New health care boss revamps HealthCare.gov

New health care boss revamps HealthCare.gov

Moving to prevent more insurance chaos this fall, the nation’s new health care chief on Friday revamped the management of HealthCare.gov. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell appointed a new high-level operations manager to closely supervise the online portal to coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law. She also announced that she’s hiring […]

House backs new limits on NSA spying

House backs new limits on NSA spying

House libertarians and liberals banded together for a surprise win in their fight against the secretive National Security Agency, securing support for new curbs on government spying a year after leaker Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records. The Republican-led House voted 293-123 late Thursday to add the limits […]

Scott Walter investigated for ‘criminal activity’

Scott Walter investigated for ‘criminal activity’

First it was Chris Christie, humbled by members of his staff who shut down a bridge from New Jersey into Manhattan in an apparent act of political retribution. Now it’s Scott Walker, who prosecutors in Wisconsin believe acted criminally by coordinating the fundraising and spending of outside conservative groups. They’re two of the nation’s highest-profile […]

New Republican leaders for a divided House

New Republican leaders for a divided House

Rep. Kevin McCarthy seems likely to inherit defeated Rep. Eric Cantor’s No. 2 House Republican leadership job, but GOP restiveness along ideological and regional lines is on full display in a wide-open race for the party’s next-ranking post of majority whip. McCarthy, R-Calif., who has climbed quickly since arriving in Congress in 2007, seemed likely […]

GOP leaders kowtow to right-wing Bible thumpers

GOP leaders kowtow to right-wing Bible thumpers

Some of the Republican Party’s most ambitious leaders are courting religious conservatives as evangelical officials claim new momentum in their fight for the GOP’s soul. The Faith and Freedom Coalition, led by former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, launches its annual conference Thursday with appearances by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. […]

Say what? A 12-cent federal gas tax increase?

Say what? A 12-cent federal gas tax increase?

Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress’ struggle to pay for highway and transit programs. The plan offered by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., would raise the 18.4 […]

Baby boomers face budget-constrained Social Security

Baby boomers face budget-constrained Social Security

Even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement, the Social Security Administration has been closing dozens of field offices, forcing more and more seniors to seek help online instead of in person, according to a congressional report being released Wednesday. The agency blames budget constraints. As a result, seniors seeking information and help from the […]

Clinton admits to unaswered questions about Benghazi

Clinton admits to unaswered questions about Benghazi

Hillary Rodham Clinton says many unanswered questions remain about the deadly 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, even as U.S. authorities have captured their first suspect in the case. Clinton, speaking in separate interviews with CNN and Fox News, said Tuesday she was still seeking information on the attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens […]