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White House failed to act to prevent Sherrod debacle

White House failed to act to prevent Sherrod debacle

As a racial firestorm erupted last month, the White House buzzed with questions and concerns about the forced ouster of a black Agriculture Department employee. But no one stepped in to stop Secretary Tom Vilsack from pressuring Shirley Sherrod to resign, a decision administration officials from President Barack Obama on down now say was a […]

Repubicans go after birthright citizenship

Repubicans go after birthright citizenship

Leading Republicans are joining a push to reconsider the constitutional amendment that grants automatic citizenship to people born in the United States. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Tuesday he supports holding hearings on the 14th Amendment right, although he emphasized that Washington’s immigration focus should remain on border security. His comments came […]

Another incumbent goes down

Another incumbent goes down

Incumbents beware. Another lawmaker just bit the dust. Michigan Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick lost her bid for an eighth term on Tuesday, her son’s legal woes dragging her down in a year when fickle voters seem eager to fire longtime lawmakers. She’s the sixth — and the fourth in the House — to lose so […]

Reid leading Angle in latest Nevada poll

Reid leading Angle in latest Nevada poll

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, one of America’s most powerful politicians, holds a narrow edge among likely voters in his re-election bid in recession-lashed Nevada, a Reuters-Ipsos poll said on Tuesday. The struggling U.S. economy is paramount in voters’ minds as they look ahead to the November 2 election in Nevada, with 74 percent citing […]

Democrats: Corruption? What corruption?

Democrats: Corruption? What corruption?

Democratic leaders say they’ve emptied the swamp of congressional corruption. Never mind the ethics trials to come for two longtime party members. “Drain the swamp we did, because this was a terrible place,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week of the Republican rule in the House that ended in January 2007. Pelosi’s statement might seem […]

U.S. combat role in Iraq set for end this month

U.S. combat role in Iraq set for end this month

President Barack Obama vowed on Monday to make good on his promise to end U.S. combat operations in Iraq by the end of August, despite a dangerous political deadlock in Baghdad and a recent surge in militant violence. Speaking to the Disabled American Veterans group in Atlanta even as he struggles with waning public support […]

Kagan on way to confirmation

Kagan on way to confirmation

A confirmation vote is all but assured for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan as the Senate begins debate on making her the fourth female justice. Supporters and opponents were to weigh in during debate starting Tuesday on President Barack Obama‘s nominee. A vote is expected before week’s end. Confirming Kagan, 50, for a lifetime seat […]

McCain blocks spy chief vote

McCain blocks spy chief vote

Senator John McCain said on Monday he would allow a Senate vote on President Barack Obama‘s nominee to be U.S. intelligence chief as soon as he receives an intelligence report he requested 18 months ago. But another senator, Kit Bond, said he might also move to block a vote on the spy chief nominee in […]

Obama’s plan: Bash Bush

Obama’s plan: Bash Bush

President Barack Obama rallied support for his embattled Democrats on Monday, charging that Republicans had no ideas different from those pursued by his predecessor, George W. Bush. At a fund-raising lunch for the Democratic National Committee, Obama tried to energize Democrats who are likely to lose seats in both chambers of the U.S. Congress in […]

Obama: U.S. mission changing in Iraq

Obama: U.S. mission changing in Iraq

President Barack Obama will set a course Monday for the nation’s changing mission in Iraq as the military prepares to end its combat operations there. In a speech at the national convention of the Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta, Obama was to address the progress being made to meet his deadline of drawing down all […]