Barack Obama

In this election year, inexperience pays off

In this election year, inexperience pays off

All hail inexperience — the less familiarity with politics the better, no matter the party or state. “This election is the first time my name has ever been on a ballot,” appointed Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado said Tuesday night, hours after dispatching his rival in a bitter Democratic primary. Two major mountain ranges away, […]

Gates proposes major defense cuts that will cost jobs

Gates proposes major defense cuts that will cost jobs

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that tough economic times require that he shutter a major command that employs some 5,000 people around Norfolk, Va., and begin to eliminate other jobs throughout the military. The announcement was the first major step by Gates to find $100 billion in savings in the next five years. Gates […]

Obama ramps up anti-Bush rhetoric

Obama ramps up anti-Bush rhetoric

President Barack Obama attacked the economic policies of his Republican predecessor George W. Bush in Bush’s home state on Monday as evidence of the way Republicans would operate if given power in November 2 U.S. congressional elections. At a fund-raising event for Democrats in Dallas, where Bush now lives, Obama said the former president’s “disastrous” […]

Feds drop ball on Medicare fraud cases

Feds drop ball on Medicare fraud cases

They don’t seem that interested in hot pursuit. It took private sleuths hired by Medicare an average of six months last year to refer fraud cases to law enforcement. According to congressional investigators, the exact average was 178 days. By that time, many cases go cold, making it difficult to catch perpetrators, much less recover […]

Kagan sworn in as newest Supreme Court justice

Kagan sworn in as newest Supreme Court justice

Elena Kagan was sworn in Saturday as the 112th justice and fourth woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath to Kagan in a brief private ceremony at the court. Kagan, joined by family and friends, pledged to faithfully and impartially uphold the law. Afterward, she smiled broadly […]

Feds fudged on mortgage bailout failure numbers

Feds fudged on mortgage bailout failure numbers

The Obama administration on Friday acknowledged it had underestimated the number of homeowners who fell seriously behind on their mortgage payments even after getting government help. Treasury officials blamed the error on mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae, which acts as the program administrator for President Barack Obama’s $50 billion Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The […]

CIA moved prisoners to circumvent court

CIA moved prisoners to circumvent court

Four of the nation’s most highly valued terrorist prisoners were secretly moved to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2003, years earlier than has been disclosed, then whisked back into overseas prisons before the Supreme Court could give them access to lawyers, The Associated Press has learned. The transfer allowed the U.S. to interrogate the detainees in […]

Kagan sails through confirmation

Kagan sails through confirmation

It’s all over but the celebrating and oath-taking for soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. Kagan is joining President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday for a ceremony to mark her confirmation as the nation’s 112th justice. On Saturday, she’s to be sworn in at the Supreme Court as the successor to retired […]

Black tea party members: Racism? What racism?

Black tea party members: Racism? What racism?

Black members of the tea party movement on Wednesday rejected charges that the group’s activists are racist, saying they oppose President Barack Obama because of his policies not his skin color. The members gathered at a Washington news conference in the wake of allegations about its rank and file, heightened by the recent split with […]