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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 […]

Republican defends Nazi re-enacments

Republican defends Nazi re-enacments

A Republican congressional candidate from Ohio, countering criticism from a House GOP leader, said Monday that he did nothing wrong by wearing a Nazi uniform while participating in World War II re-enactments. Rich Iott told The Associated Press in an interview that he took part in the historical re-enactments to educate the public, and does […]

Social issues trap some Tea Party candidates

Social issues trap some Tea Party candidates

The tea party movement was born in anger over the recession and the Obama administration’s bailouts, and built largely on a platform of lower taxes and smaller government. But some of its candidates are getting tripped up on social issues. In New York, Carl Paladino, the tea party-backed Republican candidate for governor, caused a furor […]

Obama struggles to recapture old election magic

Obama struggles to recapture old election magic

President Barack Obama tried to recapture some of the big-stage excitement of his 2008 campaign Sunday, imploring voters not to reward what he called Republican cynicism and incompetence by sitting out the Nov. 2 elections. The president delivered one of his most stinging indictments yet of the GOP record to several thousand people under blue […]

Republicans count on breakthroughs in Northeast

Republicans count on breakthroughs in Northeast

Three weeks from midterm elections, Republicans speaking up for fiscal conservatism are making strong runs at governorships across the Northeast, where some of the nation’s bluest states went big for President Barack Obama two years ago. Democratic incumbents face tough fights in Massachusetts and New Hampshire against Republican challengers, and the GOP is making aggressive […]