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Panetta claims progress against al-Qaida

Panetta claims progress against al-Qaida

The U.S. has driven al-Qaida into hiding and undermined its leadership, but is struggling to oust its primary sympathizer, the Taliban, from Afghanistan, the nation’s spymaster said Sunday. CIA Director Leon Panetta’s assessment comes as President Barack Obama advances a risky new war plan that relies on 98,000 U.S. troops to prop up the Afghan […]

Financial reform runs into snag

Financial reform runs into snag

President Barack Obama’s efforts to win final approval of a historic financial regulatory reform bill looked more complicated on Saturday after a Republican senator threatened to oppose it. “I was surprised and extremely disappointed to hear that $18 billion in new assessments and fees were added in the wee hours of the morning by the […]

Sen. Robert Byrd dead at 92

Sen. Robert Byrd dead at 92

Robert Byrd, 92, the longest serving Senator in American history, died this morning in a Washington area hospital. The West Virginia lawmaker was admitted last week for heat exhaustion and dehydration but his condition was far more serious. “However, upon further examination by his doctors, other conditions have developed which has resulted in his condition […]

GOP group plans multi-million dollar election effort

GOP group plans multi-million dollar election effort

In a campaign season of anti-establishment ferment, some of the Republican Party’s best-known insiders are building an ambitious fundraising machine for the fall elections and beyond. They started with a bang in April, cashing a $1 million check from a Texas oil magnate. After a quiet May, friends and foes are watching to see if […]

Oil spill taking a psychological toll

Oil spill taking a psychological toll

BMWUD2CYBUQM The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster feels far worse to shrimper Ricky Robin than Katrina, even though he’s still haunted by memories of riding out the hurricane on his trawler and of his father’s suicide in the storm’s aftermath. The relentless spill is bringing back feelings that are far too familiar to Robin and […]

Tropical storms could add to oil spill problems

Tropical storms could add to oil spill problems

Tropical weather gathering strength in the Caribbean could be the latest bad news for BP crews trying to contain and clean up the massive oil spill in the Gulf, an effort that has been plagued with setbacks for more than two months. It is still too early to tell exactly where tropical storm Alex might […]

Dick Cheney hospitalized

Dick Cheney hospitalized

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was admitted to the hospital Friday after experiencing discomfort, the latest health scare for the 69-year-old Republican leader who has a long history of heart disease. Cheney was expected to remain at George Washington University Hospital over the weekend, said spokesman Peter Long. It was not immediately clear whether Cheney’s […]

House-Senate panel approves Wall Street reform bill

House-Senate panel approves Wall Street reform bill

A Senate-House of Representatives conference panel approved a landmark bill on Friday to overhaul financial regulations, working through the night on the thorniest provisions. The legislation next heads to the full Senate and House where it is expected to win final approval and President Barack Obama could sign it into law before July 4.

Blackwater mercenaries still getting government deals

Blackwater mercenaries still getting government deals

The North Carolina mercenary firm once called Blackwater is still getting lucrative government contracts. The CIA recently awarded Xe Services, the massive guns for hire company run by former Navy SEAL Erik Prince, a $100 million contract to guard agency facilities in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world. The new contract comes on the heels […]

GOP kills unemployment aid extension

GOP kills unemployment aid extension

Republicans on Thursday defeated Democrats’ showcase election-year jobs bill, including an extension of weekly unemployment benefits for millions of people out of work more than six months. The 57-41 vote fell three votes short of the 60 required to crack a GOP filibuster, delivering a major blow to President Barack Obama and Democrats facing big […]