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McChrystal absent from Afghan briefing

McChrystal absent from Afghan briefing

An Afghanistan strategy session is under way at the White House as scheduled without word from President Barack Obama about the fate of war commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who is…

Gates: McChrystal messed up big-time

Gates: McChrystal messed up big-time

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the top U.S. general in Afghanistan made “a significant mistake” and used poor judgment in remarks to a magazine reporter. Gates says Gen. Stanley McChrystal…

Obama tries to refocus on jobs, economy

Obama tries to refocus on jobs, economy

President Barack Obama launched a push on Friday ahead of congressional elections to refocus on economic recovery efforts that have been overshadowed by the BP Plc oil spill in the…

GOP leaders force Barton to retract ‘shakedown’ claims

GOP leaders force Barton to retract ‘shakedown’ claims

Who’s sorry now? Rep. Joe Barton, that’s who. The Texas Republican, the House’s top recipient of oil industry campaign contributions since 1990, apologized Thursday for apologizing to the chief of…

Obama talks tough but can he deliver?

Obama talks tough but can he deliver?

Fresh from admonishing BP before the world, President Barack Obama now gets his moment with the oil company’s leaders. It will be on his turf and, he vowed to an…

Obama off to Gulf for another photo op

Obama off to Gulf for another photo op

President Barack Obama is going back to the Gulf of Mexico, this time venturing on to new ground tainted by oil, before he speaks to the nation about what he’s…

Helen Thomas in firestorm for remarks about Israel

Helen Thomas in firestorm for remarks about Israel

Legendary journalist Helen Thomas dared speak out about Israel last week and she’s paying for it. Nine Speakers Inc., which represented Thomas on the lucrative public speaking circuit, announced Sunday…

McCain in fight for his political life

McCain in fight for his political life

A serious re-election fight wasn’t what Republican John McCain expected when he returned to the Senate after losing the presidency. But the four-term senator is battling for his political life…

The Obama White House: ‘Let’s make a deal’

The Obama White House: ‘Let’s make a deal’

The White House faced fresh questions over back-room dealmaking after a Colorado Democrat acknowledged he had been encouraged by one of President Barack Obama’s top advisers to apply for an…

Obama flees thunderstorm on Memorial Day

Obama flees thunderstorm on Memorial Day

President Barack Obama, already under fire for skipping the traditional Memorial Day wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery, fled from a thunderstorm at Lincoln National Cemetery south of Chicago and hid…