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Why many experts missed this: Cheap oil can hurt U.S. economy

May 22, 2015 WASHINGTON — If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. It hasn’t worked out that way. more »»

 
 
 
Osama documents released

May 21, 2015 WASHINGTON — Documents swept up in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound portray a leader cut off from his underlings, disappointed by their failures, beset by their complaints and regretting years... more »»

Terrorism and punishment

May 20, 2015 Why was 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to die in a state so generally opposed to capital punishment? A recent Boston Globe poll found that only 19 percent of Massachusetts residents wanted... more »»

Top Ten List — What set Letterman apart

May 19, 2015 NEW YORK— David Letterman leaves late night on Wednesday after 33 years when he retires from CBS’ “Late Show,” his TV home since 1993. more »»

Natural gas set to play major role in Michigan’s energy mix

May 18, 2015 LANSING — With at least nine coal plants in the state slated to shut down in the next 10 years, natural gas is the likely replacement as the primary source for generating energy in Michigan, experts... more »»

Feingold to run again

May 15, 2015 MADISON, Wis. — Russ Feingold announced Thursday he will run to reclaim the U.S. more »»

Bush struggles to clarify stance on invading Iraq

May 14, 2015 WASHINGTON — Struggling with the shadows of Iraq, Jeb Bush said he would have made a different decision than his brother to invade Iraq in 2003 had he known what he does now about flaws in the... more »»

Does New York City mayor, now a national figure, risk trouble at home?

May 13, 2015 NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political vision — and his political travels — have increasingly reached far beyond the borders of New York Cit. more »»

Super PACs become super powers in 2016 campaign

May 12, 2015 WASHINGTON — When Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the stage at fundraisers thrown by a group that wants to elect her president, she’s not presented as a White House candidate. She’s a “special guest. more »»

Michigan road-funding fix may take a while

May 11, 2015 LANSING— The public’s trouncing of a lawmaker-proposed constitutional amendment to upgrade Michigan roads leaves Gov. Rick Snyder and legislators searching for an alternative. It could take a while. more »»

Rubio tax plan shows challenge of GOP wage-stagnation fight

May 8, 2015 DENVER — In the traffic jam that is the Republican presidential race, Sen. Marco Rubio stands out — and not just for his youth and blue-collar, Cuban-American biography. more »»

Sales tax defeat worst in history

May 7, 2015 LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s road-funding ballot measure didn’t just go down to defeat. It failed by a historically high margin. more »»

Q&A on ballot measure to hike taxes

May 4, 2015 LANSING— Voters on Tuesday will decide the fate of a constitutional amendment that would raise Michigan’s sales tax by 1 percentage point to trigger more money for a deteriorating network of... more »»

Wording of Michigan’s Proposal 1

May 4, 2015 The wording of Proposal 1, which will be decided in a special Michigan election on Tuesday: A proposal to amend the State Constitution to increase the sales/use tax from 6 percent to 7 percent to... more »»

IRS takes significant steps to stop tea party targeting

May 1, 2015 WASHINGTON — The IRS has taken “significant actions” to stop agents from targeting political groups based on their names and policy positions, according to a report issued Thursday by the government... more »»

More research, please

April 30, 2015 Newt Gingrich recently recalled the bipartisan deal that doubled the budget for the National Institutes of Health — with fondness. more »»

Bush, Rubio, bring Spanish fluency to 2016 presidential campaign

April 30, 2015 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republicans are bringing something unique to the 2016 presidential campaign: an ability to speak to Americans in both of their main mother tongues, Spanish as well as English. more »»

Clinton fundraisers show scope of family network

April 29, 2015 WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is tapping some of the biggest donors to her family's philanthropy for her presidential campaign, even as the charity is under scrutiny over its own fundraising... more »»

Lawmakers avoid divulging their vote on tax hike for roads

April 27, 2015 LANSING — Michigan voters will decide the fate of a sales tax increase linked to road improvements because that’s what lawmakers proposed after deadlocking on directly raising taxes themselves. more »»

 
 

 

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Dull and arrogant

May 21, 2015 David Letterman is no longer part of late-night TV. Thank goodness. I found him to be dull and arrogant. Paul Shaffer was just noise to me. more »

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