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Obama signs four-year extension of Patriot Act

Obama signs four-year extension of Patriot Act

Congress on Thursday passed a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists. Votes taken in rapid succession in the Senate…

Judge voids Wisconsin union-busting law

Judge voids Wisconsin union-busting law

A Wisconsin judge on Thursday voided a controversial Republican-backed law restricting the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions in the state. Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi, who was appointed…

Palin’s bus tour fuels presidential speculation

Palin’s bus tour fuels presidential speculation

Sarah Palin announced a “One Nation” bus tour of the United States, fueling speculation that she will make a run for the US presidency in 2012 elections. The populist former…

Romney will announce Presidential run next week

Romney will announce Presidential run next week

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will formally announce his campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination next week in New Hampshire, a Romney aide said on Thursday. Romney, who unsuccessfully…

Bachmann plans presidential announcement in June

Bachmann plans presidential announcement in June

Republican Michele Bachmann is making plans for a presidential campaign announcement next month in Waterloo, Iowa, the city where the Minnesota congresswoman was born. Bachmann trickled out the details in…

GOP excesses may redefine 2012 races

GOP excesses may redefine 2012 races

Jubilant Democrats demanded Republicans abandon their sweeping plans to remake Medicare on Wednesday after casting a House race in upstate New York as a referendum on the popular program and…

John Edwards under criminal investigation

John Edwards under criminal investigation

Multiple reports say former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards will soon be indicted by the Justice Department on criminal charges for allegedly violating campaign finance laws in an effort…

Congress set to vote on Patriot Act extension this week

Congress set to vote on Patriot Act extension this week

The Senate voted Monday to open debate on the rights-robbing USA Patriot Act — the Bush-era anti-terrorism law passed by a shell-shocked Congress in the days following the September 11…

Pawlenty has plenty of problems with the truth

Pawlenty has plenty of problems with the truth

A parsing of Pawlenty’s opening-day statements shows they were not the whole truth. Here is a sampling of his claims Monday and how they compare with the facts. ___ PAWLENTY:…

Budget talks resume: Don’t expect much

Budget talks resume: Don’t expect much

Talks to avert a potentially catastrophic U.S. debt default resume on Tuesday after signs Republicans might soften their stance over a key obstacle to a deal with Democrats, but hopes…