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Wisconsin Democrats: Hey, we can do this for weeks

Wisconsin Democrats: Hey, we can do this for weeks

Democrats on the run in Wisconsin avoided state troopers Friday and threatened to stay in hiding for weeks, potentially paralyzing the state government in a standoff with majority Republicans over union rights for public employees. The dramatic flight from the state stalled a proposal that seeks to ease Wisconsin’s budget woes by cutting the pay, […]

House kills Obama’s health care budget money

House kills Obama’s health care budget money

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted on Friday to choke off cash to fund President Barack Obama‘s healthcare reform law, intensifying a fight with Democrats over budget cuts and deficits. The House move against the 2010 healthcare law — one of Obama’s main legislative victories — is certain to be rejected by the Democratic-led Senate, […]

Feds charge more than 100 medical pros with Medicare fraud

Feds charge more than 100 medical pros with Medicare fraud

Federal authorities charged more than 100 doctors, nurses and physical therapists in nine cities with Medicare fraud Thursday, part of a massive nationwide bust that snared more suspects than any other in history. More than 700 law enforcement agents fanned out to arrest dozens of people accused of illegally billing Medicare more than $225 million. […]

Congress begins the great budget gamble

Congress begins the great budget gamble

Having turned its focus from spending cuts to social issues and an assault on the Obama administration‘s regulatory agenda, a battle-weary House reconvenes Friday in hopes of wrapping up action on a big Republican spending bill that would impose sweeping cuts across domestic programs. The measure is but the first step in an increasingly bitter […]

Tensions heat up during Banking Committee hearing

Tensions heat up during Banking Committee hearing

Republicans escalated their push to delay and defund the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms on Thursday as top regulators warned the Senate Banking Committee of a staff and funding crunch. The chiefs of major agencies that are writing hundreds of rules mandated by Dodd-Frank told the panel at a hearing that they need more money to […]

Need a free rubber? Go to your smartphone

Need a free rubber? Go to your smartphone

Need a condom? There’s an app for that. The New York City Health Department on Monday unveiled a smartphone application that will help users locate the nearest place in the area giving out free condoms. “We want New York City to be the safest city in the world to have sex,” said Dr. Monica Sweeney, […]

Angry Colin Powell wants answers on Iraq WMD lies

Angry Colin Powell wants answers on Iraq WMD lies

Ex-secretary of state Colin Powell called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain how he was given unreliable information which proved key to the US case for invading Iraq, the Guardian reported Wednesday. Powell’s landmark speech to the United Nations on February 5, 2003, cited intelligence about Iraq leader Saddam Hussein’s bioweapons programme gained from […]

Capitol Hill budget circus continues

Capitol Hill budget circus continues

From left, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen; Defense Secretary Robert Gates; Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale, and others, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, before the HouseArmed Services Committee hearing on the Defense Department’s budget. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Conservatives are trying to cut arts funding while Democrats seek to […]

Obama makes first move in budget chess match

Obama makes first move in budget chess match

The president’s budget has all the trappings of a financial document — ledgers, tables, economic projections. But it is, foremost, a political declaration. With this budget, President Barack Obama cast himself as a sensible fiscal manager — not too harsh, not too soft — while exploiting internal Republican struggles over how much cutting is too […]