Jan 4, 2013 6:00am

Trillion Dollar Coins: The Ultimate Debt Ceiling End-Around?

With President Obama having kicked off debt ceiling negotiations by vowing not to negotiate over the debt ceiling, a new option for paying off the nation’s considerable tab is gaining momentum with cheeky fiscal and monetary wonks. It goes like this: Should Congress fail to… Read More »

Dec 25, 2012 1:54pm

Ben Affleck Won’t Be Running for Senate

Those hoping the United States Senate may get a little less gray and a bit more celebrity-studded won’t be getting their Christmas miracle today. Despite speculation, Ben Affleck announced late Monday he would not go after John Kerry’s Senate seat in his native Massachusetts if… Read More »

Dec 20, 2012 4:27pm

US Ambassador Shows Muscle in Holiday Card

U.S. Ambassador to Finland Bruce Oreck is offering Helskini “a different take on the elder statesman” for the holidays. Oreck posted a special edition of the embassy’s 2012 holiday card, featuring his bulging bicep, to his official Facebook account Tuesday and reportedly also mailed copies… Read More »

Dec 19, 2012 3:51pm

Four State Department Officials Relieved of Duties After Benghazi Report

Four State Department officials have been “relieved from their duties” after an internal investigation of the Benghazi consulate attack  found “systemic failures and leadership deficiencies at senior levels in securing the compound,” prior to and during the assault,  a State Department spokeswoman said. An Accountability… Read More »

Dec 19, 2012 1:17pm

Obama Photo With Spider-Man Shows Playful President

President Barack Obama was caught in a tangled imaginary web in the White House recently, when a mini Spider-Man cast one his way.   See All of Pete Souza’s White House Photos of President Obama A photo sweeping the internet today shows Obama feigning fright… Read More »

Dec 12, 2012 11:30am

U.S. Declares Syria Rebel Group Terrorists, Sending Message to Opposition

By Dana Hughes and Alex Marquardt The designation of the Syrian rebel group al-Nusrah Front as a terrorist organization at the same time the United States is formally recognizing Syria’s Opposition Coalition is not a coincidence. The Obama administration wants to send a clear a… Read More »

Dec 7, 2012 4:29pm

Nikki Haley Shoots Down Stephen Colbert for Senate

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley may have brought Stephen Colbert’s Senate candidacy to a halt with the click of a button. Rumors that the comedian was seeking the Senate spot left open by Sen. Jim DeMint’s departure circulated Thursday, after a Twitter account with the… Read More »

Dec 7, 2012 3:34pm

Day 1 of Legal Pot Marred by Deaths at Alleged Wash. Growing Center

The first day of legal marijuana use in Washington State was marred by an attempted robbery ending with two deaths at an alleged pot-growing facility just south of Seattle. The possession of pot became legal in the state Thursday after voters passed a measure decriminalizing… Read More »

Dec 6, 2012 1:42pm

Story Behind 2012 White House Holiday Card

Larassa Kabel never expected to be chosen when she submitted her painting to be considered for the White House holiday card this September. The Des Moines, Iowa, artist said “it was a very surreal moment,” when she got the call from the White House secretary’s… Read More »

Dec 5, 2012 5:09pm

Cory Booker Faces Challenges in First Days on Food Stamp Budget

Chickpeas and lettuce. No coffee. That’s what Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker had for breakfast on his second day living on the food budget of an average American receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. From Dec. 4 to Dec. 12, Booker has agreed… Read More »