HHS cracks down on Indiana Medicaid plan

HHS cracks down on Indiana Medicaid plan

The Health and Human Services Department rejected changes in Indiana’s Medicaid plan Wednesday, saying it illegally bans funding for Planned Parenthood, and sought to make clear that a similar fate awaits other states that pass legislation barring any qualified health care provider. State officials signaled they would not accept HHS’ decision. In a letter sent […]

Parties posture on debt issue

Parties posture on debt issue

The threat of a first-ever default by the federal government is pushing President Barack Obama and Republicans toward a sweeping agreement to cut government spending and increase the Treasury’s borrowing authority. Yet a perennial partisan struggle over Medicare drives them apart. Remarkably, the two sides seem determined to pursue both accord and discord simultaneously, sparing […]

In the end, Anthony is just a Weiner

In the end, Anthony is just a Weiner

“Weiner Exposed.” “Weiner’s Pickle.” “Battle of the Bulge.” Those were some of the tabloid headlines lampooning Rep. Anthony Weiner as he struggled to explain how a photo of a man’s crotch had been posted to his Twitter account. The normally media-savvy New York Democrat squandered his chance to make it right with a cringe-inducing TV […]

U.S. threatened with credit rating hit if debt crisis continues

U.S. threatened with credit rating hit if debt crisis continues

Facing a dire warning from a credit rating agency, the Obama administration lobbied some of Congress’ most conservative members Thursday for an increase in the nation’s debt limit. Republicans responded that the surest way to reassure financial markets was to enact deep deficit cuts. At the White House, President Barack Obama told Democrats he expected […]

Criminal charges expected Friday against John Edwards

Criminal charges expected Friday against John Edwards

Criminal charges are likely to be filed Friday against John Edwards, the culmination of a two-year federal investigation into money used to cover up his extramarital affair during the 2008 presidential election. Edwards’ attorney Greg Craig was traveling to meet Friday with prosecutors in North Carolina, an indication that the former presidential candidate is likely […]

Democrats distort GOP Medicare plan

Democrats distort GOP Medicare plan

Democrats are distorting the fundamentals of a Republican plan to reshape Medicare, falsely accusing the GOP of pushing a proposal that tells the elderly “you’re on your own” with health care and that lets insurers deny coverage to the sick. Medicare always pushes hot buttons with voters. Both parties know this and spare no effort […]