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Ron Paul opts out of Congress

Ron Paul opts out of Congress

Texas Congressman — and twice-failed Presidential candidate — Ron Paul is effectively ending his political career by choosing to give up his seat in Congress to concentrate on a third try for a Presidency he can’t win. The 75-year-old Paul — a hard-line libertarian with a small but rabid following — announced Tuesday he will […]

Deadlock of inflexible rhetoric

Deadlock of inflexible rhetoric

President Barack Obama and GOP lawmakers, hundreds of billions of dollars short of their goal and seemingly trapped in inflexible bargaining positions, are struggling for agreement on $2 trillion-plus in budget cuts as the price for maintaining the government’s ability to borrow. Lawmakers were asked to return to the White House for talks Tuesday afternoon […]

Anatomy of GOP hardliners

Anatomy of GOP hardliners

On the surface, it would seem like an opportune time for Congress to include targeted tax hikes as part of a cost-cutting package to reduce the huge federal deficit. Federal taxes, as a share of the overall economy, are at their lowest levels since 1950. A return to the higher income tax rates of the […]

Debt limit: Tick, tick, tick…

Debt limit: Tick, tick, tick…

With pressuring continuing to build but no breakthroughs in sight, budget bargaining between President Barack Obama and top lawmakers resumes Monday at the White House, with both sides hoping to slash the deficit as the price for permitting the government to borrow more than $2 trillion to pay its bills. In a rare Sunday meeting […]

Taxes still a stumbling block

Taxes still a stumbling block

After months of effort, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are right back where they started as they try to avert a looming debt default: arguing over taxes. With a “grand bargain” to tame the national debt seemingly off the table, Obama, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and other top leaders will try for […]

Baghdad shelled during Panetta visit

Baghdad shelled during Panetta visit

Three rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone on Monday during a visit to the capital by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Iraqi police said. No casualties were reported. The rockets were fired from a Shiite-dominated neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, said police officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to […]

The dangers of crossing a U.S. Senator

The dangers of crossing a U.S. Senator

After Sen. James Inhofe landed his small plane on a closed runway at a rural South Texas airport last October and sent workers on the ground scrambling, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered him to take remedial piloting lessons. Now it’s FAA officials who are getting a lesson from the 76-year-old Oklahoma Republican on the pitfalls […]

No tea party unity on foreign policy

No tea party unity on foreign policy

Tea Party movement-backed lawmakers have marched in lockstep toward the goal of shrinking the government but that unity dissolves when it comes to America’s role in the world. Republicans who were elected to Congress with support of the grassroots movement have bucked Republican orthodoxy by supporting some defense spending cuts, and they have been at […]

No longer a young society

No longer a young society

America’s cities are beginning to grapple with a fact of life: People are getting old, fast, and they’re doing it in communities designed for the sprightly. To envision how this silver tsunami will challenge a youth-oriented society, just consider that seniors soon will outnumber schoolchildren in hip, fast-paced New York City. It will take some […]

Pawlenty blasts Bachmann

Pawlenty blasts Bachmann

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty says 2012 rival Michele Bachmann has a “nonexistent” record of accomplishment during her three terms in Congress. Pawlenty, who’s behind in the polls and lagging in fundraising, says that as a former Minnesota governor, he has executive experience and achieved results under challenging circumstances. A poll last month in early-voting […]