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Pissed Democrats say tax bill will likely pass but they’re not happy about it

Pissed Democrats say tax bill will likely pass but they’re not happy about it

Slowly, painfully and reluctantly, congressional Democrats are slogging their way toward acceptance of President Barack Obama‘s tax cut compromise, which would let rich and poor Americans keep Bush-era tax cuts that were scheduled to expire this month. After Obama publicly defended the plan for a third day Wednesday, and Vice President Joe Biden met with […]

Obama’s new scare tactic: No tax cut, new recession

Obama’s new scare tactic: No tax cut, new recession

Raising the direst alarm yet, the Obama administration warned fellow Democrats on Wednesday that if they defeat the big tax-cut compromise detested by many liberals they could jolt the entire nation back into recession. President Barack Obama appealed anew for Congress to “get this done” and insisted that more congressional Democrats would climb aboard as […]

Senate Dems think they can pull off a vote on military’s gay ban

Senate Dems think they can pull off a vote on military’s gay ban

Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had a plan to overcome Republican objections and finally repeal the military’s 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops. The White House also expressed optimism that Congress would overturn the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, despite key GOP senators giving no indication that they would agree. A test vote was scheduled […]

Elizabeth Edwards: A tough lady who showed grace through tough times

Elizabeth Edwards: A tough lady who showed grace through tough times

A son dying young. A six-year battle with cancer. A humiliating betrayal. Americans knew Elizabeth Edwards in large part through her tragedies, but more importantly, they knew her for the vitality and determination she showed through them. Her cancer incurable and her former-presidential-candidate husband mired in a paternity scandal, she did not shrink from public […]

Court weighs constitutionality of gay marriage ban

Court weighs constitutionality of gay marriage ban

A line of questioning at an appeals court hearing over California‘s gay marriage ban suggested the three judges could issue a decision that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state but leave intact bans in other western states under the court’s jurisdiction. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard nearly three hours of arguments […]

Warning to America: Be prepared to use force against China

Warning to America: Be prepared to use force against China

Then-Australian leader Kevin Rudd told the United States it should be prepared to use force against China “if everything goes wrong”, a US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks reveals. In wide-ranging talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rudd also described Chinese leaders as “paranoid” about Taiwan and Tibet, and said that his push […]

Oh, wow…Sarah goes camping with Kate Goslin

Oh, wow…Sarah goes camping with Kate Goslin

Kate Gosselin is not a happy camper. On this week’s edition of “Sarah Palin‘s Alaska,” she and her brood make a much-anticipated guest appearance. But don’t expect it to reveal her inner Daniel Boone. “How would you like to go camping with Kate and her eight kids — that TV show you watch?” Sarah Palin […]

Is a deal near on taxes? That depends…

Is a deal near on taxes? That depends…

An outline of a bipartisan economic package is emerging that would temporarily extend the Bush-era tax rates for all taxpayers, while extending jobless benefits for millions of Americans. Differences remained over details, including White House demands for middle- and low-income tax credits. But Republicans and Democrats appeared to come together Sunday, raising the possibility of […]

Republicans block tax cuts for middle class

Republicans block tax cuts for middle class

President Barack Obama’s Republican foes in the Senate have blocked a move to let Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire, rejecting in the process Democrats‘ efforts to extend those breaks just for the middle class. Obama said he was “very disappointed” at the vote. “It makes no sense to hold tax cuts for […]

To spend or not to spend…that is Obama’s question

To spend or not to spend…that is Obama’s question

In less than three hours, the extraordinary forces tugging at Barack Obama‘s presidency — and the Republicans who will soon take more control of Congress — came into sharp relief: a sky-high jobless rate, an out-of-control deficit and pressure to keep taxes down. Together, they illustrate the difficulty of balancing immediate, costly fixes for the […]