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Saying goodbye to Bob Byrd

Saying goodbye to Bob Byrd

Craning their necks and clapping to Appalachian music, West Virginians bid farewell Friday to Robert C. Byrd, their beloved senator who rose from childhood poverty in a coal mining town to become the nation’s longest-serving member of Congress. President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former President Bill Clinton and other dignitaries watched as Byrd’s […]

Mixed bag in jobs report

Mixed bag in jobs report

A wave of census layoffs cut the nation’s payrolls in June for the first time in six months, while private employers added a modest number of jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent, its lowest level in almost a year. Employers cut 125,000 jobs last month, the most since October, the Labor Department said […]

Tea Party: Moving from enraged to engaged

Tea Party: Moving from enraged to engaged

Bill Warner is hardly a naive man. He ran his own engineering firm for three decades, and sold the assets just before the economy tanked. He built his dream home on a majestic hill abutting a national park, back when the housing market was steady. While some neighbors have since been foreclosed upon, Warner is […]

House passes massive war funding bill

House passes massive war funding bill

A House measure blending money for President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan troop surge with last-ditch moves by Democrats to salvage their faltering jobs agenda faces an uphill climb in the Senate. After long delays, House Democrats muscled the approximately $80 billion measure to passage Thursday night as their final act before leaving for a weeklong Fourth […]

Palin won’t just fade away

Palin won’t just fade away

Sarah Palin isn’t going to fade away. Someone else in her position might have. Two years after the vice presidential nomination made her a star, the 2008 campaign is fading in memory. She’s not even Alaska’s governor anymore; she abruptly resigned that post a year ago. But she’s evolved into an enduring political personality writ […]

Right wingers raise $8 million

Right wingers raise $8 million

A conservative activist group says it raised more than $8 million in June to help conservative candidates and causes ahead of midterm elections in November. American Crossroads and its new affiliate, American Crossroads GPS, hope to raise more than $50 million by Election Day. Both groups are associated with former Republican White House aides Karl […]

Kagan sailing towards nomination

Kagan sailing towards nomination

Elena Kagan is speeding toward confirmation as the 112th Supreme Court justice, with Republicans showing little appetite for a long-shot filibuster attempt after sparring with her over abortion, gays in the military and other divisive issues. “Solicitor General Kagan will be confirmed,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., confidently predicted as the Senate Judiciary Committee wrapped up […]

Financial reform passes House but Senate delays action

Financial reform passes House but Senate delays action

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a landmark overhaul of financial regulations but the Senate put off action until mid-July, delaying a final victory for President Barack Obama. Still, the 237 to 192 vote in the House marked a win for Obama and his fellow Democrats, who have made the most sweeping rewrite […]

More handgun ban challenges expected

More handgun ban challenges expected

State or local gun laws that prohibit people from carrying firearms outside the home and onerous registration requirements are the most likely to be struck down by judges following the Supreme Court‘s latest decision supporting the right to keep and bear arms. An explosion of cases will keep courts busy for years defining gun control‘s […]

Cops reopen Gore sex probe

Cops reopen Gore sex probe

Police said Wednesday they are reopening an investigation into a Portland massage therapist’s allegations that former Vice President Al Gore groped her at an upscale hotel in 2006. In a brief statement, the Portland Police Bureau did not say why it was reopening the investigation. Police earlier said they considered the case closed because there […]