Story on ethanol draws sharp response from industry

Story on ethanol draws sharp response from industry

A new Associated Press investigation, which found that ethanol hasn’t lived up to some of the government’s clean-energy promises, is drawing a fierce response from the ethanol industry. In an unusual campaign, ethanol producers, corn growers and its lobbying and public relations firms have criticized and sought to alter the story, which was released to […]

Holder agrees to changes in probes involving news media

Holder agrees to changes in probes involving news media

Attorney General Eric Holder told media editors on Thursday that he would change the way the Justice Department handles investigations that involve reporters and not repeat searches that have raised concerns about freedom of the press, the editors said. After a meeting that other media outlets boycotted because of its secrecy, the editors who did […]

News groups to Holder’s off the record meeting: ‘No way’

News groups to Holder’s off the record meeting: ‘No way’

A number of news organizations told Attorney General Eric Holder to, in effect, “go to hell” when invited to an “off the record” meeting to discuss the Justice Department’s guidelines on so-called guidelines governing security leak investigations of reporters. Angry over Holder’s harassment of the Associated Press and secret monitoring of Fox News reporter James […]

With cameras everywhere, it’s hard to avoid detection

As the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings illustrates, getting lost in the crowd is no longer an easy feat. There are eyes — and cameras — everywhere. Investigators swiftly obtained a vast quantity of amateur photos and videos taken by onlookers, often with their cell phones, as well as extensive footage from surveillance cameras […]

Scalpers hawking free Obama inauguration tickets online

Scalpers hawking free Obama inauguration tickets online

Tickets to President Barack Obama’s inauguration are supposed to be free, but they’re being peddled on eBay and Craigslist for up to $2,000 apiece. Congressional offices and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which are both distributing tickets to inaugural events, are trying to clamp down on the black market. So far, their efforts haven’t stopped online […]

Obama looking for much-needed campaign cash from Hollywood liberals

Obama looking for much-needed campaign cash from Hollywood liberals

Three days after Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood issued a high-profile endorsement of Republican Mitt Romney for President, incumbent President Barack Obama is gathering a set of Hollywood liberals in Connecticut for his own star-power fundraiser. A big-bucks fundraiser at the home of film mogul Harvey Weinstein, co-hosted by Ann Hathaway, Joanne Woodward and Aaron Sorkin, […]

‘Tis the political season to be silly

‘Tis the political season to be silly

Silly-season pollen seems to have infected the campaign trail. On the Democratic side, the excitable Vice President Joe Biden made the jaw-dropping claim that the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was unsurpassed in its audacity by anything that has happened since the 16th century — that’s right, for 500 years. Among Republicans, a punchy […]

Scott Brown looks back over first year in Senate

Scott Brown looks back over first year in Senate

Scott Brown ran for the Senate vowing to rein in government spending and cut the federal budget deficit. A year later, he is open to increasing the national debt limit so the government can both spend and borrow more. The clash between his campaign rhetoric and voting record underscores the theme of the Republican’s first […]

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