St. Louis airport reopens after tornado

St. Louis airport reopens after tornado

Flights began landing at St. Louis’ tornado-battered airport on Saturday night, a spokesman said, after an all-out effort to repair the damage from a storm that also wrecked houses, tossed cars and knocked out power. A preliminary count showed at least 750 homes were damaged, Governor Jay Nixon told reporters after touring the area by […]

Default could destroy U.S. economy

Default could destroy U.S. economy

The United States has never defaulted on its debt and Democrats and Republicans say they don’t want it to happen now. But with partisan acrimony running at fever pitch, and Democrats and Republicans so far apart on how to tame the deficit, the unthinkable is suddenly being pondered. The government now borrows about 42 cents […]

Birthers: The lunatic issue that just won’t go away

Birthers: The lunatic issue that just won’t go away

In a political environment where nutcase theories take root and won’t go away, the “birther” movement has become an albatross for the Republican Party. Based on the debunked belief that President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States, the birther movement now forces GOP candidates and leaders to take sides and walk a tightrope […]

The teapot boils over: Americans pissed about Medicare cuts

The teapot boils over: Americans pissed about Medicare cuts

In a poll that tea party extremists should read, a clear majority of Americans clearly oppose the drastic deficit reductions proposal of Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan and his fellow right-wingers in Congress. The new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds most Americans want Medicare left alone and oppose cuts in Medicaid and defense. The only thing […]

No spring break at the gas pumps

No spring break at the gas pumps

With gas prices above $4 in some states, Americans are canceling spring break plans and rethinking summer vacation, and some tourist destinations are offering gas vouchers of as much as $50 to talk people out of giving up and staying home. At Mount Rushmore, only about 37,000 people decided in March that seeing the four […]

Smelling the grass doesn’t justify police action

Smelling the grass doesn’t justify police action

The smell of marijuana smoke is no longer enough reason for police to order someone out of a car, now that pot has been decriminalized in Massachusetts, the state’s highest court said in a decision published on Tuesday. The ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court was in response to an appeal filed by lawyers […]

Obama’s deficit plan faces economic realities

Obama’s deficit plan faces economic realities

President Barack Obama came to the West Coast looking to sell a long-term plan for reducing the nation’s deficit. But he couldn’t escape the reality that many Americans are still waiting for short-term solutions to their economic problems, from persistent unemployment to the crippled housing market. Voters in California and Nevada did express both an […]

Americans hold dim view of U.S. economy

Americans hold dim view of U.S. economy

Americans are more pessimistic about the U.S. economic outlook than they have been since the start of the Obama administration and most believe the United States is on the wrong track, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll released on Thursday. The number of Americans who think the economy is getting worse jumped 13 […]

Can Obama recapture his magic or is it too late?

Can Obama recapture his magic or is it too late?

President Barack Obama, trying to explain away his many compromises that neutralized his promises of change during his first term as President, sounded a 2012 campaign theme Wednesday that appears to tell voters that things will get worse, not better.   With polls showing eroding support from the independents that gave him victory in 2008 […]

GOP scrambles for distrance from birthers

GOP scrambles for distrance from birthers

Republican Party leaders want nothing to do with the often-discredited “birther” movement and are scrambling to distance themselves from the fringe elements that continue to question the birthright of President Barack Obama. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer stood up to the birthers in her own state this week by vetoing a bill that would have demanded […]