Romney’s political shifts stir criticism
When he was running for Massachusetts governor in 2002, Mitt Romney’s campaign courted voters at a Boston Gay Pride weekend by handing out fliers proclaiming “All citizens deserve equal rights, regardless of sexual preference.”
Eye on home, Obama heads for Asia-Pacific summit
CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama is jetting away from Washington’s political and budget battles just as crucial decisions and deadlines approach, focusing instead on Asia-Pacific nations and trying to persuade voters at home the distant region is essential to American jobs and security. Obama departed Friday for summits in Hawaii and Indonesia and a visit to Australia in between. For nine days, the president will be as many as 10...
Italy moves toward economic and political change
ROME (AP) — Under pressure to control its dangerous debt, Italy sped a package of reforms toward approval Friday and prepared to hand its dysfunctional government over to a technocrat who Europe hopes can save the country from going broke. Financial markets around the world rallied in relief. In its own step toward stability, Greece, which preceded Italy as the epicenter of the European debt crisis, installed a new prime minister. The Dow Jone...