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Unemployment rate hits 9.4 percent

With companies in no mood to hire, the unemployment rate jumped to 9.4 percent in May, the highest in more than 25 years. But the pace of layoffs eased, with…

DHS nominee faces questions on CIA tactics

The Obama administration's pick for a top intelligence post at the Homeland Security Department is expected to face questions from senators about his ties to the CIA's harsh interrogations of…

Spending our way into oblivion

President Dwight Eisenhower gave the nation a farewell address 48 years ago in which he outlined an urgent warning.

That warning is coming true. We are spending our way…

Just another day in the neighborhood

It's just another typical day in the neighborhood filled, as Walter Cronkite used to say, "with the events that alter and illuminate our times."

First there's the question whether…

Obama should reconsider closing Gitmo

President Obama has the perfect reason to abandon his foolish promise to close Guantanamo: The American people overwhelmingly reject his policy. Popular opinion aside, keeping Gitmo full of homicidal Muslim…

Does pro-life rhetoric incite murder?

The murder of Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller has renewed the vociferous national debate between pro-lifers and pro-choicers with a new twist. Defenders of abortion rights now say that opponents…

The lesson from Dr. Tiller’s murder

If you want to see the future of one aspect of life in the United States, if federal policy were placed in the hands of murderous antiabortion extremists, you might…

Officials charged with stealing Christian humanitarian funds

Three former officials with a Christian humanitarian organization have been accused of massive fraud involving more than $1 million worth of U.S. aid to Liberia, stealing food and construction materials…

Cheney backpedals on earlier claims

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, under fire for bombastic, misleading and outright lies about claimed Bush Administration "successes" in the so-called…

Americans split over toture, Guantanamo

Just over half of Americans say torture is at least sometimes justified to thwart terrorist attacks and are evenly divided over whether to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, according to…