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Smokers face little-known severe price penalty in Obamacare

Smokers face little-known severe price penalty in Obamacare

Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to experts who are just now teasing out…

Why Tim Geithner was a divisive Treasury Secretary

Why Tim Geithner was a divisive Treasury Secretary

President Barack Obama has saluted the outgoing Timothy Geithner as one of the best U.S. Treasury secretaries ever. He’s surely been among the most contentious. Not since the Great Depression…

Congress headed for more conflict over budget

Congress headed for more conflict over budget

The nation’s sharp disagreements over taxes and spending are on a re-routed collision course, as Senate Democrats launch a plan that includes new taxes and House Republicans vow to speed…

New Pentagon challenge: Where to put women in battle

New Pentagon challenge:  Where to put women in battle

The Pentagon‘s decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat presents a daunting challenge to top military leaders who now will have to decide which, if any, jobs…

John Kerry faces confirmation hearing from his own committee

John Kerry faces confirmation hearing from his own committee

Democratic Sen. John Kerry, on a smooth path to confirmation as secretary of state, is likely to face friendly questioning when he testifies before the committee that he’s served on…

Hillary Clinton to face skeptical Congress on Libya attack

Hillary Clinton to face skeptical Congress on Libya attack

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton faces tough questions in her long-awaited congressional testimony concerning the assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens…

Gay activists: Nice talk Mr. President, now where’s the action?

Gay activists: Nice talk Mr. President, now where’s the action?

President Barack Obama’s emphatic gay-rights advocacy in his inaugural address thrilled many activists. Yet almost immediately came the questions and exhortations as to what steps should be taken next. “I…

Recession, tech cost middle class Americans their jobs

Recession, tech cost middle class Americans their jobs

Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over. And the situation…

Obama promises tough, liberal stance on fiscal issues

Obama promises tough, liberal stance on fiscal issues

President Barack Obama devoted one word — “deficit” — to the issue that brought Washington to the brink of fiscal crises time and again during his first term. But it…

Files reveal how Catholic church shielded child molesting priests

Files reveal how Catholic church shielded child molesting priests

Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep…