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       A new poll by ABCNews/Washington Post released today shows that Sen. Barak Obama of Illinois has slipped ahead of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York among Iowa Democrats.        The state's Democrats plan to hold their caucuses Jan. 3, a neighborhood style process that influences voting among presidential convention dele…

A couple of ugly episodes on the Canadian border in the past few weeks prompts questions about whether U.S. inspectors at the Canadian border are properly trained and supervised, and whether the Bush administration is pushing for needlessly harsh measures -- even in emergency situations. Last week, American inspectors at the Detroit border forced an ambulance with lights …

       The Government Accountability Office on Thursday released results of a 2006 test in which its personnel passed through a number of airport screening checkpoints undetected while carrying components of incendiary explosive devices.       The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, said its personnel carried the components in t…

  LAS VEGAS, Nev. … It got pretty hot here in the desert Thursday night, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton came prepared.    "This pantsuit, it's asbestos tonight," she said.    What Clinton didn't say was that she was also carrying a flamethrower.    What's more, she used it.    In what seemed like the 2,578th deb…

The Joint Economic Committee, an advisory Senate-House body, is predicting that the ultimate cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will be $3.5 trillion under scenarios outlined by the Bush White House. This figure is more than triple the number forecast by the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office. The committee report forecasts a scenario, using the budget office's 10…

   County Executive-elect Christopher C. Collins seemed relaxed and ready to go Tuesday after meeting with outgoing County Executive Joel A. Giambra in the Rath County Office Building, even if he did acknowledge that life from now on will be different.   "I've found out I won't be the anonymous person buying popcorn at the movies any more, he said.…

Chief Justice John Roberts and three Supreme Court associate justices are headlined this week at the 25th anniversary convention in Washington of the Federalist Society.The organization was founded in 1982, the second year of the Reagan administration, to counter what backers felt was an increasingly left-wing tilt of the legal profession, law schools, and most importantl…

Bernard Kerik, Rudy Giuliani's one-time business partner and New York corrections and police commissioner, was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury for tax evasion, fraud and conspiracy.The 16-count indictment says Kerik, 52, got money and other "things of value" for lobbying New York City regulators in behalf of a construction firm and waste management compa…

  President Bush has signed a law increasing the nation's debt limit to $9 trillion, mainly to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The debt limit figure is nine times what it was 25 years ago. The Federal Reserve last week infused $45 billion of paper money into a banking system stressed because of bad housing loans. That figure is about the same as the Fed pu…

Congress and President Bush send $150 million a month to Pakistan, now held under martial law declared by Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who has been tpresident since he took over in a military junta in 1999.      In all, Washington has sent Musharraf about $11 billion, mostly in military hardware, which Musharraf has used to suppress dissent since early Nove…

    Those suspicious of government have never looked kindly upon EZ-Pass, the program drivers can use on the Thruway and other highways and bridges to have tolls automatically deducted from an account via a signal that bounces off a device mounted on the driver’s windshield.     So the Big Brother conspiracy theories have run amok the past we…

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's performance at the Democratic presidential forum at Drexel University in Philadelphia on Tuesday night was not among her best moments. She appeared to stumble on questions about Social Security, the release of her White House correspondence and Gov. Spitzer's plan to provide drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants. The Spitzer plan has roile…

Democratic senators, who seemed on the brink of confirming Judge Michael B. Mukasey as President Bush's new attorney general, are saying they're put off by Mukasey's waffling answers on the alleged practice of waterboarding prisoners questioned by the CIA and others in the fight against terrorism. In a letter following his confirmation hearings, Mukasey said waterboardi…

In the decade ending 2006, New York State lost 28.7 percent of its manufacturing jobs, according to the Albany-based Public Policy Institute. For upstate, this meant the loss of more than 50,000 jobs. Both Democrats, notably President Bill Clinton, and Republicans under President George W. Bush, have pushed hard for liberalized trade. The most important free trade action …

The willingness of white Southerners to lynch black people was so strong even into the 1930s that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was unwilling to lend his prestige to a bill making lynching a federal crime. FDR feared offending powerful white senators whose backing was needed to pass his economic reforms. Between the end of the Civil War and the signing of federal c…