The only things in life that are certain may be death and taxes, but two issues certain to divide this country are abortion and guns. And with heart rates running high over gun control proposals and how to curb gun violence, AOL Jobs' Lunchtime Live video show featured two unusual gun rights defenders:... Read More »
LANSING, Mich. -- In an audacious flex of political muscle, Republicans in a single day reached the brink of a goal that for years has seemed an all-but-impossible dream: making the labor bastion of Michigan a right-to-work state.
The GOP majority used its superior numbers and backing from Gov. Rick Snyder to... Read More »
The conventions are over, but the political banter won't end for months. Presidential elections stir up a lot of emotions, whether you side with the "red," the "blue" or if you consider yourself somewhere in the middle. If you're fired up, it's natural that you may want to talk politics at work. However, you... Read More »
By Donna Cassata
WASHINGTON -- Automatic cuts in federal spending will cost the economy more than 2 million jobs, from defense contracting to border security to education, if Congress fails to resolve the looming budget crisis, according to an analysis released Tuesday. Read More »
By Calvin Woodward
WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney has come up with an "amazing statistic" and Republicans inside and outside his presidential campaign are doing their utmost to spread it around: "92.3 percent of all the jobs lost during the Obama years have been lost by women."
Amazing it may be. As a... Read More »
By Jim Abrams
WASHINGTON -- A small business investment bill that had appeared to enjoy wide bipartisan support was in danger of collapsing Tuesday after Senate Democrats and Republicans split over two attempts to amend it. Read More »
Legislation passed by Maine lawmakers that permits state employees to bring concealed weapons to work has raised concern among state gun-control advocates, while backers of the bill say it merely puts the state's workers on parity with those privately employed.
The Maine House of Representatives passed the... Read More »
By Kaitlin Madden
At work, there are some topics of conversation that need to be approached cautiously, if at all. Your definitive list of "reasons why your boss sucks," your religious beliefs and your feelings about "The Real Housewives," for example, are all probably better left off of the conversation... Read More »
Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum sought to make some political hay last weekend by taking President Obama to task for purportedly saying he wants all Americans to go to college.
Speaking to a gathering of some 1,000 conservative activists in Troy, Mich., on Saturday, Santorum called the... Read More »
By Jim Abrams
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a package of largely uncontroversial measures they said will help small businesses raise capital and create jobs while showing that Congress can put aside its partisan differences and act in the country's economic interests. Read More »
By Andrew Taylor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Negotiations to renew a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more kicked off on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, with both sides optimistic of an agreement despite last year's bitter battles over President Barack Obama's jobs proposals. Read More »
By Jeffrey Collins
LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- At first glance, South Carolina seems like a place where attacks on Mitt Romney's experience at the helm of a venture capital firm that cut jobs would resonate in the GOP primary.
The state's unemployment rate hasn't been below 9 percent in three years and a... Read More »
By Shannon McCaffrey
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Newt Gingrich pledged to take the fight to South Carolina and Florida after finishing well behind the leaders in Tuesday's New Hampshire Republican primary.
"We're going to offer the American people something very different," Gingrich told about 200 supporters... Read More »
By Kasie Hunt and Charles Babington
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- Mitt Romney's Republican rivals accused him Monday of exaggerating his successes and coldly laying off thousands of workers while heading a profitable venture capital firm, an effort to turn the presidential front-runner's biggest asset into a... Read More »
As this year's field of Republican presidential candidates heads into Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, plenty of focus is on the leader of the pack -- Mitt Romney. The one-time Massachusetts governor is on familiar territory in the Granite State, and polls show Romney coasting to an easy win.
That's despite... Read More »
By Andrew Taylor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Capping a full retreat by House GOP leaders, Congress will convene Friday in hopes of approving a stopgap measure renewing payroll tax cuts for every worker and unemployment benefits for millions - despite serious opposition among some tea party Republicans.
Friday's... Read More »
By Alan Fram
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If President Barack Obama, the House and the Senate all want to extend a Social Security payroll tax cut and jobless benefits through next year, why are they fighting so bitterly over doing it?
Obama, House Democrats and lopsided majorities of both parties in the Senate... Read More »
By Andrew Taylor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stuck in a stalemate, President Barack Obama and his Republican rivals are slugging it out in Washington rather than reaching for a holiday season accord to prevent payroll taxes from going up on 160 million workers.
The tax increases, as well as cuts to Medicare... Read More »