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Santa drops a winter gift on the Southeast

Santa drops a winter gift on the Southeast

With a rare Christmas snowfall descending on the Southeast and likely headed for the Mid-Atlantic, airlines canceled hundreds of flights and urged travelers to rethink their plans, while travel authorities warned of potentially dangerous roads. After blanketing parts of the Midwest and hampering motorists there on Christmas Eve, the storm dipped south late Friday. Winter […]

WikiLeaks founder set to be released on bail

WikiLeaks founder set to be released on bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, fighting extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes, was expected to walk free on bail on Thursday after London’s High Court upheld a decision to release him under strict conditions. Assange, the target of U.S. fury over WikiLeaks’ publication of secret diplomatic cables, has spent nine days in a London jail […]

Senate ready to pass Obama-GOP tax package

Senate ready to pass Obama-GOP tax package

The Senate is moving to pass a package that would spare taxpayers at every income level from a significant tax increase on Jan. 1. The package will then go to the House, where Democrats are fuming over extended tax breaks for the wealthy that President Barack Obama negotiated with Senate Republicans. House Democrats are considering […]

Here we go again: Another vote on military gay ban

Here we go again: Another vote on military gay ban

In a new showdown, the House this week will take up a bill that would overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays, Democratic leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday. The move would put pressure on the Senate to delay its holiday adjournment plans and take up a standalone repeal bill sponsored last week […]

Question for Rahm: Are you really a resdident from the Windy City?

Question for Rahm: Are you really a resdident from the Windy City?

Rahm Emanuel, who left a powerful job with President Barack Obama at the White House to move back to Chicago and run for mayor, endured hours of questioning on Tuesday from everyone from attorneys to a woman named Queen Sister — all intent on keeping his name off the ballot. Testifying before a Chicago election […]

Elizabeth Edwards near death from cancer

Elizabeth Edwards near death from cancer

Elizabeth Edwards, the political wife whose battle with cander stood as a sad counterpoint to her husband’s dalliances with a campaign aide, is near death. America watched with horror was Edwards battled her disease while her husband, one-time vice-Presidential candidate and a potential hopeful for the top job, contrasted as family man image with a […]

Rangel walks, ethics committee balks

Rangel walks, ethics committee balks

Once one of the most powerful members of Congress, veteran Rep. Charles Rangel of New York was reduced Monday to pleading with colleagues for more time to raise money for a lawyer before they took up misconduct charges against him. No, they said, and quickly began deliberations, saying the facts were so clear they didn’t […]

Rangel walks out on trial after delaying tactic fails

Rangel walks out on trial after delaying tactic fails

Denied his plea for a delay, Rep. Charles Rangel walked out of his ethics trial Monday, leaving the ethics committee’s top lawyer to cite Rangel’s past statements in arguing that the 20-term New York Democrat violated House rules. Chief House ethics counsel Blake Chisam, assuming the role of prosecutor at the rare public airing of […]

Rangel’s ethics trial begins

Rangel’s ethics trial begins

Rep. Charles Rangel of New York headed the House’s tax-writing committee but acknowledged shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service on his own tax bill. Now, a House ethics panel will judge whether filing an amended tax return and belatedly paying his taxes and other financial and fundraising practices violated the congressional rule book. A rare ethics […]

McCain makes it official

By JOAN LOWY

Apparently believing that what’s good once is even better twice, Republican Sen. John McCain announced his candidacy for president during a TV appearance, and then announced he will announce his candidacy again next month.

Seeking maximum exposure for his bid, McCain, 70, confirmed in a pre-taped interview on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” aired late Wednesday what has been clear for at least a year or more — that he’s running hard for the 2008 Republican nomination.