Dems join GOP to pass bill aimed at Obamacare security

Dems join GOP to pass bill aimed at Obamacare security

The Republican-led House voted overwhelmingly Friday to bolt new security requirements onto President Barack Obama’s health care law, with 67 Democrats breaking ranks to join with the GOP. It was the first skirmish of what is certain to be a long and contentious election-year fight. The vote was 291-122 with Republicans relentlessly focusing on “Obamacare,” […]

More documents released in Christie bridge scandal

More documents released in Christie bridge scandal

A New Jersey legislative committee investigating the traffic-jam scandal that has rocked Gov. Chris Christie’s administration released hundreds of documents Friday that could shed more light on the politically motivated lane closings that created gridlock at the George Washington Bridge. The subpoenaed records — including correspondence involving Christie’s inner circle — were made public a […]

A weak month for hiring as unemployment drops

A weak month for hiring as unemployment drops

The weakest month of hiring in three years ended 2013 on a sluggish note and raised questions about whether the U.S. job market can sustain its recent strong gains. Employers added a scant 74,000 jobs in December after averaging 214,000 in the previous four months. Economists cautioned that cold weather likely played a role in […]

Doctors: Food stamp cuts could raise health care costs

Doctors: Food stamp cuts could raise health care costs

Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could be socked with bigger health bills. Maybe not immediately, they say, but over time if the poor wind up in doctors’ offices or hospitals as a result. Among the health risks of hunger are spiked rates of diabetes and developmental problems for […]

Congressmen claim Snowden’s leaks endangered U.S. troops

Congressmen claim Snowden’s leaks endangered U.S. troops

Two congressmen say a classified Pentagon report on former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden asserts that most of the documents he took concerned current military operations. “The vast majority of the material was related to the Defense Department, and our military services,” not NSA operations, House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers said in an […]

Chris Christie fires top aide for ‘abject stupidity’

Chris Christie fires top aide for ‘abject stupidity’

Moving quickly to contain a widening political scandal, Gov. Chris Christie fired one of his top aides Thursday and apologized repeatedly for the “abject stupidity” of his staff, insisting he had no idea anyone around him had engineered traffic jams to get even with a Democratic mayor. “I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct […]

GOP thinks it can remake itself into a party that helps the poor

GOP thinks it can remake itself into a party that helps the poor

Faced with an empathy gap before the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans are trying to forge a new image as a party that helps the poor and lifts struggling workers into the middle class. GOP leaders are using the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson‘s War on Poverty to offer a series of policy proposals […]

Obama expected to restrict some spying by NSA

Obama expected to restrict some spying by NSA

President Barack Obama is expected to tighten restrictions on U.S. spying on foreign leaders and also is considering changes in National Security Agency access to Americans’ phone records, according to people familiar with a White House review of the nation’s surveillance programs. Obama could unveil his highly anticipated decisions as early as next week. Ahead […]

White House in damage control mode over Gates’ book

White House in damage control mode over Gates’ book

Rushing to curb political fallout, the White House pushed back Wednesday against harsh criticism in a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates that questions President Barack Obama’s war leadership and rips into Vice President Joe Biden. The tell-all memoir from Gates has created a splash in Washington, casting a negative light on Obama’s […]