Heath care fraud now has a face

Heath care fraud now has a face

Health care fraud used to be a faceless crime — until now. Medicare and Medicaid scams cost taxpayers more than $60 billion a year, but the average bank holdup is likely to get more attention. Seeking the public’s help to catch more than 170 fugitive fraudsters, the government has launched a new health care most-wanted […]

Is Egypt another U.S. intelligence failure?

Is Egypt another U.S. intelligence failure?

U.S. intelligence agencies are drawing criticism from the Oval Office and Capitol Hill that they failed to warn of revolts in Egypt and the downfall of an American ally in Tunisia. President Barack Obama has told National Intelligence Director James Clapper that he was “disappointed with the intelligence community” over its failure to predict the […]

The cost-cutting battles begin

The cost-cutting battles begin

Congressional Republicans say they want to cut federal spending by raiding $45 billion from President Barack Obama‘s politically unpopular economic stimulus program. But they won’t be able to get their hands on most of that money. At most, only about $7 billion of the $814 billion in economic recovery money awarded under the 2009 federal […]

Stimulus savings? Forget it: It just ain’t there

Stimulus savings? Forget it: It just ain’t there

Congressional Republicans say they want to cut federal spending by raiding $45 billion from President Barack Obama’s politically unpopular economic stimulus program. But they won’t be able to get their hands on most of that money. At most, only about $7 billion of the $814 billion in economic recovery money awarded under the 2009 federal […]

Jobs report should show modest gains

Jobs report should show modest gains

Economic growth is gaining momentum, with factories busy and service firms expanding, but one critical area still lags: job creation. The Labor Department will issue its January jobs report Friday, and economists are forecasting that it will show only modest hiring. Employers are expected to add a net total of 146,000 new jobs. That’s barely […]

Protests continue in Cairo’s central square

Protests continue in Cairo’s central square

Protesters demanding President Hosni Mubarak‘s ouster packed Cairo’s central square by the tens of thousands Friday, waving Egyptian flags, singing the national anthem and cheering, appearing undaunted and determined after their camp withstood two days of street battles with regime supporters trying to dislodge them. Thousands including families with children flowed over bridges across the […]

All right, who towed my car? And where?

All right, who towed my car? And where?

As if being stranded in a blizzard for 12 hours on Lake Shore Drive isn’t bad enough, many of those hundreds of unlucky motorists haven’t found much help locating their abandoned cars. One woman relied not on the city, but a stranger she’d met during the ordeal who happened to know a tow truck driver. […]

Obama supporter a failure as ambassador

Obama supporter a failure as ambassador

As a supporter of presidential candidate Barack Obama, Cynthia Stroum was a superstar whose financial backing of the campaign landed her a plum diplomatic posting in Europe. As America’s ambassador to Luxembourg, the wealthy Seattle-based businesswoman was a disaster. According to an internal State Department report released Thursday, less than a week after she quit, […]

Winter strorm crushes much of America

Winter strorm crushes much of America

An enormous winter storm left Midwesterners shivering in its frozen footprint and crushed snow-laden buildings in the Northeast, where a combination of ice, snow and rain pushed much of the winter-cursed region to its breaking point. Wind chills were expected to dip to 30 below in parts of the nation’s midsection before the region awoke […]

GOP strategy: Lose repeal, win election

GOP strategy: Lose repeal, win election

To hear Senate Republicans tell it, the defeat of their attempt to repeal the Democrats’ health care overhaul was really a victory of sorts on the long the march to the 2012 congressional and presidential elections. The repeal effort sank Wednesday along party lines, 51-47 as expected. But in the process, Republicans forced Democrats on […]