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William Astore: Scope or Grope? The Wrong Approach to Homeland Security

It’s that time of the year again: Thanksgiving week, when Americans take to the roads and the air to visit kith and kin and to give thanks. Too bad that…

Zach Friend: As Predicted: Republican Dirty Tricks in the California Attorney General Race

Ben Franklin said that nothing is certain except death and taxes — but then Ben lived before there was a Republican Party to make the political dirty trick every bit…

Obama pledges to stand by Afghans

Still, the president doesn’t say whether American troops can stay in Afghanistan after 2014. Read the full story.…

Alaska Senate standstill divides GOP

With Miller unwilling to concede, the state party head makes the first move by congratulating Murkowski. Read the full story.…

Allies back Obama on START

Foreign ministers from six countries endorse it. Read the full story.…

Smokescreen: Ban on pork is anything but

Smokescreen: Ban on pork is anything but

Despite their claims, the Republicans’ ban on earmarks won’t stop lawmakers from steering taxpayers’ dollars to pet projects. And it will have little if any effect on Washington’s far graver…

Christina Patterson: Politicians on Reality TV are a Good Reason to Get Out Your Gun

To the man in Wisconsin who shot his TV when he saw Bristol Palin on Dancing With The Stars, I have one word to say: respect. I imagine that he,…

Is ‘don’t ask’ repeal DOA?

If Democrats fail to pass the repeal next month it could be years before they get another shot. Read the full story.…

Report: U.S. Preparing Sweeping Insider-Trading Charges

Federal authorities, capping a three-year investigation, are preparing insider-trading charges that could ensnare consultants, investment bankers, hedge-fund and mutual-fund traders and analysts across the nation, according to people familiar with…

Senate approves compensation for black farmers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate unanimously approved a bill on Friday funding $1.15 billion in compensation to black farmers in a decades-old bias lawsuit that is one of the largest…