Walter Shapiro - Politics Daily
The budgetary hot-air wars gripping Washington have spotlighted all the elements that have degraded of 21st century politics: Apocalyptic threats of a government shutdown, high-decibel debates over budgetary irrelevancies (the drive to defund Planned Parenthood), angry denunciations of do-nothing government bureaucrats and vapid presidential slogans ("Win the Future").
Even when the congressional fiscal follies momentarily take a serious turn, an abstract tone dominates these floating numbers games involving slashing tens of billions. Budget arithmetic turns into an alternative reality as...
J. Richard - AOL News
(Dec. 9) -- "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin is battling cancer but doing "OK," a relative told FOX 2 News in Detroit.
Although the type of cancer hasn't been officially confirmed, media reports say the 68-year-old diva has been diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer. It's "one of the deadliest and most painful types of cancer," with 95 percent of patients dying within five years of diagnosis, according to a 2007 report in The New York Times.
It hasn't been an easy year for Franklin.
In August, she was forced to cancel two concert appearances after breaking her ribs in a fall; last...