SHA JOY, Afghanistan -- As winter approaches, Bibiasha travels the same route as Taliban insurgents heading to Kandahar to fight coalition soldiers. She sees the insurgents passing through the villages late at night.
"Yes, I see them often," said the grandmother from her weather-worn, patched tent. She is a Kuchie tribeswoman, part of a nomadic group of people, similar to Gypsies, whose migratory patterns have been greatly disrupted by years of conflict. Read More
Marshall at McClymonds, 7 p.m.Marshall’s early-season struggles figure to continue against the 3-0 Warriors, who beat perennial power Pittsburg already this season and routed McKinleyville 60-0 last week. Marshall lost its first two games to significantly weaker opponents by a combined 51 points. Read More
By Julie Mason Examiner White House Correspondent
Warning that "more blood will be shed" in the Middle East, President Obama exhorted world leaders to overcome skepticism and support his efforts toward peace.
"I recognize many are pessimistic about this process," Obama told the U.N. General Assembly. "The cynics say that Israelis and Palestinians are too distrustful of each other, and too divided internally, to forge lasting peace." Read More
Weeks away from an election that offers the GOP the real prospects of regaining the majority in Congress, House Republicans have written an agenda calling for tax cuts, a reduction in government spending and a repeal of the new health care law, among other initiatives they say would help jump-start the economy.
Republicans have named their agenda "A Pledge To America," a title reminiscent of the "Contract With America" drafted by the GOP before it won control of Congress in 1994. Read More
Republicans and two Democrats on Tuesday blocked a defense bill in the Senate that would have paved the way for the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gay service members. Read More
In Washington I'm often asked how many seats Republicans will pick up in the House and whether they'll win a majority in the Senate. But I'm seldom asked anything about the 37 races for governor that will be decided next month (except for Georgia, which will have a runoff if no candidate tops 50 percent). Yet governorships can be just as important in politics and public policy as seats in Congress. Read More
Unable to campaign on health care reform or economic improvement, the White House is relying on a fall-back midterm strategy of empathy, modest gains and frequent reminders that the other party is worse.
The modified campaign message is clearly frustrating for President Obama, who increasingly bristles at criticism that his policies haven't worked and this week admonished Democrats to get realistic about the election stakes. Read More
Senate Democrats Monday were scrambling to come up with enough votes to block a GOP filibuster of a bill that would repeal the policy prohibiting gays from serving openly in the military. Read More
SHA JOY, Afghanistan
The bazaar resembled a ghost town. The usual hustle and bustle of people was gone, save for a few young boys riding colorfully hand-painted bicycles. It was election day in this Afghan town, and the residents were afraid. Read More
Need a plumber to fix a sink at your rental property? Get ready to deal with the Internal Revenue Service.
A small-business bill poised to become law includes new tax reporting requirements for rental property owners and a second provision calling for steep increases in fines for any person or business who fails to furnish correct information to the IRS, such as 1099 forms for services and purchases. Read More