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Even government workers face job losses

Even government workers face job losses

For years, most people who worked for state or local governments accepted a fact of life: Their pay wasn’t great. The job security was. Now that’s gone, too. States and municipalities are facing gaping budget gaps. Many have responded by slashing services, raising taxes and, for the first time in decades, making deep job cuts. […]

Petraeus: ‘We can win this war’

Petraeus: ‘We can win this war’

Gen. David Petraeus formally assumed command of the 130,000-strong international force in Afghanistan on Sunday, declaring “we are in this to win” despite rising casualties and growing skepticism about the nearly 9-year-old war. During a ceremony at NATO headquarters, Petraeus received two flags — one for the U.S. and the other for NATO — marking […]

No bucks, no boom on July 4th

No bucks, no boom on July 4th

Expect fewer booms this July Fourth because of financial busts in some cities and towns. As many folks pack up picnics and head to see the fireworks this holiday weekend, the skies over a couple-dozen cash-strapped communities will be missing the spectacular crackle of color that Americans associate with the nation’s birthday. Blame the economy. […]

Republicans line up to oppose Kagan

Republicans line up to oppose Kagan

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan drew opposition Friday from Republican leader Mitch McConnell and two other GOP senators, raising the prospect of a confirmation largely along party lines. “The American people expect a justice who will impartially apply the law, not one who will be a rubberstamp for the Obama administration or any other administration,” […]

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 […]