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Ye gads! The pill turns 50!

Ye gads! The pill turns 50!

A world without “the pill” is unimaginable to many young women who now use it to treat acne, skip periods, improve mood and, of course, prevent pregnancy. They might be surprised to learn that U.S. officials announcing approval of the world’s first oral contraceptive were uncomfortable. “Our own ideas of morality had nothing to do […]

Obama claims health care law already helping

Obama claims health care law already helping

President Barack Obama said Saturday that millions of Americans already are reaping benefits from the new health care law, including tax breaks for some small businesses and help for families with young adults. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama vigorously defended the new law, which passed Congress with no Republican votes and continues […]

Proposed law: Strip citizenship, then kill them

Proposed law: Strip citizenship, then kill them

Lawmakers unveiled legislation Thursday to strip Americans thought to have joined extremist groups like Al-Qaeda of their citizenship, saying it would make it easier to try or assassinate them. “Those who join such groups join our enemy and should no longer be entitled to the rights and privileges of American citizens. That’s the bottom line,” […]

Democrats block GOP effort to kill consumer protections

Democrats block GOP effort to kill consumer protections

The Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican attempt to defang consumer protections in a sweeping Wall Street reform bill, while voting to give small banks a break on deposit insurance. Despite procedural delays, lawmakers covered some ground on a top priority of the Obama administration that would be the biggest overhaul of the financial rulebook […]

Arizona governor says ‘nada’ to delaying immigration law

Arizona governor says ‘nada’ to delaying immigration law

A prominent Senate Democrat asked Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to put off her state’s controversial immigration law to give Congress a chance to act. Scant time passed before Brewer’s answer came back: No. The request by Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York was a long shot for getting a stalled Senate immigration initiative moving […]

Bennett begs Republicans: ‘Save my job’

Bennett begs Republicans: ‘Save my job’

Sen. Bob Bennett abandoned Washington this week, spending his days in Utah pleading with Republicans until he was hoarse to let him keep his job — in Washington. The three-term conservative is in serious danger of losing at a GOP state convention Saturday, tripped up by anti-incumbent sentiment and Utah’s quirky nomination system. His only […]

Pentagon bans reporters for naming witnesses

Pentagon bans reporters for naming witnesses

The Pentagon on Thursday barred four journalists from military commissions at Guantanamo Bay because they published the name of a witness after being told not to. The U.S. military wanted the witness identified only as “Interrogator No. 1″ and forbade reporting his name during coverage of this week’s Guantanamo hearings for a 23-year-old Canadian prisoner […]

Karl Rove leads GOP plot to regain power

Karl Rove leads GOP plot to regain power

The Republican Party’s best-connected political operatives have quietly built a massive fundraising, organizing and advertising machine based on the model assembled by Democrats early in the decade, and with the same ambitious goal — to recapture Congress and the White House. The new groups could give Republicans and their allies a powerful campaign apparatus separate […]

BP’s public relations nightmare

BP’s public relations nightmare

What do you call a gigantic man-made disaster that is threatening to despoil the ecosystems and wreck the economies of the Gulf Coast? The answer is important, if you happen to be one of the companies responsible for it. The massive slick spreading toward Louisiana has gone by several names since crude oil began gushing […]

Failed New York bomber did a dry run

Failed New York bomber did a dry run

Days before the failed car bomb in Times Square, a Pakistani-American scouted the bustling district in the same vehicle and then, on a second trip, left a getaway car blocks from his chosen target, a law enforcement official has told The Associated Press. Faisal Shahzad, now in custody on terrorism and weapons charges, drove a […]