News Desk


November 2007


Bush Economic Adviser Sees Strong Growth

Edward Lazear, chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, told reporters yesterday that economic growth continues to look good despite the housing and credit crunch.

Lazear credited consumer spending and international investment for the growth and warned against protectionist policies ...

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Romney Wins Fast-Talking Honors

As U.S. News 's Liz Halloran reported earlier today, the heated CNN/YouTube Republican presidential debate last night proved particularly rough for Iowa caucus front-runner and former Gov. Mitt Romney, who was pushed repeatedly to clarify his stances on a number of fire-and-brimstone issues, like ...

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How to Lower Your Medical Bills

Insurance companies aren't the only ones who can negotiate lower prices for medical bills; patients can too. Only 31 percent of Americans have tried to negotiate the price of medical bills, a survey by Consumer Reports National Research Center found. But of those who tried, 93 percent have been ...

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Palestinian Envoy Calls for Optimism

In the wake of the Annapolis peace conference, the top Palestinian diplomat posted to Washington, Afif Safieh, called on governments, analysts, and the news media to show more optimism about the relaunched Middle East peace process.

"I personally believe that history is in the making. The skepticism ...

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Palestine
Israel
Middle East

Dodd's Firewall in Iowa

Sen. Chris Dodd's quest for the White House remains the longest of shots, but tomorrow the Connecticut Democrat will bring his biggest political gun to Iowa: Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, an organization that earlier this year became Dodd's ...

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Dodd, Chris

Obama Insiders Say Exposure Drives Up His Polls

Strategists for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama are jubilant because some polls show he has vaulted ahead of Hillary Clinton in the January 3 Iowa caucuses, and other surveys show him ahead or very close to the lead there.

But Obama insiders don't think the main cause was Hillary ...

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How Facebook Stole Christmas

A feature on the popular social networking site Facebook is rattling users as they begin to do their holiday shopping. The site's news feed, which lists a variety of things users' "friends" are doing, is now listing what users are buying as well—a potential Christmas gift spoiler for some. U.S.

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Facebook
holidays
shopping

The Prez Got an Earful on Air Traffic

Behind the scenes, President Bush has been getting an earful about air-traffic delays.

And it turns out that one crucial bit of intelligence came from a member of his official "family"—Karl Zinsmeister, Bush's domestic policy adviser. In reporting to the president how frustrating it is for ...

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Bush, George W.
airlines

Ron Paul Backer Aims to Snag Travelers

Larry Lepard, a venture capitalist and Ron Paul supporter from Massachusetts, has shelled out about $85,000 of his own money to throw what he told U.S. News is a "small hard rock at a good target": a full-page ad supporting Paul that will run in tomorrow's edition of USA Today—the nation's largest ...

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Paul, Ron

Stem Cell Breakthrough

U.S. News Health Editor Bernadine Healy, M.D., http://www.usnews.com/sections/opinion/bhealy will make an appearance tomorrow on CNN's American Morning live at 6:40 a.m. EST. Healy will discuss a breakthrough development in stem cell research announced today. Two groups of researchers say they have ...

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stem cells

Bush Plans: Raise Money, Then Travel

President Bush's schedule calls for heavy fundraising from now through the early part of the new year. But then foreign travel will take him out of the domestic political scene, according to White House insiders.

"The president can help raise resources for the party," says a senior Bush strategist.

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NATO
Japan
Bush, George W.
travel

No More Court Vacancies for Bush

Veteran court insiders and administration officials say that there is little possibility that President Bush will be handed another Supreme Court nomination because of a retirement.

One court watcher said that none of the current members are planning to step down before January 2009, effectively ...

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Bush, George W.
Supreme Court

GOP Looks to States for Pollution Solution

As it struggles with the issue of a national cap on greenhouse gases, the Republican leadership is looking at similar efforts at the state level "to get a sense of what works and what doesn't," according to GOP Rep. James Sensenbrenner, ranking member of the House Select Committee on Energy ...

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A Prayer for Rain in Georgia

Lord, have mercy on your people, have mercy on us, and grant us rain. Oh, God, let rain fall on this land of Georgia.

Those prostrate, beseeching words were spoken this morning by Methodist minister Gil Watson on the steps of the Georgia Capitol, in Atlanta.

More than 250 people attended the ...

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drought
Georgia
weather

GOP Pollster: Bush Will Stay Mired

President Bush will have immense difficulty getting Americans to lift his job-approval ratings for the rest of his time in office, says Republican pollster Frank Luntz. Voters are confident that Bush believes what he's saying, and they consider him consistent and passionate about his views. The ...

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Luntz, Frank
Bush, George W.
polls

Judges Seek Relief for Crack Convicts

Judges and defense attorneys are pushing the federal sentencing commission to retroactively apply newly reduced sentences for crack.

The move could affect up to 20,000 prisoners and is already generating fiery opposition from the Justice Department. Both sides are scheduled to air their opinions ...

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prison sentences
cocaine

Congress Watch: Tardy Appropriations

With time running out before the Thanksgiving holiday and the continuing resolution to fund the federal government set to expire Friday, Congress, now more than a month into the new fiscal year, will be busy after Veterans Day keeping the government financially afloat and debating appropriations ...

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Congress
federal budget
farming

Congress to Focus on Inspectors General

As controversies swirl around inspector general offices in various government agencies—namely, the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency—Congress will look deeper into the allegations of wrongdoing this week and attempt to do something about it.

Tasked with routing out waste, fraud,

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CIA
State Department
Congress

Pakistan's Bhutto Under House Arrest

KARACHI, Pakistan—Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was put under house arrest today a few hours before she was to address a public protest against the imposition of emergency rule by the country's military leader, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

As Bhutto, along with senior leaders of her Pakistan ...

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Bhutto, Benazir
Pakistan

Ethanol Backers Go on Offensive

Facing continued pressure from environmental groups opposed to increased mandates for ethanol production, world ethanol leaders took the offensive today, issuing their first joint statement in conjunction with F. O. Licht's World Ethanol Conference being held in Amsterdam.

"As oil prices soar to ...

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ethanol
oil

Benazir Bhutto Tests Her Clout

KARACHI, PAKISTAN—Pakistan's mainstream political parties have so far failed to offer much substantial resistance to the imposition of emergency rule, with the military regime largely successful at keeping the opposition parties divided. But Pakistani political analysts believe that the situation ...

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Bhutto, Benazir
Musharraf, Pervez
Pakistan

House Leader Pushes Fuel Efficiency

Democratic lawmakers are hoping record oil prices will help push through Congress a stalled energy bill that would force automakers to produce more fuel-efficient vehicles. Rep. Ed Markey, chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, cited $97-a-barrel oil as evidence ...

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