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  • Tax Deal Suggests New Path for Obama Tuesday, 7 Dec 2010 | 7:23 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    President Obama announced a tentative deal with Congressional Republicans on Monday to extend the Bush-era tax cuts at all income levels for two years as part of a package that would also keep benefits flowing to the long-term unemployed, cut payroll taxes for all workers for a year and take other steps to bolster the economy, the New York Times reports.

  • President Barack Obama

    The deal calls for jobless aid and tax breaks, but it is unclear how much leverage the White House has, the New York Times reports.

  • Ex-House Leader DeLay Convicted of Money Laundering Thursday, 25 Nov 2010 | 9:00 AM ET
    Gavel

    Tom DeLay, one of the most powerful and divisive Republican lawmakers ever to come out of Texas, was convicted Wednesday of money-laundering charges in a state trial, five years after his indictment here forced him to resign as majority leader in the House of Representatives, the New York Times reports.

  • At a Checkpoint, Terror Fears and Testy Travelers Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 | 10:37 AM ET
    TSA Xray machines airport

    Behind an unmarked door, in a cluttered break room of half-eaten lunches and morale-boosting posters, a dozen Transportation Security Administration officers listened to their airport supervisor deliver another much-needed pep talk that contained the reminder: “I get paid to be paranoid, and so do you.” The New York Times reports.

  • TSA—It's Getting Messy Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 | 10:10 AM ET

    We are daily discovering the unintended consequences and unforeseen challenges of the new TSA security measures. How does one discreetly notify a TSA agent that one has an external urine bag without broadcasting that little tidbit loud enough for others to hear? A man named Tom Sawyer (no lie) and one TSA agent apparently learned the hard way that it's difficult to keep anything private in the age of underwear bombs.

  • TSA Funny Business: Radiation-Blocking Undies Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 12:50 PM ET
    A TSA officer demonstrates what the images form the Advanced Imaging Technology unit look like.

    I had my first backscatter scanner experience Friday at the airport in San Jose. My only real complaint is that it took too long. At first I was excited when I saw a couple of people ahead of me go in wearing jackets.

  • TSA True Confessions Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 11:19 AM ET

    So a priest, a journalist, and a TSA officer walk into a security line. I know there's a groping joke in here somewhere. But seriously, folks, while I was going through airport security at Burbank Thursday afternoon—no backscatter scanners or enhanced pat downs yet—I went through the line next to a priest.

  • TSA Outrage — The Marketing Opportunity Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 | 12:33 PM ET
    A TSA officer demonstrates what the images form the Advanced Imaging Technology unit look like.

    I need to stop shaking my head over this whole TSA thing and start making some money. Others are way ahead of me.

  • In Defense of Airport Security Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 10:53 AM ET
    A TSA officer demonstrates what the images form the Advanced Imaging Technology unit look like.

    New scanners allow TSA officers to basically see you naked, and there are concerns about radiation. Critics allege this is the worst kind of funny business.

  • Officials Defend Intimate Airport Security Methods Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 8:46 AM ET

    Officials are defending new anti-terrorism security procedures at the nation's airports that some travelers complain are overly invasive and intimate.

  • SBA Helps Veteran-Owned Businesses Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 | 12:17 PM ET
    Justin and Gen. Patraeus

    According to the SBA, one in seven veterans are self-employed or small business owners and about one quarter of veterans say they are interested in starting and buying their own businesses. The percentage is even higher among women veterans, noted the SBA.

  • Security bureaucrats are going to tighten checks at airports following the discovery of two bombs on parcels in cargo planes from Yemen to the US, but this will not necessarily improve things, Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair told CNBC Monday.

  • White House Weighs Response to Mail Bomb Plot Monday, 1 Nov 2010 | 8:35 AM ET

    Teams of U.S. anti-terrorism and security experts are headed to Yemen to help search for suspects in the mail bomb plot and to train cargo screeners at the San'a airport.

  • Air Cargo Bomb Plot Could Raise Costs, but Who Pays? Sunday, 31 Oct 2010 | 6:02 PM ET

    Security fears triggered by the air freight bomb plot could increase the costs of global trade and fuel debate over the technology needed to screen packages and who should pay for it, transport officials said on Sunday.

  • Bomb Plot Just Narrowly Averted, Officials Say Sunday, 31 Oct 2010 | 5:49 PM ET

    The mail bomb plot stretching from Yemen to Chicago may have been aimed at blowing up planes in flight and was only narrowly averted, officials said Sunday, acknowledging that one device almost slipped through Britain and another seized in Dubai was unwittingly flown on two passenger jets.

  • Vote Over California Marijuana Goes Down to the Wire Sunday, 31 Oct 2010 | 10:07 AM ET

    It is the home stretch in the battle over Proposition 19, the ballot initiative that would legalize and regulate marijuana in California, and at “Yes” headquarters in downtown Oakland last week, young volunteers were hustling for votes.

  • Business Waits as Dems, GOP Battle For Congress Sunday, 31 Oct 2010 | 9:25 AM ET

    The outcome of five contests considered tossups will help determine if Democrats retain control of the Senate, according to the latest analysis of races by The New York Times, with Republicans trying to capture Democratic-held seats in Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Washington.

  • Mail Bomb Found in Dubai Sent on Passenger Planes Sunday, 31 Oct 2010 | 8:44 AM ET

    A Qatar Airways spokesman says a parcel carrying the mail bomb found in Dubai traveled on two separate passenger planes.

  • Obama Walks Fine Political Line on Terror Threat Saturday, 30 Oct 2010 | 7:11 PM ET

    Trying to manage a terrorism threat in the middle of an election campaign, the Obama administration is walking a political and national security tightrope, says the New York Times. 

  • Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert Rally Draws Huge Crowds Saturday, 30 Oct 2010 | 4:26 PM ET

    It is perhaps a measure of the volatility of American politics that a television comedy show was able to tap something deep among American voters, who turned out in the tens of thousands on Saturday to add their voices to a national political debate that some said had left them behind.