The remains of the four Americans killed at the hands of Somali pirates began their final journey home Tuesday evening on the USS Enterprise from the Gulf of Aden, military officials said.
Also aboard the massive aircraft carrier were the pirates who military officials say took their lives. Read More
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, still weighing the possibility of a presidential bid, said today that he "salutes" Democrats who fled Indiana to prevent a vote on a controversial labor bill. A Daniels aide says the governor's words did not accurately reflect what Daniels meant to say. Read More
As late as Sunday night, activists in Libya's capital of Tripoli thought they were poised to chase aging strongman Moammar Gadhafi from the country much as Egyptians had routed Hosni Mubarak, and with only slightly more bloodshed.
Abu Sulaimane, an activist who was witnessing the events, told The Washington Examiner in a phone interview, "We are happy now. The army is not in control. The people are standing up for what they believe." Read More
"They've painted themselves in a corner," Wisconsin Republican state senator Randy Hopper says of his Democratic colleagues. "There's no way for them to get out of it."
Democratic senators last week fled Wisconsin rather than allow a vote on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's new budget bill, with its curtailments of some public-sector unions' right to bargain collectively. The bill surely would have passed given the Republicans' 19 to 14 advantage in the Senate. So Democrats, deeply dependent on union money and support, ran away to avoid a vote. Read More
President Obama has dipped his toe in a pool of contentious policies -- tax breaks, a health care overhaul, allowing gays in the military and, most recently, entitlement reform -- opting to quietly cobble together coalitions instead of issuing decrees. Read More
The tension between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party insurgents erupted on the House floor for the first time Wednesday when 110 GOP representatives -- mostly freshmen and some longtime conservative gadflies -- broke from their leadership and most of their caucus in order to kill a defense contract. Read More
One way to judge the merits of the budget Barack Obama unveiled this week is by the comments of his political allies. "It's not enough to focus primarily on the non-security discretionary part of the budget," said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad. Read More
President Obama insisted Tuesday that he did not duck the tough choices in his budget proposal for 2012, which was widely panned for doing too little to reduce the federal deficit and nothing to address budget-busting problems with entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security.
"Nobody is more mindful than me that entitlements are going to be a key part of this issue," Obama said during his first press conference of the year, just a day after submitting his $3.7 trillion proposal to Congress. Read More
HONOLULU - In Hawaii, there are 25 members of the state Senate. Twenty-four are Democrats. And then there is Sam Slom.
Slom, the lone Senate Republican in the state of President Obama's birth, has represented East Honolulu since 1996. He hasn't always been the only GOP senator; in the last session, there were two. Read More
President Obama on Monday sent Congress a $3.7 trillion budget reliant on a host of cuts to programs championed by his liberal base, a shift in funding that would be used to pay off historically high government investments in education, public transportation and energy.
However, the president's professed "down payment" on the towering national debt did little to appease deficit hawks, who said Obama was sidestepping his obligation to tackle soaring entitlement costs. Read More