Associated Press

Democrats gamble big bucks on close races

Democrats gamble big bucks on close races

Struggling to build a firewall against a Republican takeover, congressional Democrats are pouring money into roughly two dozen tight races around the country in the campaign’s closing weeks while pulling it back from others where their chances seem slimmer. With polls showing Republicans increasingly well-positioned to seize control of the House, the Democrats are planning […]

Rush to judgment: Vilsack ignored facts in Sherrod debacle

Rush to judgment: Vilsack ignored facts in Sherrod debacle

Former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod pleaded with officials to hear her out after she was ousted from the USDA during a racial firestorm in July, internal e-mails show. Sherrod’s pleas reached Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s e-mail soon after he ordered her dismissed from the department because of supposed racist remarks she made earlier in […]

Working-class whites say ‘no way’ to Democrats

Working-class whites say ‘no way’ to Democrats

Desperate for jobs and cool toward President Barack Obama, working-class whites are flocking to Republicans, turning a group long wary of Democrats into an even bigger impediment to the party’s drive to keep control of Congress. An Associated Press-GfK poll shows whites without four-year college degrees preferring GOP candidates by twice the margin of the […]

Voters hate Democrats…and Republicans too

Voters hate Democrats…and Republicans too

If anyone is as scorned as much as Democrats these days, it’s Republicans — the very party that may recapture the House and perhaps the Senate in November’s elections. Yet Democrats face a problem, even as they try exploiting GOP unpopularity by warning against letting them run Congress. People who dislike Democrats seem ready to […]

Obama losing support among Hispanics

Obama losing support among Hispanics

President Barack Obama‘s once solid support among Hispanics is showing a few cracks, a troubling sign for Democrats desperate to get this critical constituency excited about helping the party hold onto Congress this fall. Hispanics still overwhelmingly favor the Democratic Party over the GOP, and a majority still think Obama is doing a good job, […]

Greene lied about military record

Greene lied about military record

Surprise U.S. Senate nominee Alvin Greene frequently mentions his 13 years of military service, but records obtained Thursday by The Associated Press show that the veteran who has called himself an “American hero” was considered a lackluster service member at best. The records, which document his superiors’ decisions to pass over Greene for promotion, cite […]

Feds, BP fight over next step

Feds, BP fight over next step

BP and the Obama administration offered significantly differing views Sunday on whether the capped Gulf of Mexico oil well will have to be reopened, a contradiction that may be an effort by the oil giant to avoid blame if crude starts spewing again. Pilloried for nearly three months as it tried repeatedly to stop the […]

Oil leak plugged…for now

Oil leak plugged…for now

Now the wait begins. BP has finally gained control over one of America’s biggest environmental catastrophes by placing a carefully fitted cap over a runaway geyser that has been gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico since early spring. Engineers, politicians and Gulf residents will watch anxiously over the next day and a half to […]

BP claims progress; Gulf waits and hopes

BP claims progress; Gulf waits and hopes

Underwater robots steadily assembled heavy metal pieces Monday as BP prepared to install a tighter cap over its busted well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, offering hopeful signs that it could soon bring the gusher under control. The oil giant said it was ahead of its schedule to get the new, better […]

Abandoned oil wells a continuing threat

Abandoned oil wells a continuing threat

More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades. No one — not industry, not government — is checking to see if they are leaking, an Associated Press investigation shows. The oldest of these wells were abandoned […]