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Confessions key to case against Marine muderers

Alleged confessions appear to form the crux of the government's case against seven Marines and a Navy corpsman charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes in an Iraqi man's slaying last April.

GOP candidates cribbed answers to AARP survey

The answers were so good, Republican candidates wanted to use them as their own. The embarrassment was at least seven did.

Hillary: America ready for a woman prez

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, standing outside an abandoned knitting mill that will become the new home of the National Women's Hall of Fame, said Thursday she hopes America is ready for its first woman president.

Sen Conrad Burns: Open mouth, insert foot

During a fundraiser Wednesday with first lady Laura Bush, the three-term Montana senator talked about terrorism, tax cuts and the money he has brought to his state. Burns is one of the more vulnerable Senate incumbents, facing a tough challenge from Democrat Jon Tester.

Marching from the past into tomorrow


It was August of 1966. Summer and my teen years were ending. From the Trailways bus station in Houston I telephoned my college-bound friend Steve with a request. Could he meet me at the Austin bus station and drop me off at a spot on the highway about 60 miles south of there? When he picked me up, I explained my intention was to join La Marcha.

Damn you, Henry Ford!


America chose the automobile over other forms of transportation long before 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act, legislation that authorized the construction of our national interstate highway system and represented a deep commitment to private transportation by means of the internal combustion engine. Without our 47,000 miles of four-lane, limited-access interstate highways, America would be a very different place.

Bush predicts victory in Iraq

President Bush on Thursday predicted victory in the war on terror at a time of increasing public anxiety at home, likening the struggle against Islamic fundamentalism with the fight against Nazis and communists.

Learning from our mistakes


We are where we are in Iraq, and it's not a comfortable place. We are where we are in Iraq because mistakes were made both in planning and executing the war. If we could do it all over again, what would we do differently?

BP isn’t only polluter to foul Alaska

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

British Petroleum caused barely a ripple in announcing late last week that a troubled compressor had forced it to cut oil production at Prudhoe Bay, already halved by a leaky pipeline, by almost half again. Nor has it been easy to find headlines about the alarming disclosures from various investigations into BP's record on maintaining equipment and following regulations.

Bad news, worse news


One of the perks of being president is being able to take credit, deserved or not, for good news. Of course, the opposite is also true, and adding to President Bush's run of bad news is a softening economy.