Commentator laments state of debate on cable TV news If all the back and forth over proposals to overhaul health care leaves you disappointed with both the media and the general level of debate in the country, commentator Peter Smith knows just how you feel.7:45 a.m.
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Obama Picks Bernanke For Second 4-Year Fed Term
President Obama has nominated Ben Bernanke for a second term as the chairman of the Federal Reserve. Bernanke has been seen by some as a forceful and decisive chairman, taking extraordinary measures to save the economy from another Great Depression. But critics say he has exceeded the authority normally wielded by a Fed chairman.
Could Deterrence Counter A Nuclear Iran?
If Iran does eventually become a nuclear-armed state, one option available to the U.S. is an approach that worked for nearly half a century: deterrence. Critics say Iran's leaders are undeterrable because they believe in religious apocalypse. But others say the tactic has been effective with even more recalcitrant foes.
ACLU: Holder Should 'Go Ahead And Prosecute'
The Justice Department says it will conduct a "preliminary review" of possible criminal cases stemming from CIA interrogations of terrorism suspects. But the ACLU — which has waged a five-year legal battle pushing for such a probe — wants the DOJ to go farther.
Britons Question If Al-Megrahi Is Lockerbie Bomber
Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who's terminally ill, was freed from a Scottish prison last week on compassionate grounds. He was the only man convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The decision to free him prompted much criticism in the U.S. However in Britain, many people believe that the evidence against al-Megrahi was not very good in the first place.
Documents Show 'King Of Pop' Died Of Propofol
The Los Angeles County coroner's office may release new information soon on the death of Michael Jackson. A search warrant affidavit revealed Monday that Jackson's body contained a lethal dose of a surgical sedative known as propofol. There are reports that the coroner has ruled Jackson's death a homicide.
Sen. Enzi Plays Crucial Role Negotiating Health Care
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) represents the smallest state in population but he has a big role to play in the negotiations to overhaul health care. Enzi is one of the "gang of six" senators crafting the Senate's health care bill. He says he won't vote for any measure that can't get the support of 75 to 80 senators.
Advocates Push To Include The Homeless In Medicaid
Most homeless people lack insurance and rely on the emergency room and government-funded clinics for treatment. Advocates say the existing system is both inadequate and expensive for taxpayers, and that expanding Medicaid to include the homeless is a better option.
Wal-Mart To Locate Near Va. Civil War Battlefield
Officials in central Virginia have approved plans for a Wal-Mart Supercenter near one of the nation's most important Civil War battlefields. The Wilderness Battlefield is where generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee first met in battle 145 years ago. Construction could begin in a year.
'Cash For Clunkers' Drives Sales Of Foreign Models
Nearly 60 percent of cars purchased during the Cash for Clunkers program, which ended Monday, were foreign models. Auto industry commentator Karl Brauer says the big draw of the foreign brands was fuel efficiency, an area in which Detroit still has to catch up.
Lobstermen Caught Up In Violent Fishing Disputes
For lobstermen in Maine, squabbles over territory are nothing new. Scores often are settled at sea, sometimes violently. But a recent shooting on land, followed by the sinking of two lobster boats, suggests that long-standing tensions are escalating.