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 […]

Obama’s traveling road show

Obama’s traveling road show

President Barack Obama had a simple task for his first morning on vacation: shoot over to a Martha’s Vineyard bookstore to fill out his daughters’ summer reading list and grab himself a novel. Easier said than done. His 20-vehicle motorcade passed through a cordon of police motorcycle officers, in a protective cocoon of Secret Service […]

Mosque debate ignores facts

Mosque debate ignores facts

A New York imam and his proposed mosque near ground zero are being demonized by political candidates — mostly Republicans — despite the fact that Islam is already very much a part of the World Trade Center neighborhood. And that Muslims pray inside the Pentagon, too, less than 80 feet from where terrorists attacked. And […]

Troops punished for exercising religious freedom

Troops punished for exercising religious freedom

The Army said Friday it was investigating a claim that dozens of soldiers who refused to attend a Christian band’s concert at a Virginia military base were banished to their barracks and told to clean them up. Fort Eustis spokesman Rick Haverinen told The Associated Press he couldn’t comment on the specifics of the investigation. […]