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Obama: Sen. Boxer could lose

Obama: Sen. Boxer could lose

President Barack Obama delivered Democrat-friendly California a stark message Monday: Liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer might lose her re-election race if her supporters don’t work hard. The president’s stern words in a state where he remains popular and Boxer won her last re-election race in a rout underscored the perilous political environment confronting all Democrats in […]

Return of the Republican has-beens?

Return of the Republican has-beens?

Republicans once saddled with the burden of President George W. Bush‘s unpopularity are now experiencing a boon from another struggling president: Barack Obama. The GOP senses rising fortunes from coast to coast, as one-time lawmakers such as Richard Pombo in California and Charlie Bass in New Hampshire look to capitalize on voter frustration that booted […]

Clinton: Demonizing leaders is dangerous

Clinton: Demonizing leaders is dangerous

Former President Bill Clinton, following up on comments that warn against the threat posed by extremist groups,  warned Sunday that angry anti-government rhetoric has led to a worrisome increase in threats against the president and other elected officials. Anger easily translates into violence, Clinton said, and people should be careful that the language they use […]

Americans just don’t trust government

Americans just don’t trust government

America’s “Great Compromiser” Henry Clay called government “the great trust,” but most Americans today have little faith in Washington’s ability to deal with the nation’s problems. Public confidence in government is at one of the lowest points in a half century, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center. Nearly 8 in 10 Americans […]

Larry King: No longer relevant

Larry King: No longer relevant

During a presentation to advertisers last week in New York City, CNN trotted out many of its big names: Anderson Cooper, John King, Sanjay Gupta, Candy Crowley, Nancy Grace and Wolf Blitzer, among them. Larry King, host of what is still one of the network’s top-rated shows, appeared only in a film clip that flashed […]

Taliban building for surge in Afghanistan

Taliban building for surge in Afghanistan

The Taliban are moving fighters into Kandahar, planting bombs and plotting attacks as NATO and Afghan forces prepare for a summer showdown with insurgents, according to a Taliban commander with close ties to senior insurgent leaders. NATO and Afghan forces are stepping up operations to push Taliban fighters out of the city, which was the […]

Clinton: Anger can breed domestic terrorism

Clinton: Anger can breed domestic terrorism

Former President Bill Clinton warned of a slippery slope from angry anti-government rhetoric to violence like the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, saying “the words we use really do matter.” The two-term Democratic president insisted he wasn’t trying to restrict free speech, but in remarks Friday he said incendiary language can be taken the wrong way […]

Obama orders hospitals to allow gay visits

Obama orders hospitals to allow gay visits

President Barack Obama issued a memo on Thursday that would require hospitals accepting Medicare or Medicaid funds to allow visitation rights to gay and lesbian partners. Obama asked the Secretary of Health and Human Services to set up rules to make sure all hospitals that participate in the government-funded Medicare and Medicaid programs respect the […]

Sarah Palin: A phony populist for a phony movement

Sarah Palin: A phony populist for a phony movement

Sarah Palin is a twit: There’s little doubt about that. A rich twit, yes, and a pantyhose populist to the uneducated, uninformed and ignorant masses that make up so much of the rabid right in this county. To some, she’s Ron Paul with tits. To others, a “shot in the arm” to the tired old […]

E-mails document destruction of CIA torture tapes

E-mails document destruction of CIA torture tapes

Internal CIA e-mails show the former agency head, Porter Goss, agreed with a top aide’s 2005 decision to destroy videotapes of the harsh interrogation of a terror suspect, a controversial action that remains the focus of an FBI investigation. The documents show that, despite Goss’ apparent agreement, CIA officials almost immediately began worrying they’d done […]