Hillary was nearby while Bill did Monica

Hillary Rodham Clinton was home in the White House on at least seven days when her husband had sexual encounters there with intern Monica Lewinsky, according to Sen. Clinton’s schedule, released Wednesday among 11,000 pages of papers from her years as first lady.

After five long years, the Iraq war’s toll mounts

As America marks five long, grisly years of war, waste, fraud and abuse in Iraq, President George W. Bush plans to claim success and say the war must go on while demonstrators protest and his Democratic opponents say it is time to admit failure and bring the troops home.

Not since Vietnam has a war so divided this nation and today’s observances mark a conflict that has lasted half the length of Vietnam — and longer than World War II — but has cost the nation far more in political damage and lost prestige and morale. While American deaths have not yet reached the level of Vietnam, the toll is approaching 4,000 and thousands upon thousands of Iraqi civilians have died.

The long, slow, painful decline of newspapers

I’m going to miss my newspaper. We’ve been together a long time. I care about it. I need it. I’m one of the people Marshall McLuhan, the godfather of medium and message, was talking about when he said, “People don’t read newspapers, they slip into them like a warm bath.”

Supremes will weigh in on gun rights

The Supreme Court will Tuesday begin weighing an individual’s right to bear arms against a community’s right to restrict gun ownership for public safety, an emotional issue that has long divided Americans.

The conservative-leaning court’s first decision on gun ownership in almost 70 years is expected to have a far reaching impact on US gun control laws, experts say.

FBI terror watch list filled with errors

The FBI gave outdated, incomplete and inaccurate information about terror suspects to be added to the government’s watchlist for nearly three years despite steps taken to prevent errors, a Justice Department audit concludes.

Responding, an FBI spokesman said gaps identified in the system should be fixed within six months.

A victory for Petraeus

The sudden exit of Adm. William Fallon from his post as the top U.S. military chief in the Middle East and Central Asia constituted a major victory in Pentagon politics for Army Gen. David Petraeus, who had bucked Fallon’s desire to begin a steady withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

N.Y. Gov, wife screwed around

New York Gov. David Paterson, sworn in Monday to take over the job when former Gov. Eliot Spitzer got caught messing with a prostitute, admitted that both he and his wife had extra-marital affairs during a “rough patch” in their marriage in recent years.

McCain fears stepped up attacks in Iraq

Republican John McCain said he worries that terrorists might try to influence the November general election with increased attacks in Iraq.

“Yes, I worry about it,” he said Friday, responding to a question at a town hall-style forum. “And I know they pay attention, because of the intercepts we have of their communications.”

Pentagon finds no Saddam-Al-Qaeda link

A detailed Pentagon study confirms there was no direct link between late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and the Al-Qaeda network, debunking a claim President George W. Bush’s administration used to justify invading Iraq.