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Sherrod unsure about return to USDA

Sherrod unsure about return to USDA

Former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, who was forced to resign after a blogger posted comments she made to an NAACP audience about race, is unsure about returning to a government job, she said Friday. President Barack Obama told Sherrod he regretted her forced resignation and asked her to consider coming back. He also said […]

Rangel becomes major headache for Democrats

Rangel becomes major headache for Democrats

Friends and political allies of embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel are noticeably quiet after the disclosure that the 40-year House veteran and dean of the New York congressional delegation may face serious charges from a House ethics panel. Rangel, 80, told reporters Friday that he looked forward to a public airing of the charges next week […]

Sherrod fallout continues

Sherrod fallout continues

President Barack Obama has ordered a more patient, deliberative style of governance from his aides and Cabinet members in the wake of a convulsive week surrounding the ouster of Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod. After telling Sherrod he regretted her forced resignation over racial remarks she made to an NAACP audience, Obama said in a […]

Obama signs unemployment bill

Obama signs unemployment bill

Federal checks could begin flowing again as early as next week to millions of jobless people who lost up to seven weeks of unemployment benefits in a congressional standoff. President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law a restoration of benefits for people who have been out of work for six months or more. Congress […]

Rangel faces more ethics problems

Rangel faces more ethics problems

Rep. Charles Rangel, who has spent half of his 80 years as a member of Congress, says he looks forward to fighting ethics charges. Other Democrats won’t be so pleased. The ethics trial sought by the New York congressman and former Ways and Means Committee chairman will coincide with campaign season. Democrats will have to […]

Greene lied about military record

Greene lied about military record

Surprise U.S. Senate nominee Alvin Greene frequently mentions his 13 years of military service, but records obtained Thursday by The Associated Press show that the veteran who has called himself an “American hero” was considered a lackluster service member at best. The records, which document his superiors’ decisions to pass over Greene for promotion, cite […]

Prosecutor firings: Inappropriate and political

Prosecutor firings: Inappropriate and political

The Bush administration’s Justice Department’s actions were inappropriately political, but not criminal, when it fired a U.S. attorney in 2006, prosecutors said Wednesday in closing a two-year investigation without filing charges. The decision closes the books on one of the lingering political disputes of the Bush administration, one that Democrats said was evidence of GOP […]

The Sherrod debacle: What a mess

The Sherrod debacle: What a mess

The White House apologized to Shirley Sherrod. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offered her a new job. But after a whirlwind week, Sherrod says she needs to think about it. It has been an emotional roller coaster ride for Sherrod, who until this week had been the Agriculture Department’s director of rural development for Georgia. First […]

Olbermann: Everyone is at fault in Sherrod debacle

Olbermann: Everyone is at fault in Sherrod debacle

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann says just about everyone is to blame for the massive screwup that led to the knee-jerk firing of USDA employee Shirley Sherrod — the right, the left, Fox News, the White House, President Obama and even his own employer. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Political spin clouds economic realities

Political spin clouds economic realities

Midterm politics are distorting economic decision-making as leaders of both parties spin rival views of the road ahead, offering visions based on questionable economics. The resulting political angst is leaving a mark on major legislation. A far-reaching financial overhaul bill signed by President Barack Obama on Wednesday reflects voter anger over bankers, bailouts and bonuses. […]