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Auditors to KBR: Time to trim down

Pentagon auditors are warning the Army's primary support contractor in Iraq, responsible for everything from mail and laundry to housing and meals, to cut its work force there or face…

Obama acts just like Bush on warrantless wiretaps

Attorney General Eric Holder says a lawsuit in San Francisco over warrantless wiretapping threatens to expose ongoing intelligence work and must be thrown out. In making the argument, the Obama administration…

Cheney’s memory ‘hazy’ on Plame CIA leak

Citing faulty memory, former Vice President Dick Cheney told federal investigators in a 2004 interview he had no idea who revealed to reporters that Valerie Plame, the wife of a…

Is the recession finally coming to an end?

The United States has emerged from a long and crippling recession, posting its strongest growth in two years in the third quarter as government stimulus spurred consumer spending, official data…

‘Too big to fail’ becomes ‘too much to stomach’

The Obama administration's new proposal for tackling financial risk in the U.S. economy, unveiled just two days ago, came under attack on Thursday from Congress and regulators, with questions raised…

Obama considers scaled-down war in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama is considering a scaled-down version of the war plan advanced by his top Afghanistan commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. officials say. Such a narrowed military mission would increase…

Has the AMA lost its clout?

Does the AMA matter in the health care debate? Congress is beginning to have its doubts, despite the medical association's deep pockets and platoons of lobbyists. It's lost its principles, some…

U.S. Official’s resignation leaves White House scrambling

A poster boy for the Obama administration's plans for the increasingly-controversial war in Afghanistan resigned in protest last month and the departure has sent shock waves through the White House,…

The recession is over, but…

It's about to become official: The recession is over — but not the pain. The government will release figures this week expected to show that the economy has awakened from its…

Insurance profits: The numbers don’t add up

In the health care debate, Democrats and their allies have gone after insurance companies as rapacious profiteers making "immoral" and "obscene" returns while "the bodies pile up." But in pillorying insurers…