American politics: Altered states

American politics: Altered states

Protesters parade an altered photo of President Barack Obama sporting an Adolf Hitler-like mustache. A candidate for the Senate muses about gun “remedies” if election results don’t go the right way. Members of Congress are spat on and taunted with racial epithets before casting votes for a healthcare reform bill. Welcome to politics American-style. For […]

Reid says improving economy will kill tea party

Reid says improving economy will kill tea party

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid is dismissing the tea party as short-lived, saying it will “disappear” once the economy gets better. The Nevada Democrat prevailed last November in a tough re-election race against tea party-backed candidate Sharron Angle. In an interview with NBC‘s “Meet the Press” that’s set to air Sunday, Reid was asked if […]

Death of a nation

Death of a nation

The tragic shootings in Arizona that left six people — including a child and a federal judge — dead and Congresswoman Gabriellle Giffords fighting for her life highlights on one one hand just how violence-pr0ne political debate and rhetoric has become in our nation. On the other, it showcases the fine line between passion and […]

Gunman kills six, seriously wounds Congesswoman

Gunman kills six, seriously wounds Congesswoman

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday by a gunman who opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with voters, killing a federal judge and five others in a rampage that rattled the country and left Americans questioning whether divisive politics had pushed the suspect over the edge. Pima […]

GOP Capitol event comes under fire

GOP Capitol event comes under fire

Democrats and congressional watchdog groups accused Republicans on Friday of illegally holding a campaign fundraiser in the Capitol complex during this week’s swearing-in ceremonies for lawmakers. One group said it would ask House ethics officials to investigate, but there were no immediate indications that they would take formal action. A spokesman for the GOP congressman […]

Obama claims job growth as adminisration success

Obama claims job growth as adminisration success

President Barack Obama is trumpeting private-sector job growth and lower unemployment, telling the public that “the trend is clear” on the economy — and it’s encouraging. The president used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to discuss the latest economic news and press for bipartisan action in the newly divided Congress on measures to […]

Now even Michele Bachman is talking about a White House run

Now even Michele Bachman is talking about a White House run

Add U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to the list of potential Republican presidential hopefuls, as the tea party favorite plans a trip later this month to the early caucus state of Iowa — and creates possible complications for fellow Minnesotan and maybe-candidate Tim Pawlenty. “Nothing’s off the table for her,” Andy Parrish, Bachmann’s chief of staff, […]

Oops! White House Christmas card was hack attack

Oops! White House Christmas card was hack attack

A malware-laden e-mail masquerading as a White House Christmas card was a sinister move by hackers to steal sensitive documents from U.S. law enforcement and military officials, according to cybersecurity analysts. The bright red and green holiday greeting, with the decorated Christmas tree, was sent out in late December and claimed to be from the […]

Feds warn states: Don’t come to us, the well is dry

Feds warn states: Don’t come to us, the well is dry

Cut spending, raise taxes and fees, and accept billions of dollars from Congress. That’s been the formula for states trying to survive the worst economy since the 1930s. As Republicans prepare to take control of the House and exert more influence in the Senate, it’s clear that option No. 3 will soon wither. States will […]

Economists say shopping surge will continue

Economists say shopping surge will continue

Shoppers’ holiday-season splurge was likely a preview of what’s to come in 2011, and economists say it should embolden companies to expand and hire. Americans spent more in the 50 days before Christmas than analysts had expected — the sharpest annual increase since 2006. It’s the surest sign yet they’re becoming less frugal as the […]