iOS app Android app

Entries by Amanda Terkel from 05/2011

Mission Accomplished: Is It Finally Time To Leave Afghanistan?

Posted 05.02.2011 | World

This story has been updated. WASHINGTON -- Okay, can we finally withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan? That's the question many people are askin...

Five Biggest Recipients Of Corporate Tax Breaks Spent $8 Million In 2010 Elections (UPDATED)

Posted 05.03.2011 | Politics

This story has been updated. WASHINGTON -- The top five recipients of large federal corporate tax breaks in 2009 are also among the biggest spender...

LGBT Adoption Bill Introduced In The House

Posted 05.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As several states have moved to make it harder for same-sex families to adopt children or become foster parents, Rep. Pete Stark (D-Cali...

Cliff Stearns Shifts After Bin Laden's Death, Calls For Serious Reexamination Of Afghanistan War

Posted 05.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) wants the United States to seriously reevaluate its commitment in Afghanistan and work on bringing troops ho...

Ron Paul's Call For Afghanistan Withdrawal Draws Cheers At Fox News GOP Debate (VIDEO)

Posted 05.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the death of Osama bin Laden dominating the news cycle and captivating the public this week, the five Republican presidential hopef...

Dick Cheney Warns Against Afghanistan Withdrawal: Don't 'Run For The Exits' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned the Obama administration on Sunday not to hasten the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan...

John Kerry, Dick Lugar Argue Against Suspending Aid To Pakistan

Posted 05.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee defended aid to Pakistan on Sunday despite lingering questions about how much th...

Howard Dean's Democracy For America Group Launches First Afghanistan Withdrawal Campaign

Posted 05.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The grassroots progressive group Democracy for America (DFA) is launching its first Afghanistan withdrawal campaign on Monday. The move ...

Osama Bin Laden Death Skeptics Grow As Lynne Blankenbeker, New Hampshire State Rep, Voices Doubts

Posted 05.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- First there were truthers. Then there were birthers. Now come the "deathers." Like their refusing-to-believe brethren, a small minori...

Bob Corker: U.S. Military Leaders Frustrated With War In Afghanistan

Posted 05.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) believes that the discovery and killing of Osama bin Laden in Abottabad, Pakistan has provided the United Stat...

Iraq Withdrawal Date For U.S. Troops May Be Pushed Back Beyond 2011

Posted 05.11.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is evaluating whether to keep troops in Iraq beyond the planned withdrawal date, a decision that would extend a...

Republican Lawmakers Offer Disaster Victims Prayers, But Not Federal Aid

Posted 05.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers have been quick to rush to the assistance of disaster victims with that priceless commodity, prayer, but when it co...

DREAM Act Loses Republican Cosponsor Richard Lugar

Posted 05.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats reintroduced the DREAM Act on Wednesday without the co-sponsorship of Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), who had previously b...

DOMA Defense: Lawmakers Puzzled Where House GOP Is Getting The Money To Pay Paul Clement

Posted 05.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives has signed a contract to pay a law firm up to $500,000 (and possibly more) to defend the Defense of Marriag...

Chris Murphy: GOP Congressman Told Me He's Afraid To Openly Criticize Afghanistan War

Posted 05.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While criticism of the war in Afghanistan has slowly been building since Osama bin Laden's death in Pakistan, some Republicans are still...

Scott Walker Quietly Consolidating Power In Wisconsin

Posted 05.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican Gov. Scott Walker is steadily remaking the Wisconsin government, implementing conservative ideals and quietly consolidating p...

Newt Gingrich Glitter Prankster, Nick Espinosa, Eyes 2012: GOP Field Is 'Ripe' For More Stunts

Posted 05.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It hasn't been the best week for presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. But political activist Nick Espinosa, the man behind the prank th...

Paul Ryan To Skip Dan Kapanke Fundraiser Despite Invite's Promise

Posted 05.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats were planning a large protest at a Republican state senator's fundraiser on Thursday evening, but the event's big attraction, ...

Jon Huntsman Criticizes Heavy U.S. Presence In Afghanistan: It's Not 'How We Ought To Be Responding'

Posted 05.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jon Huntsman may be stepping into the shoes of Haley Barbour and Mike Huckabee, becoming a top-tier candidate skeptical of current U.S. ...

Mitch McConnell Avoids Endorsing Medicare Changes In Paul Ryan's Budget Plan (VIDEO)

Posted 05.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Although Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he will vote for Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) controversial budget plan, h...

Newt Gingrich Defends His Tiffany's Debt: 'It's A Normal Way Of Doing Business' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich defended the large debt he owed to the luxury jewelry store Tiffany & Co. in 2005 and 20...

Tennessee Anti-Gay Bill, Backed By State Chamber Of Commerce, Puts Big Business In A Tough Spot

Posted 05.23.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: Haslam signed the bill into law Monday evening. WASHINGTON -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) must decide by June 1 whether to sign legislat...

Kirsten Gillibrand To Push For An 'Aggressive Drawdown Of Combat Troops' From Afghanistan

Posted 05.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has emerged as one of the Senate's leading voices pressing for a withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, using...

Minimum Wage Emerging As Key Issue In Montana Senate Race Between Jon Tester, Denny Rehberg

Posted 05.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Both Democrats and Republicans will be trying to convince voters in the 2012 elections that their party is better for Americans' pocketb...

Al Franken To President Obama: Give Elizabeth Warren A Recess Appointment To Lead The CFPB

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) urged President Obama Wednesday to grant Elizabeth Warren a recess appointment to head the Consumer Financial ...