Christmas blizzard zoomed up the East Coast Sunday, threatening to bring a  foot of snow and blizzards to New York City, New England and others areas Sunday, bringing holiday travel to a halt and overtaxing an already-strained emergency system. Airports grounded airplanes and road crews rushed to pre-treat roads as the Eastern half of […]

Republican chaos could help Obama

Republican chaos could help Obama

The great wall of GOP resistance, the Berlin wall of modern Washington politics, is already crumbling and threatening to the GOP takeover of the House and the gains in the Senate into just the sort of chaos that led to the Republican downfalls after the 1994 midterm elections. Besides multiple losses to President Barack Obama […]

Tax bill packed with goodies for business

Tax bill packed with goodies for business

The massive new tax bill signed into law by President Barack Obama is filled with all kinds of holiday stocking stuffers for businesses: tax breaks for producing TV shows, grants for putting up windmills, rum subsidies for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. There is even a tax break for people who buy race horses. […]

Do teens screw around less in a bad economy?

Do teens screw around less in a bad economy?

The U.S. teen birth rate in 2009 fell to its lowest point in almost 70 years of record-keeping — a decline that stunned experts who believe it’s partly due to the recession. The birth rate for teenagers fell to 39 births per 1,000 girls, ages 15 through 19, according to a government report released Tuesday. […]

Treasury Department cleared U.S. business with Iran

Treasury Department cleared U.S. business with Iran

The Treasury Department has granted nearly 10,000 special licenses to American companies over the past decade so they could sell some types of products in Iran and other countries the U.S. considers terrorist sponsors, The New York Times reported Thursday. Companies such as Kraft Food and Pepsi and some of the largest U.S. banks benefited, […]

How did a lame duck Congress become the Energizer Bunny?

How did a lame duck Congress become the Energizer Bunny?

This is the story of a “lame duck” Congress that wasn’t. Shaken by a historic election in which angry voters canceled Democratic control of the House, lawmakers of both parties and President Barack Obama tried something new: They consulted each other. They cooperated. And finally, they compromised. From tax cuts to a nuclear arms treaty […]

Obama signs end to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Obama signs end to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

President Barack Obama signed a new law Wednesday that will allow gays for the first time in history to serve openly in America‘s military. And he urged those kicked out under the old law to re-enlist. Framing the issue as a matter of civil rights long denied, Obama said that “we are a nation that […]