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Jan Brewer changes tune on beheadings

Jan Brewer changes tune on beheadings

A claim by Arizona’s governor that rising violence along the U.S.-Mexico border has led to headless bodies turning up in the desert came back to haunt her during a stammering debate performance in which she failed to back it up. Gov. Jan Brewer, who gained national attention defending the state’s tough new immigration law and […]

White House: No second stimulus in future

White House: No second stimulus in future

The White House stressed on Thursday that no second economic stimulus package is being considered as part of new measures under review by President Barack Obama’s team. Obama said on Monday he and his advisers are discussing further tax cuts for businesses to help create jobs, as well as an extension of tax cuts for […]

Illegal immigration declines

Illegal immigration declines

The number of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. has dropped for the first time in two decades — decreasing by 8 percent since 2007, a new study finds. The reasons range from the sour economy to Mexican violence and increased U.S. enforcement that has made it harder to sneak across the border. Much of […]

Tea Party becomes face of the new GOP

Tea Party becomes face of the new GOP

Is the tea party the new Republican Party? The grass-roots network of fed-up conservative-libertarian voters displayed its power in its biggest triumph of the election year: the toppling of Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska’s GOP primary. Political novice Joe Miller is the fifth tea party insurgent to win a GOP Senate nominating contest, an upset […]

Obama on Iraq: ‘Time to turn the page’

Obama on Iraq: ‘Time to turn the page’

Claiming no victory, President Barack Obama formally ended the U.S. combat role in Iraq after seven long years of bloodshed, declaring firmly Tuesday night: “It’s time to turn the page.” Now, he said, the nation’s most urgent priority is fixing its own sickly economy. From the Oval Office, where George W. Bush first announced the […]

Facts on Iraq war don’t match Obama’s spin

Facts on Iraq war don’t match Obama’s spin

Despite President Barack Obama‘s declaration Tuesday of an end to the combat mission in Iraq, combat almost certainly lies ahead. And in asserting the U.S. has met its responsibilities in Iraq, the president opened the door wide to a debate about the meaning of success in the muddle that most — but not all — […]

Watch out! Jim Trafficant is back on the ballot!

Watch out! Jim Trafficant is back on the ballot!

An elections board  in Ohio says a former congressman who served time in federal prison has enough valid signatures to run again for a U.S. House seat. Director Tom McCabe says the Mahoning County board on Monday approved more than 30 disputed signatures to allow Jim Traficant (TRAF’-eh-kehnt) to make the November ballot in northeast […]

Obama set to formally end Iraq war

Obama set to formally end Iraq war

As President Barack Obama prepares to officially end the lengthy and divisive U.S. combat operation in Iraq, he’ll personally thank some of the soldiers who fought there for their service to a mission he forcefully opposed from the start. Many of those soldiers deployed from Fort Bliss, the sprawling Army base in El Paso, Texas, […]

Iraqis fear a future without U.S. troops

Iraqis fear a future without U.S. troops

As Vice President Joe Biden presides over the formal end to U.S. combat operations in Iraq, few Iraqis are cheering the American exit. Iraqis, who for years have railed against the U.S. occupation, are generally happy to see that the American presence won’t be endless. But there is also considerable trepidation about whether Iraq can […]

Obama on Muslim rumors: What? Me worry?

Obama on Muslim rumors: What? Me worry?

President Barack Obama said Sunday he isn’t worried about a recent poll showing that nearly one-fifth of Americans believe he is a Muslim. “The facts are the facts,” said Obama, who is a Christian. In an interview broadcast on “NBC Nightly News,” the president blamed the confusion over his religious beliefs on “a network of […]