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Palin still a player in Alaska

Palin still a player in Alaska

As Sen. Lisa Murkowski watched the shocking election returns come into her election headquarters on primary night, she became painfully aware of two powerful forces in American politics in 2010: anti-government rage and Sarah Palin. The Republican senator trailed conservative lawyer Joe Miller by nearly 1,500 votes Wednesday, despite being heavily favored to defeat the […]

Beck rally draws criticism

Beck rally draws criticism

Glenn Beck’s rally on the anniversary and at the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech is drawing criticism, protests and questions about his intentions. Beck insists the event Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial is not about politics, even though Beck and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will attend. But […]

When children become their parent’s parent

When children become their parent’s parent

Three years ago, my then 83-year-old mother fell at home and fractured a vertebrae in her back. She didn’t tell anyone about the fall and told us she strained her back. Over the next several weeks, her “strained back” got worse. Six months after the fall, she couldn’t get out of bed. Over her protests, […]

Murkowski in jeopardy as incumbents win elsewhere

Murkowski in jeopardy as incumbents win elsewhere

Her re-election quest suddenly in jeopardy, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski struggled to avoid becoming the latest incumbent lawmaker to be fired. She fought against a political novice with the backing of Sarah Palin and tea party activists in a stunningly tight Republican primary race. With more than half of the precincts counted, little-known attorney Joe […]

American troops still in danger in Iraq

American troops still in danger in Iraq

Lt. Ryan Alexander stands thigh-deep in a dark grove of reeds and palm trees, hunting for rockets. Officially, the U.S. combat role in Iraq is ending this month, but Alexander and his platoon are under orders to keep insurgents from using the south Baghdad field as a hiding place for Katyushas. “We’re going to be […]

Obama’s ratings take another nosedive

Obama’s ratings take another nosedive

More Americans now disapprove of President Barack Obama than approve of him as high unemployment and government spending scare voters ahead of November’s midterm elections, Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Tuesday. In the latest grim news for Obama’s Democrats, 72 percent of people said they were very worried about joblessness and 67 percent were very concerned […]

GOP’s uneven record on the Constitution

GOP’s uneven record on the Constitution

Republican Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia won his seat in Congress campaigning as a strict defender of the Constitution. He carries a copy in his pocket and is particularly fond of invoking the Second Amendment right to bear arms. But it turns out there are parts of the document he doesn’t care for — lots […]

Mosque debate ignores facts

Mosque debate ignores facts

A New York imam and his proposed mosque near ground zero are being demonized by political candidates — mostly Republicans — despite the fact that Islam is already very much a part of the World Trade Center neighborhood. And that Muslims pray inside the Pentagon, too, less than 80 feet from where terrorists attacked. And […]

Dems scramble to avoid slaughter in midterms

Dems scramble to avoid slaughter in midterms

Under no illusions about their challenges this fall, Democrats are expressing optimism that the party’s financial might and voter turnout operations will help stem widespread losses. The GOP’s governing track record may help, too, they say. “There’s a lot of doom and gloom about it, but I think we’re going to do a lot better […]

Memo to Sarah: Your 15 minutes of fame are over

Memo to Sarah: Your 15 minutes of fame are over

It’s been a summer of setbacks for Sarah Palin. Candidate “cubs” endorsed by the Mama Grizzly in Chief have been suffering a recent string of primary election losses. The Republicans’ 2008 vice presidential nominee promised a pack of “mama grizzly” candidates would rise up and defeat Democrats in this November’s elections. But office-seekers she supported […]