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Where exactly is ground zero?

Where exactly is ground zero?

The furor over how close is too close to ground zero for a planned Islamic center and mosque has raised a simple question nine years after Sept. 11: Where exactly is ground zero? The lines marking the site of the 2001 terror attacks change depending on which New Yorker, 9/11 family member and American you […]

Palin still a player in Alaska

Palin still a player in Alaska

As Sen. Lisa Murkowski watched the shocking election returns come into her election headquarters on primary night, she became painfully aware of two powerful forces in American politics in 2010: anti-government rage and Sarah Palin. The Republican senator trailed conservative lawyer Joe Miller by nearly 1,500 votes Wednesday, despite being heavily favored to defeat the […]

When children become their parent’s parent

When children become their parent’s parent

Three years ago, my then 83-year-old mother fell at home and fractured a vertebrae in her back. She didn’t tell anyone about the fall and told us she strained her back. Over the next several weeks, her “strained back” got worse. Six months after the fall, she couldn’t get out of bed. Over her protests, […]

Feds will appeal stem-cell ruling

Feds will appeal stem-cell ruling

The Justice Department said it will appeal a judge’s decision to block federal funding for stemcell research, risking an election year fight over hot-button issues of science and religion. “I can confirm we plan to appeal,” Justice Department spokesperson Tracy Schmaller said Tuesday, adding that the department was “likely to file this week.” She said […]

American troops still in danger in Iraq

American troops still in danger in Iraq

Lt. Ryan Alexander stands thigh-deep in a dark grove of reeds and palm trees, hunting for rockets. Officially, the U.S. combat role in Iraq is ending this month, but Alexander and his platoon are under orders to keep insurgents from using the south Baghdad field as a hiding place for Katyushas. “We’re going to be […]

Obama’s ratings take another nosedive

Obama’s ratings take another nosedive

More Americans now disapprove of President Barack Obama than approve of him as high unemployment and government spending scare voters ahead of November’s midterm elections, Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Tuesday. In the latest grim news for Obama’s Democrats, 72 percent of people said they were very worried about joblessness and 67 percent were very concerned […]

Sherrod: Thanks but no thanks

Sherrod: Thanks but no thanks

Shirley Sherrod, ousted from the Agriculture Department during a racial firestorm that embarrassed the Obama administration, rejected an offer to return to the USDA on Tuesday. But at a cordial news conference with the man who asked her to leave — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack — she said she may do consulting work for him […]

Judge blocks stem cell research

Judge blocks stem cell research

A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked government rules expanding stem cell research, a blow to the Obama administration that could stall potentially lifesaving research. The nonprofit group Nightlight Christian Adoptions contends that the government’s new guidelines will decrease the number of human embryos available for adoption and implantation. Nightlight helps individuals adopt human embryos […]

Redemption day for the political establishment?

Redemption day for the political establishment?

It’s the political establishment vs. the outsiders in Tuesday’s primaries. And the establishment has the better odds. Republican Sens. John McCain and Lisa Murkowski were poised to win bitter primaries in Arizona and Alaska against tea-party-backed candidates. In Florida, boatloads of cash may not be enough to propel former health care executive Rick Scott and […]

McCain rebounds

McCain rebounds

The cast of “Survivor” has nothing on Sen. John McCain. Once labeled a vulnerable incumbent, the four-term Arizona Republican is the clear front-runner against challenger J.D. Hayworth after spending some $20 million and casting his GOP opponent as a late-night infomercial huckster in a series of devastating ads. The primary is Tuesday. McCain, who turns […]