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President Obama plans to send another 4,000 troops to Afghanistan along with hundreds of civilian specialists in an effort to confront what he considers "the central challenge facing [that] country," senior administration officials said Thursday.
Former Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has no illusions about the 2008 White House race.
Some of Sarah Palin's former campaign aides are frustrated with the Alaska governor for remarking in a lengthy, freewheeling speech that she had refused to pray with them before last October's vice presidential debate.
Rep. Michele Bachmann has introduced a bill that would prohibit the president from signing on to a global currency, despite congressional testimony from Obama administration officials that they would reject any proposal to replace the dollar.
Half a year after the government seized Freddie Mac, confusion about its role is stoking tensions between the company and its regulator, including a dispute this month over how much the mortgage giant should reveal to private investors about its financial troubles.
A special U.S. congressional election in Upstate New York may provide an early referendum on a politician who’s not on the ballot: President Barack Obama.
Who would have believed, Barack Obama mused on television the other day, “that the least of my problems would be Iraq?” He should hold on to that thought. Iraq’s problems are far from over. But the fact is that a counter-insurgency campaign that looked almost completely unwinnable less than two years ago is now going well enough for America to begin to withdraw without leaving chaos behind. Now, as the president jets off for a series of meetings with America’s allies in Europe, it is Afghanistan that is starting to look unwinnable—and the Europeans, especially those in NATO (see article), want to know if he will fight on.
President Obama continued collecting money for his 2010 Senate re-election campaign even after he resigned his seat from Illinois, including a maximum $2,300 donation the day after Christmas from a top executive of a Wall Street firm that had received a government bailout.
In the wake of a recession, months of falling stock markets and a marathon campaign that endlessly taxed donors, political party committees find themselves racked by declining revenue and mounting debt
The Philip Morris Company did not like to talk about what went on inside its lab in Cologne, Germany, where researchers secretly conducted experiments exploring the effects of cigarette smoking.
There's an old joke in South Carolina: Confederate President Jefferson Davis may have surrendered at the Burt-Stark mansion in Abbeville, S.C., in 1865, but the people of state Rep. Michael Pitts's district never did.
One of the main proposals in the regulatory reforms outlined by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner yesterday would give the Treasury, FDIC and the Fed authority to take control when investment banks or other financial institutions (hedge funds, etc.) appear troubled, just as the FDIC presently does with deposit-taking banks.
I came to Afghanistan skeptical of American efforts to transform this country. Afghanistan is one of the poorest, least-educated and most-corrupt nations on earth. It is an infinitely complex and fractured society. It has powerful enemies in Pakistan, Iran and the drug networks working hard to foment chaos. The ground is littered with the ruins of great powers that tried to change this place.
Maybe we should go back to standing in line. The White House's Internet distribution of free tickets to its South Lawn Easter Egg Roll appears to have begun with a splat.
Chicago's rivals for the 2016 Summer Games distinguished themselves from the Windy City during sales pitches Thursday by trumpeting the full government guarantees behind their bids, something Chicago is not able to bring to the table.
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The United States needs to improve its level of intelligence support for military operations in Afghanistan, the president's chief intelligence adviser said Thursday.
London police said Thursday they are planning one of the largest and most complex operations in their history as the city gears up to host the G-20 summit next week.
Connie and Donald McCracken were watching CNN one evening last week when they learned of the tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson from a head injury. Immediately, their minds turned to their 7-year-old daughter, Morgan, who was upstairs getting ready for bed
As more Americans lose their jobs, the U.S. government is actively discouraging the recruitment of foreign workers, from dude ranchers and fruit pickers to lifeguards and computer programmers.At least three avenues of legal immigration have seen roadblocks erected. In the most visible and controversial move, companies receiving federal bailout money now face extra hurdles before they can hire highly skilled guest workers on an H-1B visa.
With their prospects in Congress sinking along with the economy, liberal advocates of giving undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship are launching a risky strategy to push lawmakers and the White House to take up their cause.
Many come to the centre for homeless families in the Bronx with everything they own—a toddler in one hand, a suitcase in the other. New York is seeing a rising number of homeless families because of the recession.
You may be gasping for that freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee, but waiting five minutes before drinking it could save your life.
A couple of months ago, an obscure New Orleans tax assessor was ticketed for allegedly using flashing blue police lights illegally mounted on his car to weave his way through a traffic jam.
In an evenly split vote, the State Board of Education on Thursday upheld teaching evolution as accepted mainstream science.
Federal government researchers yesterday filled in a blank spot on the map of life's hazards - the part occupied by Spot, Fifi, the chew toy and the water bowl.
As the ice melts on New England lakes and summer camps shake off their winter coats, another sound can be heard along with the usual hammering, scraping, and sawing: families discussing, sometimes painfully, whether they can afford to send their children to camp this year – and camp directors asking themselves whether they will fill those lakeside bunks.
The 3.3 million students who are projected to graduate from high school this year are bracing themselves for what has become the most confusing college admissions cycle in history.
As incense smoke danced in the sunlight streaming through the stained-glass windows, Anthonia Nwoga knelt in the hushed chapel for the long-awaited moment. It took but a few seconds. Off came the white veil she had worn for the last year. On went a black one that she may keep for life.
As poverty and home foreclosures soar, illegal apartments like the basement unit where the Frawi family lived are a growing concern, from small towns to densely populated immigrant enclaves in Boston, Chelsea, and Lynn. The day of the Quincy fire, inspectors in Milford and Chelsea quietly shut down two hazardous apartments: One was packed with people. Another was heated with a toaster oven.
After agreeing to bury their differences and unite forces, Taliban leaders based in Pakistan have closed ranks with their Afghan comrades to ready a new offensive in Afghanistan as the United States prepares to send 17,000 more troops there this year.
The Obama administration is planning billions in new assistance to Pakistan, yet the record of previous U.S. military and development aid to the strife-torn Muslim country has been marred by a lack of accountability and transparency, according to government reports.
In addition to the IDF's Anthrax vaccine trial, codenamed Omer 2, which has been severely criticized by the Israel Medical Association, the army's Medical Corps has carried out at least 22 other medical trials since 2005 involving soldier volunteers
After fierce resistance from the gun lobby and its allies in Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder has dialed back talk about reimposing a federal assault weapons ban to help curb the spiraling violence in Mexico.
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President Obama has now added tax reform to his to-do list. The administration said this week it will form a task force to propose ways to simplify the tax code, reduce evasion, close loopholes and make changes in corporate breaks.
Swiss bankers see sinister motives behind the mounting international pressure on the country to loosen its strict bank-secrecy laws. The bankers said the United States and Britain – backed by France, Germany and other Group of 20 powers – are waging an "economic war" to force the staunchly neutral nation to bring its tax disclosure norms for offshore accounts into conformity with global transparency standards.
And Tamara AudiCity Center, the $8.6 billion Las Vegas development owned by MGM Mirage and DubaiWorld, is preparing for a potential bankruptcy filing that could bring the massive project to a halt, according to people familiar with the situation.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, is using its heft to offer lower-cost prescription drugs and stepping up competition with pharmacies at CVS Caremark Corp. and Walgreen Co.
The Treasury has tried to revamp its $700 billion financial-rescue program, promising "a new era of accountability, transparency and conditions." But the Treasury isn't answering a key question: How much is left in the rescue fund?
The Internal Revenue Service, under pressure to bring in money to the faltering economy, plans to give offshore tax evaders a big break.
Facing pressure to keep jobs at home, leaders around the world have edged closer to protectionism, which could eventually choke global trade and prolong the recession, the head of the World Trade Organization warned yesterday.
Facebook, the fast-growing social-networking Web site, is one of the many companies looking for additional financing as banks and other lenders become increasingly careful about extending credit.