House Democrats Avert Major Leadership Battle

WASHINGTON — House Democrats averted a messy leadership struggle, clearing the way for Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer to become second in command of their new minority without a challenge from South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn. Under an arrangement worked out in private, officials said late Friday that Clyburn would instead receive a new position, title […]

Scalia Spars With Liberal Justice Over Death Penalty, Democratic Election

LUBBOCK, Texas — One of the most conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court and one of the most liberal ones sparred Friday over capital punishment, the direct election of senators and various other constitutional questions during a rare public debate that highlighted their philosophical differences. Antonin Scalia, 74, the longest-serving current justice, appointed by […]

Pot Measure Pulls Ahead In Tight Vote Count Out West

PHOENIX — A measure that would legalize medical marijuana in Arizona pulled ahead for the first time Friday, with both supporters and opponents saying they believed the proposal that went before voters on Election Day would pass. Proposition 203 was ahead by 4,421 votes out of more than 1.63 million votes counted. The measure started […]

Postal Service Takes Massive Loss Despite Deep Cuts

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service said Friday it lost $8.5 billion last year despite deep cuts of more than 100,000 jobs and other reductions in recent years. The post office had estimated it would lose $6 billion to $7 billion, but a sharp decline in mail took a toll. Increased use of the Internet and […]

Dem Rep. Finally Wins Reelection In Southern Nail-Biter

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler finally won his close re-election race Friday when his Republican challenger conceded 10 days after Election Day. A recanvass of the election results a few hours earlier moved just one more vote into Republican Andy Barr’s column and gave Chandler a 648-vote margin of victory. Chandler’s win […]

Cecile Richards: Why Women Need Pelosi

In the aftermath of the election, the circular firing squad within the Democratic Party has dominated this week’s news. As with any disaster, blaming those who are not responsible is a given — and the pack mentality begins. One of the folks targeted during and after the election is the highest ranking woman ever in […]

Post-Katrina Shootings Witness: Cop Said Looters ‘Deserved To Be Shot’

NEW ORLEANS — A former New Orleans police officer on trial for gunning down a man outside a strip mall in Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath said after the shooting that looters are “animals” who “deserved to be shot,” a fellow officer testified Friday. The former officer, David Warren, is charged with fatally shooting 31-year-old Henry Glover […]

Obama’s Ex-Intel Chief Talks Torture, Terror, Reform And More

Former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair sat down with Charlie Rose for an interview airing Friday night. Per the “Charlie Rose” program, some highlights from the raw transcript are excerpted below. On torture: “When I first came in as DNI, that question was before us. So I called for the experts to come in, […]