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Stevens retirement sets up new political battle

Stevens retirement sets up new political battle

The capital on Saturday faced another tough political battle after venerable Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement from the bench. President Barack Obama vowed to quickly name a replacement for Stevens, the court’s liberal standard-bearer, and said he would select an advocate for “ordinary” Americans, in comments which put his conservative foes […]

Both parties bank on long-shots for mid-terms

Both parties bank on long-shots for mid-terms

Even Republicans were looking at New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, as a lock this fall to succeed retiring Gov. David Paterson and claim the seat long held by his famous father, Mario Cuomo. Once Republican Scott Brown showed that Democrats in Massachusetts couldn’t hold the late Edward M. Kennedy’s Senate seat, however, […]

Obama pushes tax breaks

Obama pushes tax breaks

Just ahead of Tax Day, President Barack Obama is urging Americans to take advantage of tax credits for first-time homebuyers, college students and others. Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to promote some of the tax benefits in last year’s stimulus bill, saying they could save people hundreds or even thousands of […]

Threats continue to escalate against members of Congress

Threats continue to escalate against members of Congress

As public anger over hot-button issues like health care reaches a boiling point, threats against lawmakers continue to rise, prompting some to cancel public appearances and others to take extra measures for security. Threats increased nearly 300 percent over the first three months of 2010 when compared to 2009 and most come from those opposed […]

Democrat image sinks to record low

Democrat image sinks to record low

The American public now views the Democratic Party as the problem, not the solution, and the image of the party of the donkey has fallen to a new low. A USA Today/Gallup poll released Wednesday says the image of the Democratic Party fell to 41 percent in late March, the lowest rating for Democrats since […]

Obama, Medvedev sign new nuke treaty

Obama, Medvedev sign new nuke treaty

Reaching anew for peace, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday signed a treaty to shrink their nations’ nuclear arsenals, the biggest such pact between the former Cold War foes in a generation. Tenaciously negotiated by even the leaders themselves, the treaty commits their nations to slash the number of strategic nuclear […]

Harry Reid to voters: Please help me

Harry Reid to voters: Please help me

As he embarked on a campaign swing through his home state this week, Sen. Harry Reid didn’t have to look far to see that trouble is coming at him. A leather-clad biker at a pizza shop refused to shake his hand. A protester waved a sign, “Welcome to Harry Reid’s throw Nevada under the bus […]

Obama looks to tone down ‘terrorist’ rhetoric

Obama looks to tone down ‘terrorist’ rhetoric

President Barack Obama’s advisers plan to remove terms such as “Islamic radicalism” from a document outlining national security strategy and will use the new version to emphasize that the U.S. does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terrorism, counterterrorism officials say. The change would be a significant shift in the National Security Strategy, […]

Top RNC aide resigns but Steele survives for now

Top RNC aide resigns but Steele survives for now

The controversy over Republican National Committee spending has led to the resignation of its chief of staff, but party Chairman Michael Steele remains insistent that he isn’t going anywhere. The resignation of RNC chief of staff Ken McKay on Monday made him the highest-profile official to depart the central committee after the revelation that the […]

Obama unveils restrictive nuclear weapon use policy

Obama unveils restrictive nuclear weapon use policy

The Obama administration is unveiling a new nuclear weapons policy that seeks to narrow the circumstances under which the United States would use such weapons while preserving long-standing assurances of nuclear protection for allies, U.S. officials said. It is a delicate balance that the administration will describe in a policy document, called a nuclear posture […]