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And so it begins: Less partisan budget talks in Washington?

And so it begins:  Less partisan budget talks in Washington?

Lawmakers launched an effort to resolve budget differences in a less confrontational fashion on Thursday as Washington picked up the pieces from a political crisis that has slowed the economy and undermined the country’s international standing. As hundreds of thousands of federal employees returned to work, Republican and Democratic negotiators held their first meeting to […]

Obama claiming credit for eonomic ‘turnaround’

Obama claiming credit for eonomic ‘turnaround’

President Barack Obama is seeking credit for an economic turnaround, using the fifth anniversary of the collapse of the Lehman Brothers investment bank to highlight signs of recovery and to warn against potentially market-rattling fights over the federal budget and the nation’s debt ceiling. Obama was scheduled to address the state of the economy Monday […]

Blacks voter turnout now higher than whites in America

Blacks voter turnout now higher than whites in America

America’s blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the white turnout for the first time, reflecting a deeply polarized presidential election in which blacks strongly supported Barack Obama while many whites stayed home. Had people voted last November at the same rates they did in […]

Changing attitudes found among working mothers

Changing attitudes found among working mothers

Working mothers increasingly want full-time jobs, and tough economic times might be a big reason, according to a national survey. In the Pew Research Center study being released Thursday, researchers saw a big spike in the share of working mothers who said they’d prefer to work full time; 37 percent said that was their ideal, […]

After 40 years, most Americans oppose overturning abortion ruliing

After 40 years, most Americans oppose overturning abortion ruliing

Most Americans remain opposed to overturning the controversial Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which 40 years ago legalized abortion at least in the first three months of pregnancy, according to a poll released Wednesday. The poll by the Pew Research Center found that 63 percent of Americans believe that Roe v. Wade should […]

White male vote more important than ever for Romney, Republicans

White male vote more important than ever for Romney, Republicans

With the race between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama tightening, the Republican needs one group more than any other to drive him to the White House: white men. For Romney, the support of white male voters offers the likeliest path to the presidency, even as betting on white men is proving an increasingly risky proposition […]

New Pew poll puts Romney ahead of Obama

New Pew poll puts Romney ahead of Obama

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s strong performance in last week’s debate helped him pull ahead of President Barack Obama, a Pew Research Center poll showed on Monday. Likely voters favored Romney in the presidential race by 49 percent to Obama’s 45 percent, while Romney came up even at 46 percent with Obama among registered voters, […]

Anti-war sentiment runs rampant among Iraq and Afghan war veterans

Anti-war sentiment runs rampant among Iraq and Afghan war veterans

During the Vietnam war, many who served in that controversial conflict became anti-war activists and some turned in their medals or tossed them over the fence at the White House. It’s happening again. Irag and Afghan war vets joined in the protests at last week’s NATO summit in Chicago.  At one point, a group of […]