Obama returning home to face many problems

Obama returning home to face many problems

A week of international prodding, outreach and reassurance behind him, U.S. President Barack Obama is returning to Washington amid looming domestic and foreign challenges, from a fast-approaching deadline for health care enrollment to renewed worries about Russia’s intentions in Eastern Europe. Obama left Saudi Arabia on Saturday, a day after meeting with the country’s aging […]

Christie, Walker court rich donors in Las Vegas

Christie, Walker court rich donors in Las Vegas

Two of the nation’s highest-profile Republican governors on Saturday called for more aggressive leadership on America’s challenges abroad, emphasizing their support for Israel as they courted powerful Jewish donors. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker also stoked speculation about their own presidential ambitions as they gave frustrated Republicans advice on how […]

Obamacare sign-up deadline Monday

Obamacare sign-up deadline Monday

Monday is the deadline to sign up for private health insurance in the new online markets created by President Barack Obama’s health care law. So far, about 4 out of every 5 people enrolling have qualified for tax credits to reduce the cost of their premiums. Here’s what you need to know: — The deadline […]

Pentagon to boost cyber security

Pentagon to boost cyber security

The Pentagon plans to more than triple its cybersecurity staff in the next few years to defend against Internet attacks that threaten national security, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday. Hagel’s comments at the National Security Agency headquarters in suburban Washington come as he prepares to vist China next week, where officials are likely to […]

Obamacare: Legacy or lunacy?

Obamacare: Legacy or lunacy?

As a roller-coaster sign-up season winds down, President Barack Obama’s health care law has indeed managed to change the country. Americans are unlikely to go back to a time when people with medical problems could be denied coverage. But Obama’s overhaul needs major work of its own if it is to go down in history […]

Mike Rogers moving his mouth from Congress to radio

Mike Rogers moving his mouth from Congress to radio

Rep. Mike Rogers, the brash-talking Republican security hawk who has criticized the Obama administration yet commanded uncommon bipartisan support as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday he was retiring from Congress next year. The 50-year-old from Michigan made the surprising announcement in a radio interview, saying he’d leave Washington when his seventh term […]

Investigations continue in Christie scandals

Investigations continue in Christie scandals

Investigations led by federal authorities and New Jersey legislators are continuing to delve into the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, even as Gov. Chris Christie’s own probe has concluded that he was not involved in the plot to block traffic. Politically connected New York lawyer Randy Mastro released a report exonerating Christie on […]

Opposition to Obamacare remains high

Opposition to Obamacare remains high

Public support for President Barack Obama’s health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, according to a new poll. The Associated Press-GfK survey finds that 26 percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act. Yet even fewer — 13 percent — think it will be […]

Obama claims six million signed up for Obamacare

Obama claims six million signed up for Obamacare

Back on track after a stumbling start, President Barack Obama’s heath care overhaul reached a milestone Thursday, with more than 6 million Americans signed up for coverage through new insurance markets. The announcement — four days before open enrollment season ends Monday — fulfills a revised goal set by the Congressional Budget Office and embraced […]

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