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Big city cops back watch program

The nation's big city police chiefs are backing an anti-terrorism community watch program to educate people about what behavior is truly suspicious and ought to be reported to police. Police Chief…

Unemployment climbs to 9.8 percent

The unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in September as employers cut far more jobs than expected, evidence that the longest recession since the 1930s is still inflicting widespread pain. The…

Ensign screws aide’s wife, then screws ethics laws

Like too many elected officials, Sen. John Ensign likes to screw around. He nailed Cynthia Hampton, a campaign worker. Hampton was also the wife of his top Washington aide: Douglas Hampton. So…

Without federal funds, recovery sputters to a halt

As long as the federal government pumps money into stimulus programs like "cash for clunkers," the economy shows some signs of recovery. But when the federal dollars run out, so does…

Palin’s lectures ain’t selling

Former Alaska Gov. and Vice Presidential wannabe Sarah Palin thinks what she has to say is so important that people should be willing to pay up to $100,000 to hear…

Without public option, Obamacare still stinks

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee's ObamaCare legislation is as interesting for what it lacks as for what it contains. …

Health care ‘reform:’ Just another lost freedom

One thing President Barack Obama and some other politicians have figured out about Americans is that you can't trust them to manage their own affairs, and if you want to…

More Americans ratting out tax cheats

Dangle some cash and a lot of people are happy to turn in their employers for cheating on their taxes. Since Congress beefed up whistleblower rewards in late 2006, tips about…

Consumer spending up: Are we on a rebound?

Consumer spending, the bulwark of economic growth, is showing signs of life as the economy transitions from recession to recovery. The key question is whether the spending rebound can be sustained…

Public option? DOA or still on life support?

This week's headlines declared the so-called public option dead on arrival after the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday rejected two versions of it offered by Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer of…