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Federal pension agency has record deficits

In an ominous setback, the government agency that insures the pensions of 44 million Americans has amassed a record $33.5 billion deficit — triple what it was just six months…

Activists want probe of insurers

Activists backing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul are asking the Justice Department to open a wide-ranging investigation of what they say is monopoly-like power in the hands of major…

Banks look for new ways to screw customers

As Congress gets ready to crack down on banks for raising fees and increasing interest rates on credit cards, the banks will look for new ways to extract money from…

Contractions of a bad economy

Capitalism is said to be governed by cycles of creative destruction, and last week the cycle rolled over nearly 2,000 GM and Chrysler car dealers.

Time to be honest about torture

Readers who e-mail me about torture sometimes submit these two seemingly contradictory propositions: (1) Water boarding isn't torture; and (2) without water boarding, the United States would have suffered a…

Morality, torture and the law

Barbarism and the law collide in war. Armed conflict is inherently terribly destructive. The law is a vital tool for mitigating the most brutal aspects of war. Both dimensions are…

Obama faces calls for Gitmo closing delay

Top lawmakers on Sunday urged President Barack Obama to delay his January deadline to shut the Guantanamo Bay prison, arguing more time was needed to resolve complex issues vexing the…

CIA on Pelosi: She’s lying

The CIA director strongly rejected accusations the agency had misled US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about alleged torture of detainees amid a political uproar over the conduct of the "war…

The Democrats’ risky focus on torture

Barack Obama warned Democrats in Congress against making a partisan cause out of the Bush administration's harsh interrogation tactics.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ignoring him — loudly —…

Has Pelosi made torture a bi-partisan scandal?

Is "torture" a bipartisan scandal?

The torture debate just got more torturous. Calls from prominent Democrats to investigate members of the Bush administration for authorizing torture are being answered…