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The White House's economic achievement checklist looks better each day. Unemployment rate back in the low 8 percent range? Check. The Dow Jones Industrial Average back above 12,000? Check.

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 6:27pm

Cuba's first deepwater oil rig, Scarabeo 9, began drilling last month 70 miles south of Key West, Fla. Cuban officials believe the rig may tap as much as 20 billion barrels of oil. (U.S. officials estimate a quarter to half that amount.

Mon, 02/20/2012 - 5:31pm

WASHINGTON - Can civility be saved? This has become the question du jour among scholars, journalists and others who fret about such things at dozens of programs popping up around the country.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 4:45pm

NEW YORK - Out. Everywhere. Yesterday. Those three words sum up the mood here at home when it comes to American military presence outside U.S. borders.

Sun, 02/19/2012 - 4:43pm

WASHINGTON - You might think that Sen. David Vitter would observe a lifetime moratorium on public moralizing after his phone number was found in the little black book of a prostitution ring's madam.

Thu, 02/16/2012 - 5:25pm

WASHINGTON - Gene Sperling's sports metaphors collided so often during the White House budget rollout that it's a wonder the man didn't pull a hamstring.

Tue, 02/14/2012 - 5:25pm

Roses are red, Violets are blue, Valentine's Day Can be about the men too! It's a day where flowers, chocolate and jewelry purchases sky-rocket. Dinners by candlelight and millions of romantic cards are sent out sealed with a kiss.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 10:30pm

WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's recent losses to Rick Santorum in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota revealed a truism that Romney might want to study - but not too much! Parting with one's dreams isn't only sweet sorrow, it also can be liberating.

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 5:36pm

WASHINGTON - It's nine months until Election Day, but President Obama is already bringing out the big guns. Specifically, he is shouldering the Extreme Marshmallow Cannon.

Sun, 02/12/2012 - 9:05pm

WASHINGTON - Most Americans can hardly believe we're having a national debate about birth control in the 21st century - more than 50 years after The Pill became available and decades after condoms became as commonplace as, well, balloons.

Thu, 02/09/2012 - 5:28pm