Politics

12
Dec
George W. Bush sends Alabama kicker encouraging letter after loss to Auburn

Alabama kicker Cade Foster has received a lot of hate since missing three field goal attempts in his team’s stunning loss to Auburn, but he has at least one fan: former President George W. Bush. The 43rd president reportedly sent Foster a personalized letter encouraging him to press on through life’s challenges. “Dear Cade (#43), life has its setbacks. I know! However, you will be a stronger human with time. I wish you all the best.... [read news]

11
Dec
'Ridiculous': Boehner blasts conservative groups over budget complaints

House Speaker John Boehner stepped into the ring with the conservative flank Wednesday, calling their complaints about the newly unveiled budget plan "ridiculous."  The speaker was reacting to groups like FreedomWorks which have blasted the budget "deal" as a farce that jacks up spending in the short-term in exchange for promises of additional cuts years from now.  Boehner, trying to keep the complaints at bay long enough to win support... [read news]

10
Dec
Seattle facing rift between police and politicians over jump in crime, open pot smoking

Whether it’s commercial airplanes, coffee or computers, Seattle has long been a city known for being ahead of the curve. But now, a range of issues – including a jump in serious downtown crime and open pot smoking – are threatening to open a rift between police and politicians that could damage the city’s image. “We were getting more and more comments from people who are working downtown, owning a business, living downtown or... [read news]

09
Dec
Tech companies call for new curbs on surveillance

Eight of the nation's largest technology companies have called on President Obama and Congress to impose new curbs on surveillance after a series of revelations detailing how the National Security Agency (NSA) accessed and collected user data from their customers.  The eight companies -- Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo, AOL and Twitter -- called on the United States to lead a worldwide effort to restrict online spying... [read news]

09
Dec

Payments to doctors, the price of milk, long-term jobless benefits and more are all on the line this week as lawmakers scramble to beat several end-of-year deadlines -- and all by Friday.  Though Dec. 31 is still a few weeks away, congressional sources say the House plans to adjourn at the end of this week. With the Senate returning from its latest recess on Monday, that leaves just five days when both chambers are in session.  The... [read news]

06
Dec
Military watchdog to re-open probe of $34M facility built in Afghanistan but never used

The independent auditor who postponed a probe into a $34 million "white elephant" of a military facility the Pentagon built in Afghanistan over objections from top leaders is reopening his investigation. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko delayed his initial probe last summer, after the Pentagon vowed to investigate why millions were apparently wasted on the hulking headquarters at Camp Leatherneck in... [read news]

05
Dec
San Francisco mulls ban on releasing butterflies at events

San Francisco has made headlines for the numerous things it has banned recently, from toys in fast-food meals to cats being de-clawed. Now, the city is setting its sights on another common practice: the release of butterflies at weddings and other special events. The San Francisco Commission on the Environment, which supports a ban on the release of commercially bred butterflies, unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night that orders... [read news]

04
Dec
Mysterious China-themed 'city' proposed in New York’s Catskills

U.S. immigration officials are considering a proposal from Chinese investors to create a multibillion-dollar development in New York’s Catskills called "China City" -- raising concerns among critics about the potential cost to U.S. taxpayers and, according to one analyst, the possibility it could be a "stalking horse" for the Beijing government. A spokesman from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services told FoxNews.com that the... [read news]

03
Dec
White House launching new ObamaCare push, as GOP sees 2014 opening

His party's political fortunes and his own legacy on the line, President Obama is launching a campaign on Tuesday to once again sell the benefits of ObamaCare to the public, and try to head off a backlash in 2014.  Republicans already are threatening to tar the Democratic Party with the health care law's troubled rollout. Obama, meanwhile, is in danger of becoming what Nancy Pelosi was in 2010 -- a party leader whom endangered Democrats... [read news]

02
Dec
Joe Biden to visit Japan, China as air zone dispute smolders

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will visit Japan and China this week as a dispute seethes over Beijing's recent claim of a large swath of airspace in the region. The Chinese declaration less than two weeks ago has prompted a war of words between governments and flights through the contested air zone by military planes from the United States, China, Japan and South Korea. The uneasy situation in the skies over the East China Sea has raised... [read news]


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