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Clinton says Powell sold him on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Clinton says Powell sold him on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Former President Bill Clinton says “don’t ask, don’t tell” didn’t work out like he thought it would when Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin  Powell sold him on the idea 16 years ago. In an interview with CBS News anchor Katie Couric, Clinton said Powell convinced him the policy would be more lax and wold allow gay […]

Dissecting GOP spin on taxes

Dissecting GOP spin on taxes

The expiration of Bush-era tax cuts in January has sparked a partisan bickering match this election season, and much of the rhetoric from both Democrats and Republicans is misleading. A look at three prominent arguments, sorting the spin from the facts: ___ THE SPIN: Republicans warn that America faces the largest tax increase ever if […]

Obama’s health care problem

Obama’s health care problem

President Barack Obama once told Democratic lawmakers they’d be proud to campaign on historic health care legislation. Six months later, the only Democrats running ads about it are the ones who voted “no.” Now, with crucial midterm elections approaching, the White House is preparing to use the law’s six-month anniversary to reintroduce it to skeptical […]

Obama faces voter anger, disappointment

Obama faces voter anger, disappointment

President Barack Obama on Monday said times were still tough for many Americans, as he defended his policies during aggressive questioning after the worst U.S. recession since the 1930s was declared over. As audience members at a townhall-style meeting voiced exasperation and disappointment at his administration, and one woman said she was “exhausted” from defending […]

The auto bailout: Good idea or a blank check?

The auto bailout: Good idea or a blank check?

To hear President Barack Obama‘s account of the government’s rescue of General Motors and Chrysler, you might think the Bush administration handed the automakers a big blank check — billions of dollars in loans with no strings attached. Obama, defending his administration’s relations with the business community on Monday, said the White House knew the […]

Military’s gay ban: Hot issue in a hot campaign year

Military’s gay ban: Hot issue in a hot campaign year

It’s John McCain versus Lady Gaga on Tuesday as the Senate takes up the emotional issue of repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military. Senate Democrats have attached repeal of the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” law to a bill authorizing $726 billion in military spending next year. The fate of the […]

Powell uses illegals for home repairs

Powell uses illegals for home repairs

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says illegal immigrants do essential work in the U.S. and he has firsthand knowledge of that — because they fix his house. Powell, a moderate Republican, urged his party Sunday to support immigration generally because it is “what’s keeping this country’s lifeblood moving forward.” In an interview with NBC’s […]

GOP leader defends McDonnell

GOP leader defends McDonnell

The No. 3 man in the House Republican leadership is brushing aside a negative report on tea party upstart Christine O’Donnell as part of pre-election “silly season.” Rep. Mike Pence tells ABC’s “Good Morning America” any verdict on O’Donnell’s fitness to serve in the Senate is “up to the voters of Delaware.” The Indiana Republican […]

Midterms will define Obama’s presidency

Midterms will define Obama’s presidency

The congressional election in November will define President Barack Obama’s next two years in office as Republicans look likely to pick up seats and put their stamp on issues ranging from the huge budget deficit to economic recovery and immigration. Reuters correspondents will interview an influential line-up of newsmakers at next week’s Reuters Washington Summit […]