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Yes, I worked for Republicans but, thankfully, I never became one

Yes, I worked for Republicans but, thankfully, I never became one

A time existed when my professional life revolved around the Republican Party. In 1981, I took a sabbatical from writing and shooting photos for newspapers to take a job as a press secretary for then Republican Congressman Paul Findley of Illinois.  The plan was to work a couple of years inside government to learn how […]

Even with problems, President says ‘stick with Obamacare’

Even with problems, President says ‘stick with Obamacare’

The Obama administration is appealing to its allies in Congress, on Wall Street and across the country to stick with President Barack Obama’s health care law even as embarrassing problems with the flagship website continue to mount. The website’s troubled debut was overshadowed by the partial government shutdown that started the same day the website […]

Is Obamacare costing Americans full-time jobs? Not really

Is Obamacare costing Americans full-time jobs? Not really

There is little evidence that employers are sacrificing full-time jobs by hiring more part-timers or reducing existing employee hours because of the costs of providing health coverage under Obamacare. Conservative Republicans have pointed to the high level of part-time employment as evidence businesses are cutting hours for staff in response to the new healthcare law, […]

Two states, two different political agendas by Republicans

Two states, two different political agendas by Republicans

This fall’s races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey offer a revealing window into the fight for the future of the Republican Party. Virginia’s illustrates the challenges facing the tea party movement and the fallout from the government shutdown while testing how well the GOP’s conservative wing can compete in a presidential swing-voting state. […]

Lots of red flags during Health Care Exchange web site development

Lots of red flags during Health Care Exchange web site development

Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration’s showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors. As questions […]

Merci! France unhappy with American NSA snooping

Merci!  France unhappy with American NSA snooping

The sweep and scope of National Security Agency snooping abroad forced President Barack Obama once again to hear complaints from a U.S. ally angry about the surveillance net that has sparked an international debate over the limits of American spying. France is the latest in a growing list of nations — Germany, Brazil and Mexico […]

Chris Christie drops gay marriage fight in New Jersey

Chris Christie drops gay marriage fight in New Jersey

Gov. Chris Christie dropped his fight against gay marriage in New Jersey on Monday, framing the decision in a pragmatic way: No point in fighting a losing battle. Just hours after gay couples began exchanging vows with the blessing of New Jersey’s Supreme Court, Christie announced he was withdrawing his appeal to the high court. […]

Ohio board hands President a major victory for Obamacare

Ohio board hands President a major victory for Obamacare

An Ohio legislative panel on Monday voted in favor of the state expanding its Medicaid program for the poor, in a victory for President Barack Obama’s signature federal health reform law. The decision permits Governor John Kasich, a Republican who otherwise opposes the reform law known as the Affordable Care Act, to bypass the state’s […]

Americans want Boehner, Republicans out of control of the House

Americans want Boehner, Republicans out of control of the House

According to an increasing number of polls, Americans — while fed up with Congress — are so mad at Republicans over the government shutdown and debt crisis debacle that they want the GOP out of control of the House of Representatives and Speaker John Boehner out of the Speaker’s chair. That increasing view of the […]

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