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Obama claims immigration overhaul can boost economy

Obama claims immigration overhaul can boost economy

President Barack Obama says overhauling the nation’s immigration system can provide a big boost to the economic recovery. In his weekly Internet and radio address, Obama cites former President George W. Bush’s support for a comprehensive solution on immigration. He says if Democrats and Republicans can agree on something, it’s a good place to start. […]

Napolitano quits as Homeland Security Secretary

Napolitano quits as Homeland Security Secretary

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced her resignation Friday to take over the University of California system, leaving behind a huge department still working to adjust to the merger of nearly two dozen agencies after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The former Arizona governor came to President Barack Obama’s Cabinet with plans to fix […]

James Clapper’s sordid history of lying to Congress, America

James Clapper’s sordid history of lying to Congress, America

As the director of national intelligence, James Clapper has told Congress that the regime of Moammar Gadhafi would likely prevail in Libya, that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood party was “largely secular” and that the National Security Agency doesn’t collect data on millions of Americans. Not quite. Gadhafi ended up killed by Libyan rebel forces, and the […]

Spitzer collects more than enough signatures for return to politics

Spitzer collects more than enough signatures for return to politics

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who shook up the New York political world this week with an 11th-hour bid for city comptroller, announced on Thursday he had collected enough signatures to get on the Democratic primary ballot. Eyeing a comeback five years after he resigned from office in a prostitution scandal, Spitzer arrived at […]

GOP rejects comprehensive approach on immigration

GOP rejects comprehensive approach on immigration

House Republicans are embracing a step-by-step approach to immigration, in contrast to the sweeping plan passed by the Senate and backed by the White House. But they’re offering neither specifics nor a timetable — nor any mention of possible citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country unlawfully. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, […]

Republicans strip food stamps from farm bill

Republicans strip food stamps from farm bill

Bruised from the defeat of a massive farm bill last month, Republicans are giving the legislation another chance by bringing a pared-down version to the House floor. GOP leaders were still counting how many votes they could muster for the new measure, which drops the politically sensitive food stamp portion of the bill, when they […]

Time running our as Congress lacks a solution on student loans

Time running our as Congress lacks a solution on student loans

The clock is ticking loudly as Congress looks for a deal to bring back low interest rates on student loans. Lawmakers and their aides are continuing talks about how they can restore 3.4 percent interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans and retroactively undo the doubling of those rates. Some suggested Wednesday that compromise was […]

Pentagon payroll budget snafus left an injured soldier, others broke

Pentagon payroll budget snafus left an injured soldier, others broke

As Christmas 2011 approached, U.S. Army medic Shawn Aiken was once again locked in desperate battle with a formidable foe. Not insurgents in Iraq, or Taliban fighters in Afghanistan – enemies he had already encountered with distinguished bravery. This time, he was up against the U.S. Defense Department. Aiken, then 30 years old, was in […]

Republicans say Obama ignores Constitution, exceeds authority

Republicans say Obama ignores Constitution, exceeds authority

In the courts of law and public opinion, congressional Republicans increasingly accuse President Barack Obama of exceeding his constitutional authority for the benefit of special interests, most recently by delaying a requirement for businesses to provide health care for their workers. In one instance, Senate Republicans formally backed a lawsuit challenging the president’s appointment of […]