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 -- notably Fox News' Bill O'Reilly -- contributed to Tiller's death with the decades-long use of incendiary language labeling the doctor "Tiller the Baby Killer."
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 look at life for women in Tanzania.
Abortion is illegal there, as antiabortion extremists (I am not referring herewith to mainstream pro-lifers) pledge to fight until it is made illegal here. As a result, pregnant women who do not want or cannot carry pregnancies to term turn to amateurs who botch their abortions in large percentages. As reported by the New York Times this week:
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 meant to help people of the African nation recover from a 14-year civil war.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, under fire for bombastic, misleading and outright lies about claimed Bush Administration "successes" in the so-called "war on terror," is changing his story.
Now, after years of claiming Iraqi involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks -- one of the "justifications" used by the Bush White House to sell the invasion of Iraq -- Cheney now admits no such link existed.Read More
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 a poll that underscores the challenges President Barack Obama faces in selling his terror-fighting policies.
In the murky world of computer espionage, the U.S. faces hard choices on how to retaliate when government or privately owned networks come under cyber attack, senior military and intelligence officials said Tuesday.
As the administration grapples with how best to defend its computer networks, debate is raging over how far the U.S. can go in pursuit of cyber criminals, and even what constitutes a digital act of war.
As President Obama prepares to leave for a visit to Saudi Arabia and a major speech in Cairo, he is also struggling to revive a U.S.-backed Mideast process that has effectively come to a dead end.
General Motors hopes to follow the lead of fellow U.S. automaker Chrysler by transforming its most profitable assets into a new company in just 30 days and emerging from bankruptcy protection soon after.
But Detroit-based General Motors Corp. is much larger and complex than its Auburn Hills, Mich.-based rival and isn't up against Chrysler LLC's tight June 15 deadline with Fiat.
The U.S. assumption of a controlling interest in General Motors Corp. isn't the first time the government has nationalized a company or an industry. It has taken shares in banks, railways, steel mills, coal mines and foreclosed homes.
Most nationalizations were during wartime. But the current financial crisis has generated more than a few.
Last year, the government took effective control of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
General Motors Corp., the century-old automaker battered by the economic downturn, mounting debt and management problems, will file for bankruptcy Monday.
It will be the largest industrial bankruptcy in U.S. history and the fourth-largest overall and comes as smaller rival Chrysler appears ready to make a speedy exit from its own court proceedings.
The move will give the government a 60 percent ownership stake and an unprecedented role in reshaping the auto industry.