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Conservative group sought $2 million bribe

The powerful American Conservative Union (ACU), one of the major backers of the Republican Party and right-wing causes, attempted to extort $2 million from Federal Express (FedEx) in exchange for…

Sadly, we remain a society of secrets

Just when you think you know what's going on in Washington under President Obama's new open-government policy, you find out the place is still riddled with secrets.

There's great…

Will Sonia Sotomayor be an activist judge?

Will Sonia Sotomayor be an activist judge? The question of judicial activism -- what it is and who might be guilty of committing it from the bench -- is at…

Overreaching on health care reform

America does not face a healthcare crisis. America faces a manageable challenge: how to help a relatively small share of the population purchase health insurance. ObamaCare is too big a…

Health care benefits drive job searches

The Chicago Sun-Times headline read, "Job Seekers Putting Health Benefits First" The story last Sunday chronicled a divorced woman in her mid-40s, college educated, presumably healthy, who lost her job…

A land shark called health care

Someone's knocking at the door, the young woman inside the apartment asks who's there, and a pleasant voice replies, "flowers." The woman is suspicious, and is then told "plumber," and…

CIA hit teams terminated, then resurrected

As CIA director in 2004, George Tenet terminated a secret program to develop hit teams to kill al-Qaida leaders, but his successors resurrected the plan, according to former intelligence officials.

Where’s Joe Biden when we really need him?

While certainly interesting, the Senate confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has been lacking one key element for lovers of the genre.

That would be Joe Biden.

Feds say end is near…to recession

The Federal Reserve has signaled it sees an end this year to the brutal recession and hinted that it was preparing an "exit strategy" for its unprecedented stimulus efforts.

Home foreclosures up 15 percent

The number of U.S. households on the verge of losing their homes soared by nearly 15 percent in the first half of the year as more people lost their jobs…