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Fed chair says economy struggling to be ‘self-sustaining’

Bernanke ramps up defense of Fed’s Treasury bond purchases by pointing to weak economy Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is stepping up his defense of the Fed’s $600 billion Treasury bond-purchase plan, saying the economy is still struggling to become “self-sustaining” without government help. In a taped interview with CBS’…

Obama: ‘I don’t think about Sarah Palin’

In an interview set to air Friday, ABC’s Barbara Walters tried and failed to pull President Barack Obama into a debate with Sarah Palin. “You may have heard that Sarah Palin told me just last week that she could beat you if she ran,” Walters told Obama. “Could she?” “You…

2012 run? Sarah Palin reportedly scouting for office space in Iowa

Sarah Palin, the ubiquitous superstar of the Republican Party, has been searching for office space in Iowa, according to a little-noticed report Sunday in a British paper. Palin is scheduled to visit Iowa Nov. 27. Iowa is an crucial primary state. “In the course of making arrangements for that tour,…

Barbara Bush to Palin: Stay in Alaska

Former First Lady Barbara Bush knows exactly where she wants Sarah Palin: Back home in Alaska. The wife of President George H.W. Bush has long been known for her witty quotes, and the one she tossed out at Larry King during an interview for CNN may be an instant classic.…

Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski: Palin lacks ‘intellectual curiosity’ to be president

When a member of your own party criticizes you, it’s certainly not the end of the world. But when a member of your state’s own Washington delegation is about to put a verbal knife in your back, you may want to turn around. In an interview with CBS’ News Katie…

Michael Moore offers Fahrenheit 9/11 to NBC for free to balance Bush

NBC has done a lot to rehabilitate former President George W. Bush’s image this week. Now filmmaker Michael Moore is offering a way to restore some balance to the network by allowing them to air his documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11, for free. NBC gave the former president an hour-long platform during…

Revealed: Rand Paul reverses on core campaign pledge before even taking office

Money talks. Rand Paul, the next Republican US senator from Kentucky, has done an about-face on earmarks even before taking office. In an interview published over the weekend with the Wall Street Journal, Paul signaled a major backtrack on a core campaign promise: cutting federal earmarks. The promise is a…

Bloomberg: Congress members ‘can’t read,’ ‘don’t have passports,’ may start trade war

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has set his sights on what he — and many others — see as the provincial, insular nature of American politics, and he has unkind words for the country’s current crop of legislators. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal carried out during…

Obama acknowledges his message didn’t get through

Obama concedes in interview he ‘stopped paying attention’ to selling his message to voters President Barack Obama is acknowledging in the wake of this week’s election rout that he hasn’t been able to successfully promote his economic-rescue message to anxious Americans. Obama says in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes”…

Bush claims he was a ‘dissenting voice’ on Iraq

Former President George W. Bush says he was a “dissenting voice” on the decision to invade Iraq because he “didn’t want to use force” but ran out of options. “I was a dissenting voice. I didn’t want to use force,” Bush told NBC’s Matt Lauer in his first interview promoting…

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