U.S. seeks joint plan on Afghan security guard ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Afghanistan should develop a joint plan to replace private security guards gradually rather than enforce a ban that could threaten millions of dollars in aid work, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recommended on Saturday. Read the full story from Reuters

Edward Headington: Reforming California Measure by Measure

As President Obama and lame duck Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have learned the hard way, complete overhauls or transformations are rare in American politics. Incrementalism is the general rule, even here in California despite our reputation for exporting revolutionary ideas.  Healthcare reform led by the late Senator Ted Kennedy in the 1990′s and Healthy Families started […]

Lance Simmens: Question Authority, Act Authoritatively

So the mid-term elections are only a little over a week away and folks, it is now time to get serious. As the political hyperbole, half-truths, distortions, and personal attacks mount to a furious crescendo in advance of November 2nd, citizens now get their opportunity to thumb their noses at the pundits, consultants, and yes, […]

Gov. Granholm’s economic and political legacy

ANN ARBOR, MICH. – President Obama likes to say he was dealt a bad hand when he arrived in the Oval Office amid the worst recession since the Great Depression. If that’s the case, what was Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm dealt? Read the full story from The Washington Post”

WikiLeaks says logs show 15,000 more Iraq deaths

LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks said on Saturday its release of nearly 400,000 classified U.S. files on the Iraq war showed 15,000 more Iraqi civilians died than previously thought. Read the full story from Reuters

Obama accuses Republicans of peddling "snake oil"

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, fighting to keep Democrats in control of the Senate, accused Republicans on Friday of peddling discredited “snake oil ideas” about the economy. Read the full story from Reuters

Geithner and China’s Wang to meet on Sunday

GYEONGJU, South Korea (Reuters) – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Sunday will travel to Qingdao, China, to meet with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan, a senior Treasury official said. Read the full story from Reuters