August 8, 2011 |
With markets rattled by the downgrade in the U.S. credit rating, President Obama sought to reassure the public that America remains a "Triple A country" and voiced hope that the news will prod the two parties to reach agreement on a long-term plan to cut the nation's deficit. Obama, in an afternoon speech that was part pep talk, said the country is still a safe bet for investors. "That doesn't mean we don't have a problem," the president said, speaking from the State Dining Room.
June 11, 2011 |
Facing the most intense calls yet for his resignation, Rep. Anthony Weiner said Saturday that he will seek professional help in the wake of a still-raging scandal over his online sexual liaisons with at least six women. After House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats declared that the New York Democrat should quit, Weiner's office instead said that he will take a leave of absence to seek treatment. "Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person," said a spokeswoman for Weiner.
August 22, 2011 |
Though gunfights continued in the streets of Tripoli and Moammar Kadafi's whereabouts were unknown, the debate had already begun in political circles Monday about whether the crumbling of the Kadafi regime was a victory for President Obama. Obama has shouldered criticism for months from Republican rivals, as well as members of his own party, about the cost of the mission and his decision to commit U.S. military resources without congressional approval. Even Republican candidates who supported some level of U.S. military involvement in Libya, like Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, often accused Obama of devoting more than $1 billion toward a mission that had no clear strategy or endgame.
September 1, 2011
The Justice Department filed suit Wednesday to block AT&T's proposed $39-billion takeover of wireless rival T-Mobile USA, with its top antitrust lawyer declaring, "Any way you look at this transaction, it is anticompetitive. " Only the most ideologically hidebound supporters of the deal ever claimed it would boost competition, however. The question has always been whether the benefits it could deliver would outweigh the loss of an innovative, low-priced service provider. That's a far murkier issue.
November 26, 2003 |
H&R Block Inc., the world's biggest tax preparation company, earned a second-quarter profit for the first time in its history because of a 20% increase in mortgage lending earnings. Its shares rallied in after-hours trading. Net income was $10.4 million, or 6 cents a share, contrasted with a loss of $37.3 million, or 21 cents, a year earlier. Analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call expected a 6-cent loss. The company increased its annual earnings forecast to a range of $3.65 to $3.
November 7, 1996
Key to Election Tables * An asterisk (*) denotes an incumbent candidate; a dagger (**) denotes an appointed incumbent. * A double dagger (***) indicates a race in a district shared by two or more counties. For that reason, individual tables do not reflect the total vote. * Elected candidates and approved measures--or those leading with 99% of precincts reporting--are in bold type. Results are not official and could be affected by absentee ballots.