Barack Obama

Ohio gay rights debate mirrors national mood

Ohio gay rights debate mirrors national mood

Thirty years ago, a vote like the one just decided in the university town of Bowling Green, OH, wouldn’t have happened; gay-rights activism hadn’t taken root across most of America. Thirty years hence, such votes may seem a historical curiosity in a time of equality for gays. Right now, though, the gay rights movement is […]

Obama plays Annie: ‘The sun will come out tomorrow’

Obama plays Annie: ‘The sun will come out tomorrow’

Saying America has a history of doing what it takes to make a better tomorrow, President Barack Obama is calling on a country climbing out of its worst economic slump in decades to summon that spirit again this holiday season. “This is not the hardest Thanksgiving America has ever faced. But as long as many […]

Palin: Political contender or pretender?

Palin: Political contender or pretender?

Sarah Palin, the telegenic Republican who exasperates and delights voters about equally, is dropping ever more hints of a presidential bid, including a visit Saturday to the key state of Iowa. The official purpose of her trip to suburban Des Moines is to promote her new book, “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and […]

Obama: He doesn’t think much about Sarah Palin

Obama: He doesn’t think much about Sarah Palin

President Barack Obama says he respects Sarah Palin‘s political skills but hasn’t thought about the possibility of facing her in the 2012 presidential election. Obama acknowledges that Palin “has a strong base of support in the Republican Party,” but he says he spends most of his time focused on being “the best possible president.” In […]

Rand Paul compared Obama to Hitler

Rand Paul compared Obama to Hitler

Rand Paul, the GOP Senator-elect from Kentucky, in a 2009 interview, compared President Barack Obama‘s rise to power to Adolph Hitler‘s ascension to control of Nazi Germany. The comparison, not unusual for the shoot-from-the-lip Paul, came during an interview with conspiracy propagandist Alex Jones. According to blogger Tanya Somanader, Paul said: You know, Rahm Emanuel, […]

Obama: America ready to defend South Korea

Obama: America ready to defend South Korea

President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged the United States would stand “shoulder to shoulder” with South Korea after what the White House branded a provocative, outrageous attack by North Korea on its neighbor. Its options limited, the U.S. sought a diplomatic rather a military response to one of the most ominous clashes between the Koreas […]

Jon Kyl, others ignored Senate ban on earmarks

Jon Kyl, others ignored Senate ban on earmarks

Senate Republicans’ ban on earmarks — money included in a bill by a lawmaker to benefit a home-state project or interest — was short-lived. Only three days after GOP senators and senators-elect renounced earmarks, Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, the No. 2 Senate Republican, got himself a whopping $200 million to settle an Arizona Indian tribe’s […]

End coming for color-coded terror alert system

End coming for color-coded terror alert system

The Homeland Security Department is proposing to discontinue the color-coded terror alert system that became a symbol of the country’s post-9/11 jitters and the butt of late-night talk show jokes. The 8-year-old system, with its rainbow of five colors — from green, signifying a low threat, to red, meaning severe — became a fixture in […]

GOP wins another House seat as Democrat concedes

A sixth Democratic House seat in New York fell to Republicans on Tuesday when freshman incumbent Dan Maffei conceded he could not overcome his opponent’s narrow lead. The Republican, Ann Marie Buerkle, will be the first woman to represent central New York‘s 25th Congressional District. Maffei, who defeated Dale Sweetland to win the seat in […]

American voters don’t want a second term from Obama

American voters don’t want a second term from Obama

Memo to Barack Obama: You might want to start freshening up your resume because because a majority of American voters don’t think you deserve a second term in office. A new poll from Oquinnipiac University shows 49 percent of American voters don’t think Obama should have a second term with 43 percent saying he does. […]