Rick E. Rockwell is part of a hard-luck group — those who have been out of work for so long that they are depending on a second emergency extension of unemployment insurance.
By vying for a Senate seat, Caroline Kennedy is embarking on a test of the power of her politically royal name.
President Bush, who vowed to spread the dream of homeownership, is leaving office amid a downturn rooted in the housing sector he so ardently championed.
On Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, death-row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal filed his appeal to the US Supreme Court, asking it to consider his case for a new guilt-phase trial. One month before, the Philadelphia DA filed its separate appeal to the court asking to have Abu-Jamal executed without a new sentencing-phase trial. Both are appealing the March 27, 2008 rulings by the US Third Circuit Court.
President George W. Bush on Saturday said offering government loans to U.S. automakers was the only option left to prevent the industry from collapsing after alternatives were ruled out or failed.
Bush on Friday announced the government would provide $17.4 billion in emergency loans to financially strapped General Motors and Chrysler LLC to prevent them from failing. Ford decided it did not immediately need similar loans.
The auto bailout will give President-elect Barack Obama a tool to prod the industry to change, but it will also test his resolve as he pushes it in new directions.