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Midterm elections: An echo, not a choice

Midterm elections: An echo, not a choice

Take back America. That’s the mantra for so-called “grassroots” groups for this year’s elections. But when voters walk into the polling booth on Nov. 2 do they really have a…

U.S. use of mercenaries endanders lives in Afghanistan

U.S. use of mercenaries endanders lives in Afghanistan

U.S. reliance on private security in Afghanistan that is poorly monitored and often results in the hiring of Afghan warlords is profiting the Taliban and could endanger coalition troops, according…

Rush to judgment: Vilsack ignored facts in Sherrod debacle

Rush to judgment: Vilsack ignored facts in Sherrod debacle

Former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod pleaded with officials to hear her out after she was ousted from the USDA during a racial firestorm in July, internal e-mails show. Sherrod’s…

Foreclosure fury: Obama sends bill back to Congress

Foreclosure fury: Obama sends bill back to Congress

President Barack Obama killed proposed legislation on Thursday that struck at the heart of growing political rage over how banks have moved to evict struggling borrowers from their homes. The…

New media? Everything new is old again

New media? Everything new is old again

Washington Post media writer Howard Kurtz shocked his colleagues and even his critics this week when he announced he was leaving the Post after 29 years to join The Daily…

Working-class whites say ‘no way’ to Democrats

Working-class whites say ‘no way’ to Democrats

Desperate for jobs and cool toward President Barack Obama, working-class whites are flocking to Republicans, turning a group long wary of Democrats into an even bigger impediment to the party’s…

It’s go-for-broke time in Afghanistan

It’s go-for-broke time in Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan enters its 10th year Thursday with key players hedging their bets, uncertain whether the Obama administration is prepared to stay for the long haul, move quickly…

Midterm election campaigns get down and dirty

Midterm election campaigns get down and dirty

Leaked audio in Nevada reveals a Republican Senate candidate trashing her party. Video of a Democratic Senate hopeful wrongly claiming he served in Vietnam becomes a TV ad in Connecticut.…

BP’s oil spill compensation program plagued with problems

BP’s oil spill compensation program plagued with problems

In the rush to get compensation from BP after its massive oil spill, the $20 billion fund that the company created has been inundated with questionable documentation, inflated claims and…

‘Naked cowboy’ announces run for President

‘Naked cowboy’ announces run for President

Watch out, Sarah Palin. There’s a new conservative in town, and he’s (nearly) naked and gunning for the White House. The Naked Cowboy, a strapping guitar player and Times Square…