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Lame-duck Congress still has a full plate

Lame-duck Congress still has a full plate

Congress has more than a plateful of leftovers to deal with as lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday. At the top of the pile are the George W. Bush-era tax cuts, enacted in 2001 and 2003 and due to expire at year’s end. President Barack Obama and most Democrats want to retain them for […]

Harry Potter stays on top of box office

Harry Potter stays on top of box office

A fairy-tale princess gave young wizard Harry Potter a run for his money at the weekend box office. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1″ remained the No. 1 movie with $50.3 million over Thanksgiving weekend, closely followed by the animated musical “Tangled” with $49.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The next-to-last “Harry […]

U.S. trots out usual lies, threats to Wikileaks

U.S. trots out usual lies, threats to Wikileaks

Afraid of the truth, the administration of President Barack Obama is dusting off the tired and disproven “national security” defense in a last-ditch effort to stop publication of the latest leaks on America‘s failed efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq and threatened the Wikileaks owner with jail if he publishes thousands of pages of classified documents. […]

A terrorist plot or an FBI propaganda stunt?

A terrorist plot or an FBI propaganda stunt?

Didn’t take long for the conspiracy theorists to turn the FBI‘s latest bust of an allleged would-be terrorist in Oregon into a purported government-sponsored hoax designed to drive fear into the hearts of Americans as they head into the holiday season. Depending on who you talk to, Mohamed Osman Mohamud is either a Somali-born university […]

Looks like the end is near for Michael Steele

Looks like the end is near for Michael Steele

A significant bloc of Republican National Committee members wants embattled chairman Michael Steele to step aside, but the rank and file have failed to settle on a clear alternative, according to Associated Press interviews with committee members. More than four dozen interviews with members of the 168-member central committee found fear that a badly damaged […]

North & South Korea ‘on brink of war’

North & South Korea ‘on brink of war’

North Korea warned Friday that U.S.-South Korean plans for military maneuvers put the peninsula on the brink of war, and appeared to launch its own artillery drills within sight of an island it showered with a deadly barrage this week. The fresh artillery blasts were especially defiant because they came as the U.S. commander in […]

Pelosi’s mission: Sabotage Obama deals with GOP

Pelosi’s mission: Sabotage Obama deals with GOP

Hers was the face on the grainy negative TV ads that helped defeat scores of Democrats. His agenda, re-election chances and legacy are on the line. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, chosen after a messy family feud among Democrats to remain as their leader in the new Congress, and President Barack Obama share a keen […]

Obama plays Annie: ‘The sun will come out tomorrow’

Obama plays Annie: ‘The sun will come out tomorrow’

Saying America has a history of doing what it takes to make a better tomorrow, President Barack Obama is calling on a country climbing out of its worst economic slump in decades to summon that spirit again this holiday season. “This is not the hardest Thanksgiving America has ever faced. But as long as many […]

The hammer comes down on Tom DeLay

The hammer comes down on Tom DeLay

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress — was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts against DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit […]

Michele’s White House is no ‘Camelot’

Michele’s White House is no ‘Camelot’

She has glamorized kitchen gardening, spotlighted childhood obesity and invited thousands of students, many of them minorities, to official White House events. Expectations were high for a different kind of first lady, and in many ways Michelle Obama has lived up to them, maintaining the kind of high public profile that was widely anticipated when […]