PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We might have to run her for something someday. That was terrific. Thank you, Stephanie (ph). I want to also introduce Yvonne (ph) Thomas (ph), who’s Stephanie’s (ph) proud mother. And we appreciate everything that you’ve done. And Stephanie’s (ph) father, Albert, is aroun…
Barack Obama, facing perhaps the trickiest political issue of his young presidency, is trying to appease his liberal base without losing control of a potentially volatile inquiry into George W. Bush administration’s use of harsh interrogation tactics against terrorism suspects.
One step to the left or right could land him in political trouble.
Iraq’s government has recorded 87,215 of its citizens killed since 2005 in violence ranging from catastrophic bombings to execution-style slayings, according to government statistics obtained by The Associated Press that break open one of the most closely guarded secrets of the war.
Combined with tallies based on hospital sources and media reports since the beginning of the war and an in-depth review of available evidence by The Associated Press, the figures show that more than 110,600 Iraqis have died in violence since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
Thirty years ago then-president Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the White House roof to heat water for the staff eating area. He said it demonstrated the nation’s move toward "true energy security and abundant, readily available energy supplies."
The question was raised last week, starting with a report from the Department of Homeland Security that warned of a recession-fueled growth in right-wing extremist groups that might be inclined to take violent action against the government. Conservative bloggers and commentators protested loudly, and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was forced to issue a statement saying her department doesn’t monitor ideology or political beliefs.
FactCheck.Org, the self-proclaimed purveyor of truth on the Internet, has a checkered history of getting things wrong and often has to correct its own mistakes in reports about the purported false claims of others.
A random check of stories published by FactCheck.Org since Jan. 1, 2008 found at least 11 articles where the organization was forced to correct its own errors and admit it either reached a false conclusion or simply got it wrong.
Just one day after claiming Capitol Hill Blue is a web site with a history of retracting stories and apologizing to readers, FactCheck.Org retracted one of its own stories and apologized to its readers — the latest in a series of errors and corrections that come at a rate higher than Blue or other web sites that FactCheck judges by its own harsh and hypocritical standard.
One of the defining characteristics of Americans has always been their willingness to pack up and move in search of better places and better times. The recession has radically changed that.
Last year, 11.9 percent of the population, 35.2 million people, moved, down from 13.2 percent, or 38.7 million, the year before. That was the sharpest drop in mobility since the dot-com bust of 2000 and the lowest percentage in 60 years, since the Census bureau began measuring it in 1948.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a Republican former congressman from Illinois, has become President Obama’s go-to guy when it comes to dealing with the opposition on Capitol Hill. But LaHood is the first to admit that winning Republicans over to the president’s side is a hard slog.