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Are Americans ignorant about civics?

Congress opened a shiny, new visitor's center on Dec. 2. The $621 million underground complex opened four years behind schedule and $400 million over budget -- hardly extraordinary in Washington,…

It’s official: We’re in a recession

For the past 12 months, President George W. Bush has assured a skeptical nation that America's economy is strong and that we're not in a recession.

Today, the National Bureau of…

A military takeover of U.S. law enforcement?

The Pentagon, rushing to complete lame-duck President George W. Bush's expansion of the military's role in the United States, is stepping up to put more troops inside this country and…

Foreclosures looming for businesses

Black Friday's retail shoppers hunting for holiday bargains won't be enough to stave off what's likely to become the next economic crisis. Malls from…

It’s Black Friday…and madness begins

On Black Friday, the Christmas season officially begins.

And so I'm always reminded of my dear Grandma Victoria, for whom my eldest daughter…

Betting on Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving is now, at least semi-officially, Black Friday. It is not funeral name like Black Tuesday in October, 1929, when the stock market crashed. No, Black Friday…

The big three stooges

What are we to think of the Big Three automakers plea to Congress (and each of us) for a $25 billion bailout, euphemistically known as a bridge loan or rescue…

Feds ante up another bailout

Rushing to rescue Citigroup, the government agreed to shoulder hundreds of billions of possible losses at the stricken bank and to plow a fresh…

An economy and nation in crisis

A global economy in free fall, banking giants like Citigroup tetering on the precipice of collapse, auto giants like General Motors facing insolvency, faltering…

So much for Obama’s promise of change

Barack Obama's apparent decision to ask Eric Holder to be his attorney general is not without peril for a young president-elect who has repeatedly promised to clean up the scandal…