Florida governor will expand Medicaid under Obama health law

Florida governor will expand Medicaid under Obama health law

Gov. Rick Scott announced plans Wednesday to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 900,000 more people under the federal health overhaul, a surprise decision from the vocal critic of President Barack Obama’s plan. Scott said he will ask the Legislature to expand the program under a bill that would expire in three years, after which it […]

Sen. Domenici fathered out-of-wedlock child with another senator’s daughter

Sen. Domenici fathered out-of-wedlock child with another senator’s daughter

For nearly 40 years, Sen. Pete Domenici‘s reputation was that of a well-respected — some might say staid — conservative Republican and honorable family man. But the 80-year-old New Mexico political giant’s persona was shaken Wednesday with the revelation that he had an out-of-wedlock child in the 1970s and became embroiled in what might be […]

Biden to speak at conference on gun violence

Biden to speak at conference on gun violence

Vice President Joe Biden was scheduled to speak Thursday at a gun violence conference a few miles from the scene of last year’s Newtown school shooting massacre. The conference, in Danbury, is to push President Barack Obama’s gun control proposals. It was organized by members of the state’s congressional delegation including U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, […]

Biden: Shotguns work just fine for home protection

Biden: Shotguns work just fine for home protection

  Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Americans don’t need semi-automatic weapons to protect their homes because a couple of blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders. “Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun,” the vice president encouraged those worried about defending themselves. He was speaking in an online video as part of a […]

North Korean propadanga video shows Obama, U.S. troops, in flames

North Korean propadanga video shows Obama, U.S. troops, in flames

    A new North Korean video portrays President Barack Obama and American troops in flames and says the North conducted its recent nuclear test because of U.S. hostility. The video follows a string of critical rhetoric against the United States. Another video posted earlier this month showed an American city being attacked by missiles. […]

White House says Obama’s immigration plan is ‘just a backup’

White House says Obama’s immigration plan is ‘just a backup’

The White House is downplaying its draft proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don’t come up with an immigration overhaul of their own. It won’t be necessary, Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike are telling the Obama administration. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said Sunday that President Barack Obama wants to “be […]

Mother Jones reporter wins reward for Romney ’47 percent’ story

Mother Jones reporter wins reward for Romney ’47 percent’ story

The reporter for Mother Jones magazine who broke the story of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s remarks that 47 percent of Americans “believe they are victims” is among the winners of the 64th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism. David Corn, Mother Jones’ Washington bureau chief, received the political reporting prize for his work, which […]

Hagel’s foes want a quick vote on his future

Hagel’s foes want a quick vote on his future

Republican opponents are sending signals that Chuck Hagel‘s bid to become defense secretary will probably come to an up-or-down vote soon in the Senate. That’s unless more information damaging to the nominee — and the Obama administration — surfaces in the coming week. Critics maintain the decorated Vietnam combat veteran and former senator is unqualified […]

Obama quietly shutters plan to help those difficult to insure

Obama quietly shutters plan to help those difficult to insure

Citing financial concerns, the Obama administration has begun quietly winding down one of the earliest programs created by the president’s health care overhaul, a plan that helps people with medical problems who can’t get private insurance. In an afternoon teleconference with state counterparts, administration officials said Friday the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan will stop taking […]

Brennan open to special court to control drone strikes

Brennan open to special court to control drone strikes

The White House nominee to run the CIA said setting up a special court to oversee deadly drone strikes against American citizens is worth considering but raises difficult questions over how much authority it would have in decisions currently made by the president. Expanding on his testimony a week ago, John Brennan said the White […]