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Tea Party forges a vision for Montana

Tea Party forges a vision for Montana

With each bill, newly elected tea party lawmakers are offering Montanans a vision of the future. Their state would be a place where officials can ignore U.S. laws, force FBI…

Judge rules Assange can be extradited for sex crimes

Judge rules Assange can be extradited for sex crimes

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden over sex crimes claims, a judge said Thursday. Assange’s lawyer said he would appeal the ruling. Judge Howard Riddle said the…

Obama orders feds to stop defending anti-gay marriage act

Obama orders feds to stop defending anti-gay marriage act

One way for President Barack Obama to win the future, it seems, is to have his administration stop defending a federal law that bans recognition of same-sex marriage. Opinion polls…

Feds to big tobacco: ‘Admit you lied’

Feds to big tobacco: ‘Admit you lied’

The Justice Department wants the largest cigarette manufacturers to admit that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, forcing the industry to set up and pay for…

Most Americans support public employee unions

Most Americans support public employee unions

Most Americans oppose laws that would take away the collective bargaining power of public employee unions, as has been proposed in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states, according to a USA…

Foreclosure home sales dropped in 2010

Foreclosure home sales dropped in 2010

Sales of foreclosed homes fell in 2010 as the market struggled with weak demand, though they still represented more than a quarter of total sales, according to a RealtyTrac report…

Health care bureaucracy: Another ‘reform’ mystery

Health care bureaucracy: Another ‘reform’ mystery

How many federal bureaucrats does it take to carry out President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul? Don’t expect to find an easy answer in his new budget. It has no…

Wisconsin standoff is a national battle

Wisconsin standoff is a national battle

Organized labor is trying to re-energize and take advantage of the growing backlash from the wave of anti-union sentiment in Wisconsin and more than a dozen other states. President Barack…

Wisconsin standoff continues

Wisconsin standoff continues

Republican backers of Gov. Scott Walker‘s plan to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees are trying to move the explosive proposal closer to reality, even as Democrats remained…

Census shows 25 percent dying in U.S. communities

Census shows 25 percent dying in U.S. communities

Nestled within America’s once-thriving coal country, 87-year-old Ed Shepard laments a prosperous era gone by, when shoppers lined the streets and government lent a helping hand. Now, here as in…