Presidential hopeful Barack Obama on Tuesday told high school students that when he was their age he was hardly a model student, experimenting with illegal drugs and drinking alcohol.
Obama stopped by a study hall at Manchester Central High School and answered students’ questions about the war in Iraq and his education plan. But when an adult asked about his time as a student, Obama spoke bluntly.
“I will confess to you that I was kind of a goof-off in high school as my mom reminded me,” said Obama, an Illinois Democrat who grew up in Hawaii
The US Supreme Court Tuesday agreed for the first time in 70 years to review the right to own guns, as it considers whether the city of Washington can ban private handguns, a court spokeswoman told AFP.
The high court agreed to review an appeal by the city insisting its three-decade ban on handguns is constitutional, said court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg.
Arguments are expected between February and April with a ruling at the end of June, just a few months before the November 2008 presidential election.
Julie Murray says life is good. Yet gasoline prices are crimping her grocery budget, she can’t afford a larger house, and she says President Bush is not focused enough on people’s problems at home.
“My husband and I are happy,” said Murray, 46, a homemaker from Montpelier, Miss. “We just wish we could buy more into the American dream.”
Baghdad is returning to something like a semblance of normalcy, at least as “normal” is measured in the Iraqi capital, according to major U.S. news organizations.
The New York Times reports that days now go by without car bombs. The number of bodies found on Baghdad streets has fallen to about five a day, down from about 35 eight months ago. And suicide bombings have fallen by half nationwide.
To celebrate the official start of the holiday season, here’s a gift for all Americans who will be participating in the presidential debates of Campaign 2008, either as designated askers or answerers.
It is a gift that needs to be opened early, before it is too late: “The Official Handbook for Smarties on How to Avoid Messing Up in Presidential Campaign Debates.”
One of the most curious aspects of the race for the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations is that the respective front-runners hold views on the most crucial political and moral questions that one would think would make them unacceptable to the base of their parties.
Rudolph Giuliani does not merely support legalized abortion, he has taken the view that poor women have a constitutional right to have abortions paid for by the government. This is a far more radical position than even the most liberal members of the Supreme Court have ever advocated.
Though they believe the military situation in Iraq has begun to stabilize, Democratic congressmen with strong defense credentials continue to say U.S. involvement needs to end because of the cost, the toll it’s taking on the Army and the Iraqi government’s political failures.
Reps. Adam Smith and Norm Dicks, both Washington state Democrats, said in interviews last week that Congress needs to keep pressuring President Bush to change his Iraq policy. They said the administration’s single-minded attention on Iraq is allowing an al Qaeda resurgence in Afghanistan and Pakistan.