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Ethanol: A secret, dirty result of Obama’s Green Power push

Ethanol: A secret, dirty result of Obama’s Green Power push

The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply. Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. With the Iowa […]

Obama’s drop in public approval may be irreversible

Obama’s drop in public approval may be irreversible

Insiders say it is hard for the President to accept, but Barack Obama’s personal appeal and public approval ratings aren’t what they once were. In his first term, Obama’s personal favorability ratings gave him protection from the economic recession, bruising confrontations with Congressional Republicans and re-election prospects that seemed questionable until Republicans put up a […]

Partisanship: A real threat to the American way of life

Partisanship: A real threat to the American way of life

Whenever anyone tries to start a political debate by saying something like “as a Republican” or “as a Democrat,” I stop listening. I’m sorry but anyone — and yes, I mean anyone — who touts political party as a priority in their life is an immediate turnoff.  My initial thought is: “Why bother?” At a […]

Judge rules Texas abortion limits unconstitutional

Judge rules Texas abortion limits unconstitutional

A federal judge has determined that new Texas abortion restrictions violate the U.S. Constitution, a ruling that keeps open — at least for now — dozens of abortion clinics that were set to halt operations Tuesday had key parts of the law taken effect. In a decision released Monday that the state is certain to […]

Make government shutdowns illegal? A tough sale

Make government shutdowns illegal? A tough sale

There is a way to prevent government shutdowns. A change in U.S. law would keep federal workers on the job and ensure that treasured sites like the Statue of Liberty and Yosemite stay open during a budget fight, instead of becoming political pawns. The idea’s been around for three decades, but even after a 16-day […]

GOP woes deepen a year after Romney debacle

GOP woes deepen a year after Romney debacle

A year after losing a presidential race many Republicans thought was winnable, the party arguably is in worse shape than before. The GOP is struggling to control tensions between its tea party and establishment wings and watching approval ratings sink to record lows. It’s almost quaint to recall that soon after Mitt Romney lost to […]

Are Obmacare’s glitches, problems fixable?

Are Obmacare’s glitches, problems fixable?

The federal government’s biggest foray into online commerce has left millions of tech-savvy Americans thoroughly bewildered. But the insurance industry and others experienced with rolling out new programs say there’s still enough time to fix the glitches with President Barack Obama’s health care law before uninsured people start getting coverage on Jan. 1. The online […]

Health care law opponents smiling and saying ‘told you so’

Health care law opponents smiling and saying ‘told you so’

The glitch-ridden rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care law has opponents crowing: “Told you so!” and insisting it should be paused, if not scrapped. But others, including insurance companies, say there’s still enough time to fix the online enrollment system before uninsured Americans start getting coverage on Jan. 1. After emergency repairs over the […]

Obama regroups for showdowns on budgets, debt and health care

Obama regroups for showdowns on budgets, debt and health care

Locked in a tug of war with lawmakers over spending and borrowing, President Barack Obama is pressing his case in America’s heartland that Congress mustn’t jeopardize fragile economic progress with threats of a government shutdown. A recently expanded auto plant near Kansas City, Mo., is the venue for Obama to argue Friday that the U.S. […]