Pelosi claims Democrats not abandoning Obamacare

Pelosi claims Democrats not abandoning Obamacare

The top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Sunday that her party would not abandon President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform law, despite unrelenting Republican opposition and emerging signs of market turmoil for consumers and health insurers. Two days after 39 House Democrats joined Republicans on a bill aimed at undermining the […]

‘Duck Dynasty’ candidate wins Congressional seat

‘Duck Dynasty’ candidate wins Congressional seat

Republican businessman Vance McAllister, a political newcomer who boasts of never having visited Washington, D.C., won a special election in Louisiana on Saturday to fill the congressional seat formerly held by fellow Republican Rodney Alexander. In a runoff to fill Louisiana’s vacant 5th Congressional District, McAllister took 60 percent of the vote against fellow Republican […]

Obamacare website upgrade this weekend?

Obamacare website upgrade this weekend?

The Obama administration hopes to upgrade the performance of its faltering HealthCare.gov website this weekend by adding new capacity just two weeks before a crucial deadline for having it running smoothly, a presidential adviser said on Friday. “We will be bringing additional servers online, as well as additional database capacity and data storage. With these […]

Obama rebuked by 39 Dems who vote for GOP bill

Obama rebuked by 39 Dems who vote for GOP bill

In the most significant legislative rebuke to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, 39 members of his Democratic Party voted for a Republican bill in the House of Representatives on Friday aimed at undermining his signature domestic policy. The measure from Republican Representative Fred Upton of Michigan passed 261-157. Thirty-nine Democrats, nearly a fifth of the […]

Mounting woes for problem-plagued Obamacare debacle

Mounting woes for problem-plagued Obamacare debacle

A tiny fraction of the hoped-for millions have signed up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, the government said on Wednesday, highlighting the scale of problems bedeviling Obama’s biggest domestic policy achievement. The law also confronted its most threatening legislative challenge since enactment in 2010, with Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley agreeing to […]

Governor signs Hawaii gay marriage bill into law

Governor signs Hawaii gay marriage bill into law

Hawaii‘s governor on Wednesday signed into law a bill extending marriage rights to same-sex couples in the state, long popular as a wedding and honeymoon destination and regarded as a pioneer in advancing the cause of gay matrimony. With the signing by Governor Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii became the 15th U.S. state to legalize marriage for […]

Senate committee votes to continue NSA mass spying

Senate committee votes to continue NSA mass spying

The Senate Intelligence Committee approved legislation on Thursday that would tighten controls on the government’s sweeping electronic eavesdropping programs but allow them to continue. In a classified hearing, the panel voted 11-4 for a measure that puts new limits on what intelligence agencies can do with bulk communications records and imposes a five-year limit on […]

Obama orders NSA to stop spying on World Bank, IMF

Obama orders NSA to stop spying on World Bank, IMF

President Barack Obama has ordered the National Security Agency to stop eavesdropping on the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank as part of a review of intelligence gathering activities, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter. The order is the latest move by the White House to demonstrate that it […]