Barack Obama

Supreme Court rejects request to lift military gay ban

Supreme Court rejects request to lift military gay ban

The Supreme Court on Friday denied a request to lift the Pentagon’s ban that prevents openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military, a decision that turns the focus on the issue to Congress when lawmakers return to work next week. President Barack Obama has pledged to end the “don’t ask, don’t […]

Gates on gay ban report leak: Who asked? Who told?

Gates on gay ban report leak: Who asked? Who told?

Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Friday condemned the leak of a Pentagon study looking at ending a ban on gays in the US military, launching a probe into the disclosure. The Pentagon had planned to announce the results of the internal review in December but the Washington Post published details of the study’s findings on […]

Task force warns Obama over high cost of Aghan war

Task force warns Obama over high cost of Aghan war

An independent task force cautioned President Barack Obama on Friday about the high cost of the Afghanistan war and said he should consider a narrow military mission if his December review finds the current strategy is not working. The 25-member task force, led by former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and former national security […]

Deficit commission challenges conventional wisdom on budget

Deficit commission challenges conventional wisdom on budget

The leaders of the deficit commission are baldly calling out the budget myths of both political parties, challenging lawmakers to engage in the “adult conversation” they say they want. Their plan — mixing painful cuts to Social Security and Medicare with big tax increases — has no chance of enactment as written, certainly not as […]

Voters not sold on GOP’s agenda

Voters not sold on GOP’s agenda

People back Republican tax cut plans but not the GOP campaign to repeal President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul, according to a poll suggesting that the Republicans’ big Election Day win was not a mandate for the party’s legislative wish list. Fifty-three percent say income tax cuts that soon will expire should be renewed for […]

Obama on the road and still on a losing streak

Obama on the road and still on a losing streak

President Barack Obama claimed a stronger hand on the world stage Friday despite electoral defeats at home, failure to get a free-trade agreement with South Korea and lackluster international support for his get-tough policy with China on trade and currency disputes. “It wasn’t any easier to talk about currency when I was first elected and […]

Amnesty group wants Bush prosecuted for war crimes

Amnesty group wants Bush prosecuted for war crimes

The United States must prosecute former President George W. Bush for torture if his admission in a memoir that he authorized waterboarding holds true, rights group Amnesty International said on Wednesday. In “Decision Points,” published this week, Bush defended his decision to authorize waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning condemned by some as torture. Bush […]

Public split over GOP’s agenda

Public split over GOP’s agenda

People back Republican tax cut plans but not the GOP campaign to repeal President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul, according to a poll suggesting that the Republicans’ big Election Day win was not a mandate for the party’s legislative wish list. Fifty-three percent say income tax cuts that soon will expire should be renewed for […]

Report: Lifting gay ban won’t hurt military

Report: Lifting gay ban won’t hurt military

A Defense Department study group has found that the United States could lift its ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military with little risk to current war efforts, The Washington Post reported Thursday. “More than 70 percent of respondents to a survey sent to active-duty and reserve troops over the summer said […]

Bush’s memoir: Does anybody really give a damn?

Bush’s memoir: Does anybody really give a damn?

President George W. Bush may hope his memoir will help shape his legacy, but after the glow of being on Oprah and the media blitz wears off, few Americans who buy “Decision Points” are likely to read it, experts say. “Most people do not read presidential memoirs because they get bored,” said Leslie Gelb, president […]