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Obama’s tax cuts worry social security advocates

Obama’s tax cuts worry social security advocates

Some Social Security advocates fear that President Barack Obama‘s desire to cut taxes supporting the program will undermine its vaunted stature as a self-financing pension system that provides checks to retirees based on contributions they made while working. For now, though, the administration insists — and many experts agree — that the proposal would have […]

GOP foes attack Perry’s record

GOP foes attack Perry’s record

Rick Perry‘s bid for the Republican presidential nomination will rise or fall on his 10-year record as Texas governor. In Monday’s crackling GOP debate, his rivals attacked that record as never before, led by a newly energized Mitt Romney and hard-charging Michele Bachmann. Perry, holding his own but looking besieged at times, defended himself vigorously […]

Another debate, more lies

Another debate, more lies

Rick Perry 1.0 thought Social Security was a “disease” inflicted on the population by the federal government. Rick Perry 2.0 thinks Social Security deserves to be saved “for generations to come.” That metamorphosis by the Republican presidential hopeful over recent months contributed to some factual stretches Monday night in a GOP debate, both by the […]

Tears unite Americans remembering 9/11

Tears unite Americans remembering 9/11

Tears flowed and bells tolled at Ground Zero as Americans marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in a rare moment of unity for a country still shaken by the horrific terror strikes. President Barack Obama and his predecessor and political foe George W. Bush stood together in New York for the main ceremony […]

Is it government’s job to fix economy?

Is it government’s job to fix economy?

The economy needs to be fixed. On this, Democrats and Republicans agree. They part ways over how to do it and, specifically, what role the federal government should play. “Ultimately,” President Barack Obama tells Congress, “our recovery will be driven not by Washington, but by our businesses and our workers. But we can help.” His […]

Rebuilt Pentagon remembers 9/11

Rebuilt Pentagon remembers 9/11

Memories of horror and heroism echoed Sunday across the west side of the Pentagon where, a decade ago, a hijacked airplane carrying 59 doomed passengers and crew and 36,200 pounds of jet fuel smashed into the fortress-like military headquarters, killing all aboard and 125 inside. At a ceremony attended by an estimated 1,600 people, including […]

Remembering September 11, 2001

  The morning of September 11, 2001, dawned clear and crisp. A bright, blue sky overhead as I drove into Washington, DC, headed for the State Department for a routine assignment shooting a ceremonial function: a quiet routine day. Or so I thought. Shortly after 9:30 a.m., the Blackberry on my belt, vibrated, signalling the […]