Misplaced priorities? Where your tax dollars go

As pundits and politicians dispute whether Pentagon spending changes announced by Defense Secretary Robert Gates this week amount to cuts, increases or neither, a new report says more than 37 cents of every taxpayer dollar went to military-related spending last year.

Voters tell lawmakers during break: 'Pass the budget'

WASHINGTON—House and Senate members returned to their home districts for their two-week spring break to face voter demands that they enact President Obama’s budget providing many billions for “green jobs,” health care, and education.

Glenn Beck and the rise of Fox News' militia media

After a night of drinking, followed by an early-morning argument with his mother, with whom he shared a Pittsburgh apartment, 22-year-old Richard Poplawski put on a bulletproof vest, grabbed his guns, including an AK-47 rifle, and waited for the police to respond to the domestic disturbance call his mother had placed. When two officers arrived at the front door, Poplawski shot them both in the head, and then killed another officer who tried to rescue his colleagues.

Open letter to President Obama from Muslims

Dear President Obama, This is an extraordinary time in history, especially for you. You are now the president of the most influential nation in the world.

Franken widens lead, Coleman wont concede

A three-judge panel on April 7th opened about 400 absentee ballots in the Al Franken-Norm Coleman race for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota, still undecided five months after the Nov. 4 election. When the judges finished counting, Franken had widened his lead over the incumbent Republican from 225 votes to 312 votes.

Give Americans a real health care choice, say advocates

'Don't cut the heart out of President Obama's health care reform plan' is the message many people will be delivering to their members of Congress this week as part of a national effort to push for meaningful health care reform.

My favs and not so favs on American Idol

American Idol is coming down to the wire as the remaining eight finalist sang hit songs from the year they were born last night, April 7, on the popular television reality show.

Ethnic outlets survive in sinking media market

Though these are grim times for major news organizations across the country, a few organizations — often labeled 'ethnic media' — are thriving.

Corporate Japan turns its back on effort to stop global warming

Japan's business circles are united in standing against the effort to stop global warming on the grounds that 'the public will be forced to pay the cost' without mentioning the merit of the effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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