Coleman argues more ballots should be presumed valid Minnesota's long-running U.S. Senate race took another step toward a potential conclusion today as Republican Norm Coleman's attorneys filed their remaining paperwork with the Minnesota Supreme Court.3:37 p.m.
Raising sheep a family affair on one farm The most recent agricultural census finds a growing number of women farmers in the U.S. It reports a nearly 30 percent increase in women farmers from 2002 to 2007. And for those women raising sheep, being a wool producer comes at a time when the number of knitters fueling the knitting industry is on the rise.4:37 p.m.
Pawlenty, lawmakers remain at odds over budget issues With time ticking away until the end of the legislative session, Gov. Pawlenty and DFL leaders plan to meet at 11 a.m. today to try and reach a budget deal. Pawlenty announced yesterday that he will not call lawmakers back for a special session and will balance the budget on his own if a budget deal isn't reached.5:16 p.m.
More Abortion Battles Loom For Obama
Government spending bills for years have restricted federal funds from being used for abortion or abortion-related activities. But with Democrats now in control of both the Congress and White House, abortion-rights groups are hoping to get rid of at least some of those restrictions.
'Mr. Go' Trial Tests U.S. Liability For NOLA Flooding
Testimony wrapped up Thursday in a New Orleans civil lawsuit concerning the extensive flooding that took place after Hurricane Katrina. At question is whether the U.S. government can be held accountable for it. The trial has drawn attention because the government is usually immune from such lawsuits.
Cardinals, Conspiracies And A Crock Or Two
There's only so much Ron Howard can do with Angels & Demons' idiotic plotting — or the fact that the war between the pro-science Illuminati and the anti-science church doesn't really make much sense.
Obama Revives Guantanamo Tribunals
A small number of Guantanamo detainees will be prosecuted in military tribunals with new legal protections. Under new guidelines set by the Obama administration, the military tribunals will get under way this fall for about 13 of the roughly 240 detainees at the naval detention center.
Week In Politics Examined
This week, President Obama decided to revive military tribunals and blocked the release of photos showing abuse of prisoners by U.S. troops. E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times, offer their insight.
Wary Investors Stall Market Rally
The stock market has been on a roll for the past two months, but the momentum seemed to stall over the past few days and the major indexes are expected to close down for the week. There was as much good news as bad, but many investors concluded that the rally was getting a little ahead of itself.
GM To Cut 1,100 Underperforming Dealerships
One day after Chrysler announced massive dealership closings as part of restructuring, General Motors did the same. GM began to tell 1,100 low-volume dealers they are not part of the struggling carmaker's long-term plan.
On The Hill, Gays Now Find Acceptance ... Mostly
A new documentary called Outrage contends that privately gay politicians who don't support gay rights are hypocrites. High-profile homosexuals are no longer unheard of in Washington politics. But for closeted conservative gays in D.C., the threat of exposure remains a weapon.
Obama Finds Hurdles To Closing Guantanamo
President Obama wants to close the Guantanamo detention center this year, but Congress is putting up obstacles. The House is rejecting the White House request for money to close the prison and relocate prisoners. The Senate says it won't cough up the money until it sees an inmate-relocation plan.
Florida's Graham Backs Pelosi On CIA Briefings
The CIA and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are disputing a September 2002 briefing on waterboarding. Pelosi says the meeting never occurred. Retired Sen. Bob Graham, a Florida Democrat who keeps copious records of daily activities, disputes the CIA's records of briefings he received at the same time.