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Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., is defending himself against Bush administration charges that letters he sent to bank regulators spurred a depositors' run on the IndyMac bank, its collapse and seizure by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.The Pasadena, Calif., bank, which specialized in the riskiest types of mortgages, was seized by the FDIC on Friday. It is the la…

WASHINGTON - At a town hall meeting in Denver, Colo., on Monday, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said "Americans have got to understand that we are paying present-day retirees with the taxes paid by young workers in America today. And that's a disgrace. It's an absolute disgrace, and it's got to be fixed."Asked about the comment the next day (Tuesday), the Republican…

         WASHINGTON - The National Abortion Rights Action League on Tuesday chastised Carly Fiorina, a key aide to Republican presidential candidate John McCain for implying that McCain favored women's coverage for prescription birth control.              Fiorina, the former head of Hewlett-Packard, on …

Prescription drugs could be imported from Canada to save seniors money if Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, were elected president, a senior aide told reporters on Monday. President Bush has opposed reimportation of drugs from Canada, where government health programs purchase them for less cash than can individuals covered under Medicare or private prescription plans in the U.S…

   WASHINGTON - The Bush administration has announced that it will again deny federal funds to the United Nations Family Planning Agency on grounds that the UN cooperates with countries that force its citizens to undergo involuntary abortions or sterilization.    The move comes, conincidentally or not, with efforts by Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, the…

         WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told political journalists on Wednesday that Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, was one of the political powers in the House that wants to restore the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" to broadcast news and discussion.      Slaughter, the chair of the powerful Ho…

  WASHINGTON -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton went back to work in the Senate Tuesday after missing 97 of the Senate's 155 votes this year in her quest for the presidency.    Meawhile, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, missed 95 votes -- and the Republican choice for president, Sen. John McCain, missed 121.    Now …

If Western New Yorkers were hoping for some top tier representation in Albany after hearing that Joe Bruno was stepping down as Senate Majority Leader, they found out this morning they were out of luck.  Sen. Dean Skalos Skelos of Nassau County, the deputy majority leader, was quickly chosen to move into the top spot. Skalos Skelos becomes much more than the next-i…

         WASHINGTON - Sen. Barack H. Obama of Illinois, the probable Democratic presidential nominee, today was accused by reform groups and his presumptive Republican opponent of breaking a "pledge" to accept public financing in the general election campaign.          The Obama campaign told supporters…

   WASHINGTON … There are now, in Hillary Clinton's words, "18 million cracks" in the glass ceiling that separates women from their dreams.    That's the number of votes she got in her razor-close battle with Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination, and to Clinton, it's all proof that it will be easier the next time a woman runs for pr…

   She touted her experience when voters wanted change.    She overspent on campaign frills and then nearly ran out of money.    And she couldn't control a bitterly divided campaign staff or a husband prone to red-faced rants on the campaign trail.    I could go on and on, but you get the picture. When Hillary Clinton bows out o…

   WASHINGTON -- Imagine it: Barack Obama at home in the White House, Hillary Clinton across the way in the vice president's office and Bill Clinton -- well, not baking cookies.    "It could be like a reality show," said Tom Schaller, a political scientist at the University of Maryland/Baltimore County. "Ryan Seacrest might want to optio…

  WASHINGTON -- Nearly 17 months after she declared she was "in it to win it," Hillary Clinton is about to get out of it.    Finally, after nearly four months in second place, she plans to throw her support to Barack Obama here on Saturday.    Now I know this is going to be a hard, sad day for many people. One of the little-noticed secr…

NEW YORK - Usually when a candidate loses, the rally that night is filled with the tired, teary faces of people who worked too hard for a lost cause. Not so with Hillary Clinton's rally at Baruch College here last night. No, it seemed a bit like a victory rally, with adoring cheers and smiles greeting a candidate who looked as happy as the guy who celebrated clinching the…