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Name-calling dominates campaigns

Name-calling dominates campaigns

Name-calling is a winner this campaign season. By a landslide. In Illinois, dueling political wordsmiths long ago cast the Senate race as a choice between a “mob banker” and a…

The deadly gamble in Afghanistan

The deadly gamble in Afghanistan

U.S. support for the 9-year Afghanistan war is slipping and the death toll is climbing. As the fighting intensifies, the Pentagon and White House are hoping that political support for…

Teens can screw around and still do good in school

Teens can screw around and still do good in school

There’s good news for parents who worry that their teenagers’ sex lives are affecting their school performance: A provocative new study has found that teens in committed relationships do no…

Obama backtracks on ground zero mosque controversy

Obama backtracks on ground zero mosque controversy

Weighing his words carefully on a fiery political issue, President Barack Obama said Saturday that Muslims have the right to build a mosque near New York’s ground zero, but he…

Independents turn thumbs down on Democrats

Independents turn thumbs down on Democrats

Independents who embraced President Barack Obama‘s call for change in 2008 are ready for a shift again, and that’s worrisome news for Democrats. Only 32 percent of those citing no…

Obama: GOP out to kill Social Security

Obama: GOP out to kill Social Security

President Barack Obama used the anniversary of Social Security to trumpet Democrats’ support for the popular program and accuse Republicans of trying to destroy it. Seventy-five years after President Franklin…

Alvin Greene indicted

Alvin Greene indicted

Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene was indicted in South Carolina on Friday on charges stemming from his arrest last year for allegedly showing pornography to a college student. A grand…

Poll: More pessimism about economy

Poll: More pessimism about economy

Pessimism over the economy is rising and the grim mood could hurt both parties in the November 2 congressional elections, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on…

Ethics-challenged Waters still popular on home turf

Ethics-challenged Waters still popular on home turf

Congressional ethics charges have tarnished Maxine Waters’ reputation in Washington. But in the struggling, mostly Hispanic and black neighborhoods she represents, residents still hold the 10-term Democratic congresswoman in high…

Judge to gay marriage opponents: ‘Give it up’

Judge to gay marriage opponents: ‘Give it up’

The federal judge who overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban has more bad news for the measure’s sponsors: he not only is unwilling to keep gay couples from marrying beyond next…