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Boehner evades leadership on immigration bill

Boehner evades leadership on immigration bill

Speaker of the House John Boehner, the House of Representatives “leader” who refuses to lead, avoided taking a stand again Sunday by refusing to stake out a position on the controversial immigration bill. While the Democratic-led Senate managed, somehow, to pass a comprehensive, and some say sweeping, bipartisan immigration bill that provides, among other things, […]

Secret court reauthorizes spying on Americans

Secret court reauthorizes spying on Americans

The authority used by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence monitor telephone conversations as part of a program to spy on Americans expired Friday. No problem.  Under orders from the Obama administration, the program simply instructed the secret court that allows such invasion of the rights of Americans to reauthorize the classified program […]

Boehner: ‘We need to repeal old laws, not pass new ones’

Boehner:  ‘We need to repeal old laws, not pass new ones’

John Boehner, the always questionable, often irrational Speaker of the House, says Congress should be in the job of repealing laws, not passing new ones. “We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal,” Boehner says in an interview scheduled to be aired on CBS “Face the Nation” on Sunday. Responding to a […]

Legendary, opinionated reporter Helen Thomas dead at 92

Legendary, opinionated reporter Helen Thomas dead at 92

Covering 10 presidents over five decades, Helen Thomas aged into a legend. She was the only reporter with her name inscribed on a chair in the White House briefing room — her own front row seat to history. Starting as a copy girl in 1943, when women were considered unfit for serious reporting, Thomas rose […]

Judge: Obama’s drone use rationale ‘disconcerting’

Judge: Obama’s drone use rationale ‘disconcerting’

A federal judge said Friday that she finds “disconcerting” the Obama administration’s position that courts have no role in a lawsuit over the 2011 drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen, including an al-Qaida cleric. U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer made the comment at a hearing on a government motion to dismiss […]

No child left behind program left behind by House Republicans

No child left behind program left behind by House Republicans

House Republicans voted Friday to dismantle the troubled No Child Left Behind law for evaluating America’s students and schools, saying states and local school districts rather than Washington should be setting rules for ensuring that kids are getting good educations. The legislation would eliminate federally required testing of students, which has been controversial from the […]

Obama gets personal about Trayvon Martin case

Obama gets personal about Trayvon Martin case

President Barack Obama kept his own counsel after the six women deciding whether George Zimmerman deserved prison time for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin delivered their verdict, releasing just a written statement appealing for calm the day after the ex-neighborhood watchman had been cleared of all charges. But the president was quietly keeping tabs […]

NSA puts new anti-leak measures into place

NSA puts new anti-leak measures into place

The National Security Agency is implementing new security measures because of the disclosures by former NSA-systems-analyst-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden, top defense officials said Thursday. NSA chief Keith Alexander said his agency had implemented a “two-man rule,” under which any system administrator like Snowden could only access or move key information with another administrator present. With some […]

Skepticism, concern from citizens in bankrupt Detroit

Skepticism, concern from citizens in bankrupt Detroit

Some Detroit residents voiced skepticism on Thursday that the former U.S. manufacturing powerhouse would emerge in better shape from its historic bankruptcy filing designed to fix the city’s financial crisis. Hours after learning Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, residents spoke of the stark realities that come with living in a financially […]