GOP says Obama’s too timid on budget cuts

GOP says Obama’s too timid on budget cuts

Republicans are mocking President Obama’s $3.73 trillion budget for 2012 for waving feebly at historically huge federal deficits. As if to show how it should be done, they are ready to start muscling their own package of deep cuts in domestic spending through the House. Eager to please their conservative tea party supporters, Republicans are […]

Can John Ensign restore his reputation?

Can John Ensign restore his reputation?

His conservative reputation wounded by the true-life soap opera of an extramarital affair and a betrayed best friend, Nevada Sen. John Ensign is trying to revive his political career and emerge victorious in a contest few think he can win. Ensign, who faces ethics charges stemming from an affair with a former employee married to […]

Time out from nastiness? Not around here

Time out from nastiness? Not around here

President Barack Obama? Weak, a socialist and a liar. Liberals? Monsters and a cancer. Former Vice President Dick Cheney? Called a war criminal, “murdering scum” and a draft dodger — by people in his own party. Just a month after the Arizona shooting rampage led to bipartisan calls for toned-down political discourse, incivility suffused the […]

Obama’s budget: $3.73 trillion

Obama’s budget: $3.73 trillion

President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $3.73 trillion spending blueprint that pledges $1.1 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade through spending cuts and tax increases. Obama’s new budget projects that the deficit for the current year will surge to an all-time high of $1.65 trillion. That reflects a sizable tax-cut agreement reached […]

The 2012 Presidential circus is here

The 2012 Presidential circus is here

Let’s face it. The Twilight Zone has definitely taken over the 2012 Presidential circus. And circus is a good way to describe the hilarious scramble by hapless Republicans who send out the usual suspects — along with a surprise or two — before the gaggle of right-wing dreamers at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference […]

Topless student cell-phone photo causes havoc

Topless student cell-phone photo causes havoc

An investigation continues into how a topless photo of a Phoenixville Area High School female student made its way around to different students  in a text message, causing police and administrators to take action. Superintendent of Schools Alan D. Fegley refused to comment on the student’s age, grade or any other details surrounding the situation, […]

Murbarak’s final hours: Trying to save his ass

Murbarak’s final hours: Trying to save his ass

Hosni Mubarak was supposed to announce his resignation on Thursday. The Egyptian military expected it. The new head of his ruling party pleaded to him face-to-face to do it. But despite more than two weeks of massive demonstrations by protesters unmoved by lesser concessions, the president still didn’t get it. Mubarak’s top aides and family […]

Forget the mortgage: America belongs to God

Forget the mortgage: America belongs to God

The tea party movement is mixing a strange political brew in famously independent New Hampshire, complicating the first-in-the-nation primary strategy for the growing number of potential Republican presidential hopefuls. Tea party activists have made significant inroads in a state that typically prefers GOP moderates and establishment candidates when choosing White House nominees. The grass-roots movement […]

A gun is your best ticket to the Texas State House

A gun is your best ticket to the Texas State House

Security is newly tightened at the Texas Capitol, but plenty of gun-toting visitors can breeze right through. Concealed handgun license holders walk through a special lane marked “CHL Access” around, and not through, the metal detectors put in place last year after a man fired shots outside the statehouse. Schoolchildren and tourists, meanwhile, have to […]

GOP budget plan: Cut everything in sight

GOP budget plan: Cut everything in sight

House Republicans called for cuts in hundreds of programs across the face of government Friday night in a $61 billion savings package toughened at the last minute at the demand of tea party-backed conservatives. From education to job training, the environment and nutrition, few domestic programs were left untouched — and some were eliminated — […]