Once California’s youngest governor, Jerry Brown reprises his role as the state's chief executive starting Monday, now as the oldest person elected to that office. Then, as now, Brown replaced a Hollywood actor-gone-governor – Ronald Reagan in 1975 and Arnold Schwarzenegger now – and the top issue was high unemployment amid a sagging economy. Here's a look at California and Brown then and now.
The Stuxnet cyberweapon damaged about one-tenth of the centrifuges at the Iran nuclear facility near Natanz, says a report by a watchdog group. Problems arose in late 2009 or early 2010, it notes.
Eli Manning and the Giants won their final game of the season Sunday against the Redskins, but it wasn't enough to make the playoffs. Still, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin got the owner's 'vote of confidence' and will be back to lead Eli Manning and his team in 2011.
House Republicans who ran on a pledge to undo health reform are promising a repeal vote soon. But could it ever pass the Senate or survive a veto? And would it anger voters?
Jerry Brown may be mellower and more experienced than when he first served as governor in 1975. Now he faces big challenges given California’s more diverse population and flagging economy.
While the tea party movement has focused on fiscal concerns, social issues remain key for other GOP lawmakers, who are unhappy that such issues seem to have less importance these days.
"Project Censored" criticizes print and broadcast media outlets for overlooking important issues in favor of "junk food news." The group blames political, economic, and legal pressure.
Baby boomers – those born 1946-1964 – represent the largest population growth in US history. What will they do in retirement, and what impact will that have on society and the economy?
Saturday’s Rose Bowl game, the 97th in its long history, boasts the only undefeated team, Texas Christian, that didn’t make it into this year’s Bowl Championship Series title game (Auburn versus Oregon on Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.). Third-ranked, 12-0 TCU, the Mountain West Conference champ, will make its first-ever appearance in Pasadena against 11-1 Wisconsin of the Big Ten. The Badgers are fourth-ranked in most polls. TCU's Horned Frogs haven’t played a more important game since 1939, when as the nation’s No. 1 team they defeated Carnegie Tech, 15-7, in the Sugar Bowl. This marks Wisconsin’s seventh trip to the Rose Bowl, but its first since 2000. In a statistical oddity, TCU and Wisconsin have both averaged 43.3 points per game, fourth best in the country. Coverage begins at 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. To prep for the game, try your hand at this 20-question Rose Bowl quiz.
Oprah Winfrey, whose successful syndicated show is in its last season, is launching her new cable TV network OWN to start the new year. The move is a risky one, media analysts say.
'Snooki' Polizzi or a big Times Square ball? Please. How about a fish, a rodent, or an enormous roll of lunch meat? When these cities party on New Year's Eve, they get creative.
Some parts of health care reform are already phasing in. Here nine key provisions that take effect Jan. 1.
Gen. David Petraeus replaced Gen. Stanley McChrystal as head of US forces in the Afghanistan war this year. One change he's made represents something of a gamble to some in the Pentagon.
Education reform will be on many state education agendas across the nation in 2011. The past year saw Republicans elected or appointed to top state education posts in many states. But a bipartisan group of veteran education leaders has also stepped up to call for more dramatic change in how schools operate. Here’s a sampling of state education leaders to watch:
After months of repairs, inspections, and more repairs, NASA technicians have a new crop of cracks on the fuel tank of the shuttle Discovery to keep them busy over New Year's weekend.
Even with the deep partisan divide, Obama and Congress worked together in the lame-duck session. But pressure on the president from the left and right will grow in the new year.
Billy the Kid killed two guards during an escape after he was first denied a pardon 130 years ago, Gov. Bill Richardson said, a leading factor in his decision not to pardon Billy the Kid Friday.
Much of the controversial Arizona immigration law remains tied up in court, but a law banning ethnic studies in Arizona is set to take effect Saturday. A Tucson school district vows to fight it.
In all, 45 states, the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico passed 31,005 new laws in 2010. Some of them will come into effect with the new year. Here is a sampling of some of the trends in lawmaking in 2010.
Just last week, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was in hot water over his apparent approval of the all-white Citizens Council in the 1960s. But Thursday the NAACP lauded him for suspending the life sentences of two black sisters.