Unfounded rumors, such as one that a besieged Qaddafi plans to destroy Libya's oil wells, drove oil prices above $100 a barrel Wednesday before closing at $98.10. It all means higher gasoline prices for consumers.
02/23/2011 06:18 pm
Obama's state-by-state Gallup job approval ratings are one way to gauge competitive hot spots in 2012 election. Of five likely battleground states, four now have GOP governors. Their performance could be crucial.
02/23/2011 04:03 pm
It seems Valentine's Day, when 10 percent of all marriage proposals take place, is one of the few constants in the institution of marriage. Fifty years ago, marriage was between a man and a woman barely into their twenties, of the same race and social class, till death did them part. But marriage today is wildly different. In increasing numbers, Americans no longer feel the need to marry to have sex, have a baby, or even to have financial stability. In short, Americans are redefining what marriage is and why they marry. Here are seven marriage trends in the US.
02/14/2011 02:03 pm
Reports suggest that President Obama's federal budget, to be released next week, will propose cutting in half the budget for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. It's one of many popular programs on the chopping block.
02/10/2011 06:19 pm
Republican freshman – tea partyers and others – keep breaking ranks, leading to shocking legislative defeats. Now, 87 representatives and 11 senators have written to Speaker of the House John Boehner to insist on $100 billion in budget cuts.
02/10/2011 04:43 pm
Extended unemployment benefits – after the first 26 weeks – are paid by Uncle Sam, but only if states pass legislation allowing it. So far, 37 states and D.C. are on board, four have unemployment levels too low to qualify, and nine just haven't taken action.
02/07/2011 05:58 pm
The Senate rejected a bid to repeal Obama's health-care law on a party-line vote Wednesday. The GOP is ratcheting up pressure on potentially vulnerable Senate Democrats in 2012.
02/02/2011 08:28 pm
Wyoming lawmakers propose installing video cameras to help evaluate teachers' performance. But educators are concerned about privacy issues, among other things.
01/24/2011 05:40 pm
Just this week, state officials in New Jersey, Florida, and Idaho have called for the elimination of teacher tenure, and more states plan to join the debate.
01/14/2011 06:07 pm
The Republican National Committee votes Friday on the chairmanship. As this term of Michael Steele draws to a close, the Republican Party is $20 million in debt.
01/14/2011 12:26 pm