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Did federal employees buy diplomas?

Immigration officials are looking through a list of more than 9,000 names to see how many federal employees may have bought a phony high school or college degree from a Spokane, Wash.-based diploma mill.

Driving less to save money

High gas prices have convinced Americans to do what ceaseless carping by the greenhouse-gas scolds has failed to do — drive less.

Another record deficit

The White House has disclosed that the Bush administration will be leaving behind a nasty house-warming gift for the next president: a record budget deficit of $482 billion in fiscal 2009.

Accepting moral responsibility for Iraq

A successful surge in Iraq is welcome news, but legislators, the media, and average Americans should exercise caution and some skepticism before accepting any news about Iraq that they’re already eager to hear. And bear with me for raising an old-fashioned issue, but is there still a question of moral responsibility for this war that should be addressed before we declare victory in Iraq?

Lies, damn lies and the Web

When I was a college teacher a few years ago, I got an education, a harsh wake-up call, on the subject of identity and the Internet.

Millions lost on construction projects

Millions of dollars were likely wasted on a 900 million dollar army contract to build courthouses, prisons, police and other security facilities in Iraq, an audit released Monday has found.

Iraq prison a $40 million failure

In the flatlands north of Baghdad sits a prison with no prisoners. It holds something else: a chronicle of U.S. government waste, misguided planning and construction shortcuts costing $40 million and stretching back to the American overseers who replaced Saddam Hussein.

Few military options for next President

Recent diplomatic efforts by the White House with both North Korea and Iran — nuclear newbies and remaining members of the "axis of evil" — strike many as the Bush administration’s desperate grab for legacy. But I see a different strategic reality emerging, one that will steer the next president’s course whether he likes it or not.

Pentagon axed Obama’s troop visit

The Pentagon advised Senator Barack Obama’s staff that he could visit a US military hospital in Germany only in his official capacity as a member of Congress, without the trappings of a political campaign, Pentagon officials said Friday.

Justice Dept. approved CIA torture

The Justice Department in 2002 told the CIA that its interrogators would be safe from prosecution for violations of anti-torture laws if they believed "in good faith" that harsh techniques used to break prisoners’ will would not cause "prolonged mental harm."