A federal appeals court in San Francisco has upheld a $78,000 verdict against an Arizona rancher in a case presided over by a federal judge who was killed in a mass shooting in Tucson in January.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury’s conclusion that rancher Roger Barnett must pay $78,000 in damages to four female undocumented immigrants who claimed he assaulted them and caused severe emotional distress when he allegedly threatened them with a gun. Read More
With the crisis in Egypt still dominating the news, President Obama on Thursday tried changing the subject -- but his message on innovation had trouble breaking through.
"Innovation is what this country is all about," Obama told an audience at Penn State University. "That's what we do."
But for Obama, the "Sputnik moment" he declared in his recent State of the Union address appears to have passed, taking with it the momentum he hoped to ride to a renewed focus on the economy. Read More
In the minds of most political journalists, it seems there is no greater virtue than "moderation" or pragmatism. In the past year, the media's two great exemplars of practical-minded centrism have been Democrat Sen. Read More
There's nothing more valuable for a Republican presidential candidate than a link to the legacy of Ronald Reagan. Do GOP primary voters see in a candidate some of the qualities they admire in the 40th president? Do they sense a similar style of leadership? A comparable resolve? Read More
With the 2008 election far behind and a new political pragmatism all the rage in Washington, two former rivals sat down privately at the White House Wednesday to hash out a few things.
President Obama and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, his 2008 Republican opponent, have in the past two years gone from persistent, bristling offense to -- not warmth, exactly. But no longer open hostility. Read More
Barack Obama, like all American politicians, likes to portray himself as future-oriented and open to technological progress. Yet the vision he set out in his State of the Union address is oddly antique and disturbingly static.
"This is our generation's Sputnik moment," he said. But Sputnik and America's supposedly less advanced rocket programs of 1957 were government projects, at a time when government defense spending, like the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb, drove technology. Read More
Concerned at the prospect for violent unrest, President Obama on Tuesday told embattled Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak that the turnover of power in his country must be peaceful -- and begin immediately.
"It is not the role of any other country to determine Egypt's leaders," Obama said at the White House. "What is clear and I what I indicated tonight to President Mubarak is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must begin now." Read More
Demonstrators and opposition leaders are not satisfied with President Hosni Mubarak's announcement that he would continue to remain in power until the September elections, then step aside.
On the heels of his speech, Egyptian opposition groups also rejected offers made by Mubarak for dialogue and would not discuss anything with the newly appointed government until he resigns. Read More
Little noted in the rapidly evolving news from Cairo was a potentially crucial event -- the decision of Egypt's top judges to march in unison with protesters in the city's Tahrir Square.
The joining of the judiciary branch to the uprising appeared to be a critical moment, said Barbara Ibrahim, the founding director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo. Read More
Last year the Pew Research Center Global Attitudes Project conducted a survey of opinion in several Muslim countries. The subject was the proper role of Islam in politics and society. One of the countries surveyed was Egypt, and among other discoveries, the Pew researchers found that 84 percent of Egyptians favor the death penalty for people who leave the Muslim religion. Read More