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Pelosi ‘out of the loop’ in Rangel probe

Pelosi ‘out of the loop’ in Rangel probe

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she’s “out of the loop” in the House ethics committee‘s investigation of fellow Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel. Rangel — a longtime New York congressman and a former chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee — is facing 13 counts of wrongdoing. Allegations include providing official favors in return […]

Maxine Waters: Another ethics mess for Democrats

Maxine Waters: Another ethics mess for Democrats

A second House Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters of California, could face an ethics trial this fall, further complicating the election outlook for the party as it battles to retain its majority. People familiar with the investigation, who were not authorized to be quoted about charges before they are made public, say the allegations could be […]

After 378 years, a family farm goes on the block

After 378 years, a family farm goes on the block

In 1632, John Tuttle arrived from England to a settlement near the Maine-New Hampshire border, using a small land grant from King Charles I to start a farm. Eleven generations and 378 years later, his field-weary descendants — arthritic from picking fruits and vegetables and battered by competition from supermarkets and pick-it-yourself farms — are […]

Rangel’s woes: An election year gift to Republicans

Rangel’s woes: An election year gift to Republicans

Republicans wanted an election-season ethics case against Democratic powerhouse Rep. Charles Rangel of New York. And now, it looks like they have one. A House ethics panel of four Democrats and four Republicans, who will determine Rangel’s guilt or innocence on 13 ethics charges, held its organizational meeting Thursday. The message going forward, from the […]

Deadliest month yet in Afghan war

Deadliest month yet in Afghan war

Three U.S. service members were killed in blasts in Afghanistan, bringing the toll for July to at least 63 and making it the deadliest month for American forces in the nearly 9-year-war. A NATO statement Friday said the three died in two separate blasts in southern Afghanistan the day before. The statement gave no nationalities, […]

FBI snooping worries privacy advocates

FBI snooping worries privacy advocates

Invasion of privacy in the Internet age. Expanding the reach of law enforcement to snoop on e-mail traffic or on Web surfing. Those are among the criticisms being aimed at the FBI as it tries to update a key surveillance law. With its proposed amendment, is the Obama administration merely clarifying a statute or expanding […]

Stimulus? We don’t need no stinkin’ stimulus

Stimulus? We don’t need no stinkin’ stimulus

Federal Reserve officials clashed on Thursday over whether the central bank should be more aggressive in supporting the stumbling economy and one said the Fed’s current policy may be contributing to worryingly low levels of inflation. The Fed’s promise to hold benchmark interest rates exceptionally low for an extended period — a vow aimed at […]

Immigration ruling sends ‘hands off’ message to states

Immigration ruling sends  ‘hands off’ message to states

States that had been watching Arizona’s immigration law in hopes of copying it received a rude awakening when a judge put most of the measure on hold and agreed with the Obama administration’s core argument that immigration enforcement is the role of the federal government. The ruling marked a repudiation of the Arizona law as […]

Foreclosures still on the rise

Foreclosures still on the rise

Foreclosures rose in 3 of every four large U.S. metro areas in this year’s first half, likely ruling out sustained home price gains until 2013, real estate data company RealtyTrac said on Thursday. Unemployment was the main culprit driving foreclosure actions on more than 1.6 million properties, the company said. “We’re not going to see […]

Economic woes expected to continue

Economic woes expected to continue

The U.S. economic recovery will remain slow deep into next year, held back by shoppers reluctant to spend and employers hesitant to hire, according to an Associated Press survey of leading economists. The latest quarterly AP Economy Survey shows economists have turned gloomier in the past three months. They foresee weaker growth and higher unemployment […]