RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia will not get involved in peacemaking in Afghanistan unless the Taliban stops providing shelter and severs all ties with Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida movement, officials said Tuesday. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is visiting Saudi Arabia hoping for an active Saudi role in his plan to persuade Taliban [...]
WASHINGTON – Democrats retreated Tuesday from a quick push to pass President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, lacking a workable strategy to salvage the sweeping legislation that has consumed Congress for more than a year.”There is no rush,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said after a meeting of Senate Democrats. His comments came as [...]
Congressional experts pegged the 2010 U.S. budget deficit at $1.35 trillion, a slight improvement from the $1.38 trillion estimate in August, but the overall picture of the government’s finances remains bleak, according to the annual report released Tuesday. The Congressional Budget Office said the government will run an aggregate deficit of almost $6 trillion during [...]
PARIS – A parliamentary panel that wants Muslim women to stop veiling their faces recommended Tuesday that France ban such garb in public facilities, including hospitals and mass transit, and a leading panel member said he foresees such an interdiction by the end of 2010. The nearly 200-page report contains a panoply of measures intended [...]
Freedom has had its best week in many years. On Tuesday, Massachusetts put a Senate check on a reckless Congress, and yesterday the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision supporting free political speech by overturning some of Congress’s more intrusive limits on election spending. In a season of marauding government, the Constitution rides to the [...]
In his hysteria over the Democrats losing “the Kennedy Seat” on Tuesday, Keith Olbermann, like Mary Jo Kopechne’s chauffeur, may have gone a bridge too far.
While there is no doubt that NBC (over) pays Olbermann to be provocative and to be outrageously leftwing to fill a (shrinking) market niche; it will be interesting to see [...]
Liberals are now trying to sell the fantasy, and maybe even convince themselves, that ObamaCare isn’t among the reasons Senator-elect Scott Brown is headed to Washington. One of the only Massachusetts exit polls doesn’t corroborate the story: Rasmussen reports that 51% of voters on Tuesday were opposed and 47% in favor—41% “strongly opposed” and just [...]