Slicing up the trillion dollar budget pie

Slicing up the trillion dollar budget pie

As Washington empties out for the holidays, a final budget fight will play out in the nearly empty Capitol building as congressional staffers parcel out more than $1 trillion to fund everything from cybersecurity to student loans. Unlike the knock-down budget battles that paralyzed government for much of the year, this debate will largely take […]

Military pension cuts? Maybe, maybe not

Military pension cuts? Maybe, maybe not

The Pentagon’s top civilian says it’s time to tame burgeoning military personnel costs, but he’s facing a test of wills with the nation’s powerful veterans groups, which want no cut in their benefits. Veterans groups are fighting curbs in annual pension increases for military retirees under age 62 that are part of the new budget […]

‘Duck Dynasty’ debacle apparently over…for now

‘Duck Dynasty’ debacle apparently over…for now

Is the end near for the hysteria over Duck Dynasty honcho Phil Robertson’s attack on homosexuals and others things he doesn’t agree with? After suspending Robertson “indefinitely” from the hit reality show about a backwoods multimillionaire family that thrives on duck calls and controversy, the Arts and Entertainment Network is quietly planning to air new […]

Court says ‘nada’ to stay on Utah gay marriage ruling

Court says ‘nada’ to stay on Utah gay marriage ruling

A federal appeals court on Sunday declined to stop officials in Utah from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples following a judge’s ruling last week that overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage. Utah Governor Gary Herbert asked for an emergency stay to prevent marriage licenses from being issued to same-sex couples after U.S. District […]

Manchin: Obamacare may suffer ‘complete meltdown’

Manchin: Obamacare may suffer ‘complete meltdown’

President Barack Obama’s healthcare law could have a “meltdown” and make it difficult for his Democratic Party to keep control of the U.S. Senate next year if ongoing problems with the program are not resolved, a Democratic senator said on Sunday. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has urged delaying a penalty for people […]

More documents released on NSA spying

More documents released on NSA spying

The director of national intelligence on Saturday declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists and how a court eventually gained oversight of the program. The declassification came after the Justice Department complied with a federal […]

The rebranding of Obamacare for ‘young invincibles’

The rebranding of Obamacare for ‘young invincibles’

Last summer, White House officials planning a nationwide push to urge young adults to enroll in new health insurance plans had a big problem: Polls showed that many young, healthy people who could be key to the success of the Affordable Care Act knew little about it or its October 1 rollout. So the administration, […]

A secret sweetheart deal between NSA, technology firm

A secret sweetheart deal between NSA, technology firm

As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used computer products, the U.S. National Security Agency arranged a secret $10 million contract with RSA, one of the most influential firms in the computer security industry, Reuters has learned. Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden […]

Obama concentrates on year’s ups, not downs

Obama concentrates on year’s ups, not downs

Has the fifth year of his presidency been its worst? President Barack Obama laughs off such questions even as he acknowledges many months of frustrating ups and down. “That’s not how I think about it,” Obama told reporters during his annual end-of-the year news conference. Instead of brooding about tumbling approval ratings, the disastrous rollout […]

Obama drops block to secret court ruling on NSA

Obama drops block to secret court ruling on NSA

The Obama administration has dropped its objection to the publication of a secret court opinion on the law that authorizes the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records. The Justice Department told the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in a filing Friday that the department won’t object if the court decides to […]