White House admits need to crack down on NSA spying

White House admits need to crack down on NSA spying

The White House said on Monday that some constraints are needed in U.S. surveillance practices in the wake of embarrassing revelations about the sweeping nature of U.S. spying. The comment came a week after President Barack Obama drew heavy criticism over accusations that the National Security Agency had tapped the mobile phone of German Chancellor […]

Another Obamacare glitch shuts down enrollments

Another Obamacare glitch shuts down enrollments

A data center critical for allowing uninsured Americans to buy health coverage under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law went down on Sunday, halting online enrollment for all 50 states in the latest problem to hit the program’s troubled rollout. The data center operated by Verizon’s Terremark experienced a connectivity issue that caused it to shut […]

America is losing its way in war against terrorism

America is losing its way in war against terrorism

Three disclosures this week show that the United States is losing its way in the struggle against terrorism. Sweeping government efforts to stop attacks are backfiring abroad and infringing on basic rights at home. CIA drone strikes are killing scores of civilians in Pakistan and Yemen.  The National Security Agency is eavesdropping on tens of […]

Fed taking ‘wait and see’ attitude on policy shift

Fed taking ‘wait and see’ attitude on policy shift

Federal Reserve officials are unlikely to make any shift to monetary policy this week as they wait for more evidence of how badly Washington’s budget battle has hurt the U.S. economy. Indeed, they could stand pat for the rest of the year. “I would say January or March at this point,” said Scott Brown, chief […]

Yep, the Tea Party lost big-time in shutdown debacle

Yep, the Tea Party lost big-time in shutdown debacle

Victories come in many sizes. The Battle of the Little Bighorn, for example, at first seemed an overwhelming win for the Sioux. But it soon became clear their success would not last. Who really won the Alamo? The Mexicans? Try telling that to a Texan. So, who won the Battle of the Shutdown 2013? The […]

Protestors target NSA spying in America and world

Protestors target NSA spying in America and world

Protesters marched on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday to protest the U.S. government’s online surveillance programs, whose vast scope was revealed this year by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. People carried signs reading: “Stop Mass Spying,” “Thank you, Edward Snowden” and “Unplug Big Brother” as they gathered at the foot of the Capitol […]

Federal workers ordered to return jobless benefits

Federal workers ordered to return jobless benefits

Federal employees furloughed during the partial shutdown of the U.S. government this month will have to return any jobless benefits they received given that Congress has approved retroactive pay, the Labor Department said on Friday. States will have to collect and send back to the federal government unemployment benefits granted to thousands of federal workers […]

U.S. admits NSA spying caused tension with allies

U.S. admits NSA spying caused tension with allies

The United States said on Friday allegations that U.S. intelligence agencies tapped the mobile phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others in France and Italy have “posed a moment of tension” with some allies and should not undermine cooperation on such issues as Syria and Iran. “There is no question that the disclosure of […]

White House goes into damage control mode on Obamacare

White House goes into damage control mode on Obamacare

The White House sought to limit the political damage from the troubled rollout of the government’s healthcare website on Wednesday as Republicans increased the pressure to delay parts of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy. Obama administration officials held a closed-door briefing for Democrats in the House of Representatives and a private session with insurance […]

Issa widens probe of Obamacare tech glitches

Issa widens probe of Obamacare tech glitches

The Republican chairman of a key congressional oversight committee has asked Google, Microsoft and three other U.S. companies to provide details on their possible involvement in a “tech surge” aimed at fixing a website implementing President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, made the request […]

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