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Struggling Americans to candidates: Fix the economy, stupid

Struggling Americans to candidates: Fix the economy, stupid

Boarded-up homes and empty storefronts dot the once-prosperous town of Elkhart, Indiana, where those still struggling to recover from the economic collapse of 2008 have a simple message for politicians ahead of key mid-term elections: fix the economy, stupid. While the worst economic downturn to strike the United States since the Great Depression may have […]

One third of voters could still switch candidates before election

One third of voters could still switch candidates before election

One in three people has yet to lock onto a choice in the Nov. 2 congressional elections, according to an Associated Press-GfK Poll. Yet in this year of the fed-up voter, even these folks offer little hope to Democrats. Despite record political spending and months of frenzied campaigning, one-third of likely voters remain steadfastly undecided […]

Health care ‘reform’ could undermine employee plans

Health care ‘reform’ could undermine employee plans

The new health care law wasn’t supposed to undercut employer plans that have provided most people in the U.S. with coverage for generations. But last week a leading manufacturer told workers their costs will jump partly because of the law. Also, a Democratic governor laid out a scheme for employers to get out of health […]

Leaked documents show Iraq is a weak, divided nation

Leaked documents show Iraq is a weak, divided nation

The enormous cache of secret war logs disclosed by the WikiLeaks website paints a picture of an Iraq burdened by persistent sectarian tension and meddling neighbors, suggesting that the country could drift into chaos once U.S. forces leave. The reports, covering early 2004 to Jan. 1, 2010, help explain why Iraq’s struggle to create a […]

U.S. lied about number of Iraqi deaths

U.S. lied about number of Iraqi deaths

Military documents laid bare in the biggest leak of secret information in U.S. history suggest that far more Iraqis died than previously acknowledged during the years of sectarian bloodletting and criminal violence unleashed by the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The accounts of civilian deaths among nearly 400,000 purported Iraq war logs released Friday by the WikiLeaks […]

Americans split over Obama’s health care ‘reform’

Americans split over Obama’s health care ‘reform’

First it was President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul that divided the nation. Now it’s the Republican cry for repeal. An Associated Press-GfK poll found likely voters evenly split on whether the law should be scrapped or retooled to make even bigger changes in the way Americans get their health care. Tea party enthusiasm for […]

Democratic tale of woe continues with two weeks to go

Democratic tale of woe continues with two weeks to go

With just two weeks to go before voters decide who runs Congress the Democrats keep looking for a life raft in a sea of bad news, disastrous polls, shrinking fundraising and growing anger from voters. The weekend wasn’t kind to the party of the jackass. Political prognosticators increasingly predict the Democrats will lose control of […]

Congress more productive than realized

Congress more productive than realized

The public panned it. Republicans obstructed it. Many Democrats fled from it. Even so, the session of Congress now drawing to a close was the most productive in nearly half a century. Not since the explosive years of the civil rights movement and the hard-fought debut of government-supported health care for the elderly and poor […]

Former Obama supporters abandon Democrats, head for GOP

Former Obama supporters abandon Democrats, head for GOP

The coalition that catapulted Barack Obama into office in 2008 is gone, fed up with broken promises and unfulfilled dreams. Voters now appear willing to give Republicans another try along with tea party newcomers. A new Associated Press-Knowledge networks poll shows at least 25 percent of those who voted for Obama have defected to the […]

Report says U.S. military mistreating Afghan prisoners

Report says U.S. military mistreating Afghan prisoners

The US military is mistreating detainees — and violating its own rules — at a secret prison in Afghanistan, a US think tank said Friday in a report. The 16-page report by the Open Society Foundation said Afghans call the secret site “Tor Jail,” or “Black Jail,” and that consistent accounts from detainees refer to […]