Austin's Morning News

Dan Eggen and Paul Kane THE WASHINGTON POST The Justice Department advocated in early 2005 removing up to 20 percent of the nation's U.S. attorneys whom it considered to be "underperforming" but retaining prosecutors who were "loyal Bushies," according to e-mails released by...
Sudarsan Raghavan THE WASHINGTON POST U.S. troops are conducting security sweeps in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City for the first time in three years, part of a revamped plan to pacify the capital. Yet the Mahdi Army militia of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has not risen up...
Janet Fife-Yeomans AAP THREE children have won a share of the estate of a man said to be their sperm donor father after using tweezers to pluck his eyebrows for DNA testing as he lay dead in a hospital morgue. In a landmark decision, the NSW Supreme Court yesterday granted...
SIMON ROMERO The New York Times OPEC seeks to strengthen its grip on world oil markets with announcement of cuts in production, aggressively displaying its desire to maintain oil prices at their highest sustained level in two decades; prices rise in response, up more than 3...
The Associated Press A teen accused of posting pictures of his potted marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia on MySpace.com faces charges after police monitoring for gang activity traced the information to him. Authorities said a label on the picture of potted pot plants read...
BENNETT ROTH and KRISTEN MACK Houston Chronicle Since 1972, when Bill Clinton and his girlfriend Hillary Rodham traveled to Texas to work on George McGovern's presidential campaign, the couple have cultivated key political relationships in the Lone Star state, including the...
CAROLYN MARSHALL The New York Times A scathing 18-month evaluation of California’s public schools has concluded that the state’s educational system is “broken,” crippled by a complex bureaucracy, flawed teacher policies and misspent school money, leaving it in need of sweeping...
Chris Serres and Matt McKinney STAR TRIBUNE Beryl Dsouza was late and in no mood for delays when she stopped at a Target store after work two weeks ago for milk, bread and bacon. So Dsouza was taken aback when the cashier -- who had on the traditional headscarf, or hijab, worn...
Jonathan E. Kaplan THEHILL.com Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), the Democratic Caucus chairman, has told new Democratic members of Congress to steer clear of Stephen Colbert, or at least his satirical Comedy Central program, “The Colbert Report.” “He said don’t do it … it’s a risk...