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Profits, CEO paychecks up big time at U.S. companies

Profits, CEO paychecks up big time at U.S. companies

Profits at big U.S. companies broke records last year, and so did pay for CEOs. The head of a typical public company made $9.6 million in 2011, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm. That was up more than 6 percent from the previous year, […]

Romney says schools are failing under Obama’s watch

Romney says schools are failing under Obama’s watch

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney opened a new front on Wednesday in his fight against President Barack Obama, accusing him of presiding over a failing U.S. education system in the grip of union bosses who refuse to accept reforms. In a rare diversion from his campaign focus on the weak economy, Romney laid out an […]

Santorum looking for resurgence in Louisiana

Santorum looking for resurgence in Louisiana

Rick Santorum is looking to Louisiana for a much-needed rebound as Republican voters go to the polls Saturday in the state’s GOP primary. The former Pennsylvania senator is expected to do well in the contest, just a handful of days after a decisive loss to front-runner Mitt Romney in Illinois on Tuesday. A win over […]

From now on, it’s a Romney – Santorum fight for GOP nod

From now on, it’s a Romney – Santorum fight for GOP nod

The plodding Republican presidential nomination fight is grinding forward toward Puerto Rico — and a two-man race, with Rick Santorum ascendant and Mitt Romney vanquished in the Deep South. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the former Georgia lawmaker whose Southern strategy stalled, was all but relegated to an asterisk in the contest even as he […]

Southern sweep for Santorum

Southern sweep for Santorum

A resurgent Rick Santorum swept primaries in Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday night, upending the race for the Republican presidential nomination yet again and nudging Newt Gingrich toward the sidelines. Mitt Romney was running third in both states. “We did it again,” Santorum told cheering supporters in Lafayette, La. He added, “Now is the time for […]

So much for Newt’s Southern strategy

So much for Newt’s Southern strategy

Newt Gingrich saw his presidential hopes all but dashed Tuesday in the Deep South, where he was rejected by voters in the very region that launched his storied political career more than three decades ago. The former House speaker placed second behind rival Rick Santorum in primaries in Mississippi and Alabama after banking his candidacy […]

Santorum wins Kansas but Romney scores more delegates elsewhere

Santorum wins Kansas  but Romney scores more delegates elsewhere

Rick Santorum captured the Kansas GOP presidential caucuses with ease Saturday, scoring 51 percent of the vote. The rest of the four-man field didn’t even come close:  Mitt Romney second with 21 percent, Newt Gingrich third at 14 percent and Ron Paul bringing up the rear with 12.5 percent. Romney and Gingrich all but wrote […]

Obamacare: The long plodding road to ‘reform’

Obamacare: The long plodding road to ‘reform’

It took only a year to set up Medicare. But if President Barack Obama’s health care law survives Supreme Court scrutiny, it will be nearly a decade before all its major pieces are in place. And that means even if Obama is re-elected, he won’t be in office to oversee completion of his signature domestic […]

Hate groups, driven by extremist politics, on the rise in America

Hate groups, driven by extremist politics, on the rise in America

Racism driven by hatred towards America’s current African-American president, ignorance fueled by bogus conspiracy theories and anger over economic hard times has spurred an alarming growth in the number of hate and anti-government groups, a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center reveals. Spawned largely through the growth of the so-called “Patriot” movement, the […]

Banks drop the foreclosure hammer on churches

Banks drop the foreclosure hammer on churches

Banks are foreclosing on America’s churches in record numbers as lenders increasingly lose patience with religious facilities that have defaulted on their mortgages, according to new data. The surge in church foreclosures represents a new wave of distressed property seizures triggered by the 2008 financial crash, analysts say, with many banks no longer willing to […]