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Like it or not, tea party is a factor in midterm elections

Like it or not, tea party is a factor in midterm elections

Weeks from the elections, the tea party has proven it’s no flash in the pan. More than 70 of its candidates are on ballots from coast to coast, and nearly three dozen are locked in competitive House races, according to a state-by-state analysis by The Associated Press. From the hundreds of conservative activists who took […]

Bandito Obama? Billboard stirs protests

Bandito Obama? Billboard stirs protests

A billboard depicting Barack Obama as an Islamist suicide bomber, a gay and a Mexican bandit has triggered a storm of criticism in a western US city weeks ahead of crucial polls. The colourful poster of the US president — under the ironic slogan “Vote DemocRAT” — is attracting attention from media worldwide and from […]

Rand Paul hedges on tax code revamp

Rand Paul hedges on tax code revamp

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul sidestepped questions Wednesday about revamping the federal tax code, a day after the tea party favorite took a stand to replace the income tax with a national sales tax. Paul, a limited-government advocate, said he supports a “simpler tax code” but wouldn’t offer specifics about his written comments to […]

Poll: Republicans poised to take control of House

Poll: Republicans poised to take control of House

American voters unhappy at high unemployment are set to oust President Barack Obama’s Democrats from control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2 elections, a Reuters-Ipsos poll projected on Wednesday. The national poll found that Americans plan to vote for Republicans over Democratic candidates by 48 percent to 44 percent, an edge that […]

Does COLA freeze hurt Social Security recipients?

Does COLA freeze hurt Social Security recipients?

Seniors will remain ahead of the inflation curve despite a second straight year without an increase in their Social Security benefits. Some seniors and their advocacy groups have raised the specter of millions of the elderly struggling to pay for food, utilities and health care under a benefit freeze. Struggle, many do, particularly those who […]

Court ruling on gays leaves Pentagon in limbo

Court ruling on gays leaves Pentagon in limbo

As the Obama administration considers appealing a judge’s order to stop the law prohibiting gays from serving openly in the military, some officers and service members say they are uncertain how to react. The Pentagon said Wednesday it had not issued written guidance on the ruling, and commanders in the field said they did not […]

While politicians debate, judge acts on ‘don’t ask don’t tell’

While politicians debate, judge acts on ‘don’t ask don’t tell’

A federal judge’s ruling that the military must stop its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy comes amid conflicting concerns of gays who think the government is moving too slowly to let them serve openly and Pentagon officials who believe that moving too quickly might disrupt a military engaged in war. Gay rights groups have said […]

Rand Paul: Scrap income tax, use sales tax

Rand Paul: Scrap income tax, use sales tax

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky says the federal tax code is a “disaster,” and he wants to replace the income tax with a retail sales tax. Paul said Tuesday that he would support changing the federal tax code to get rid of the Internal Revenue Service and the federal income tax. The […]

Consultants repackage and sell candidates

Consultants repackage and sell candidates

Wearing a smart business suit and a friendly smile, political newcomer Linda McMahon easily sells herself as an entrepreneur who can relate to store owners in a Hispanic business district — thanks, in part, to the advice of paid professionals. “One of my first jobs, one of my very first jobs was to clerk at […]

Foreign money in campaigns? More hype than fact

Foreign money in campaigns? More hype than fact

The Obama administration and its allies are going all out against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and GOP-leaning groups, accusing them of using foreign money to help finance political ads. Trouble is, they’re providing no evidence. The mere idea, lack of proof aside, is part of a Democratic message that tries to tie Republicans to […]