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Ed Koch, New York’s colorful former mayor, dead at 88

Ed Koch, New York’s colorful former mayor, dead at 88

Ed Koch‘s favorite moment as mayor of New York City, fittingly, involved yelling. Suddenly inspired to do something brash about the rare transit strike that crippled the city in 1980, he strode down to the Brooklyn Bridge to encourage commuters who were forced to walk to work instead of jumping aboard subway trains and buses. […]

CIA director nominee knew about agency’s torture techniques

CIA director nominee knew about agency’s torture techniques

John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, had detailed, contemporaneous knowledge of the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on captured terrorism suspects during an earlier stint as a top spy agency official, according to multiple sources familiar with official records. Those records, the sources said, show that Brennan was a regular recipient […]

If debt ceiling reached, what bills won’t be paid?

If debt ceiling reached, what bills won’t be paid?

In the summer of 2011, when a debt crisis like the current one loomed, President Barack Obama warned Republicans that older Americans might not get their Social Security checks unless there was a deal to raise the nation’s borrowing limit. After weeks of brinkmanship, Republicans consented and Obama agreed to a deficit-reduction plan the GOP […]

Post election realities push some Congress types towards the middle

Post election realities push some Congress types towards the middle

There’s a lot of political currency these days in being labeled a “problem-solver,” a title that has become highly sought-after following a polarizing election and protracted fight in Congress over raising taxes and curbing spending. With sharp divisions in Washington entering President Barack Obama’s second term, lawmakers from both parties are seeking the political middle […]

Republicans: Just as divided and angry as ever

Republicans: Just as divided and angry as ever

The Republican Party seems as divided and angry as ever. Infighting has penetrated the highest levels of the House GOP leadership. Long-standing geographic tensions have increased, pitting endangered Northeastern Republicans against their colleagues from other parts of the country. Enraged tea party leaders are threatening to knock off dozens of Republicans who supported a measure […]

Under Senate deal, economy dodges bullet for now

Under Senate deal, economy dodges bullet for now

A deal worked out by U.S. Senate leaders to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” was far from any “grand bargain” of deficit reduction measures. But if approved by the U.S. House of Representatives, it could help the country steer clear of recession, although enough austerity would remain in place to likely keep the economy growing at […]

Over the fiscal cliff: A hard of soft landing?

Over the fiscal cliff: A hard of soft landing?

Efforts to save the nation from going over a year-end “fiscal cliff” were still in disarray as lawmakers returned to the Capitol to confront the tax-and-spend crisis. A tone-setting quotation was Democratic Sen. Harry Reid’s assertion that the House under Republican Speaker John Boehner had been “operating with a dictatorship.” President Barack Obama flew back […]

Former President George H.W. Bush moved out of intensive care

Former President George H.W. Bush moved out of intensive care

Former President George H.W. Bush‘s condition improved enough for him to be moved on Saturday out of the intensive care unit and into a regular room at the Houston hospital where he was admitted last month for respiratory problems, a spokesman said. Bush, 88, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, entered Methodist Hospital […]

For Senate, a ‘mission impossible’ from Obama?

For Senate, a ‘mission impossible’ from Obama?

Following a Friday meeting with congressional leaders, an impatient and annoyed President Barack Obama said it was “mind boggling” that Congress has been unable to fix a “fiscal cliff” mess that everyone has known about for more than a year. He then dispatched Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, […]

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