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Deja vu? U.S. has a new debt limit to face

Deja vu?  U.S. has a new debt limit to face

The U.S. government is getting a new borrowing cap Friday, almost four months after Washington defused October’s government shutdown and debt crisis. The new cap on borrowing is expected to be about $17.2 trillion. It means Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will have to employ bookkeeping maneuvers to keep the government functioning until Congress further raises […]

Anti-Obamacare rants: Facts don’t support rhetoric

Anti-Obamacare rants:  Facts don’t support rhetoric

As is normal in political debates, the facts come up short of matching rhetoric, especially when it comes to anti-Obamacare rants from the usual collective of Republican naysayers. The rabid right has jumped on a new report from the Congressional Budget Office that claims the new healthcare law will “encourage” millions of Americans to quit […]

Hagel wants military crackdown on ethical lapses

Hagel wants military crackdown on ethical lapses

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants military leaders to inject more urgency into ensuring “moral character and moral courage” in a force suffering a rash of ethical lapses. Hagel has been worried by a string of scandals that has produced a wave of unwelcome publicity for the military. But in light of new disclosures this week, […]

FAA wants inspections of airport towers

FAA wants inspections of airport towers

A lightning strike that injured an air traffic controller at Baltimore’s main airport has exposed a potential vulnerability at airport towers during storms and is prompting Federal Aviation Administration officials to inspect hundreds of towers nationwide, The Associated Press has learned. The FAA will look for problems with the lightning protection systems for airport towers, […]

Who really benefits from new farm bill?

Who really benefits from new farm bill?

It isn’t just farmers who will benefit from the sweeping farm bill that Congress has sent President Barack Obama. There’s also help for rural towns, grocery stores in low-income areas and, most notably, the nation’s 47 million food stamp recipients. After years of setbacks, the Senate passed the nearly $100 billion-a-year measure Tuesday on a […]

Does new health care law mean fewer people on the job?

Does new health care law mean fewer people on the job?

Several million American workers will cut back their hours on the job or leave the nation’s workforce entirely because of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, congressional analysts said Tuesday, adding fresh fuel to the political fight over “Obamacare.” The workforce changes would mean nationwide losses equal to 2.3 million full-time jobs by 2021, in […]

New data on how NSA sought data on Americans

New data on how NSA sought data on Americans

Major technology firms have released new data on how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government for secret national security investigations, resulting in the collection of data on thousands of Americans. That release came after the companies were freed by a recent legal deal with government lawyers. The publications disclosed […]

Christie aides face deadlines on subpoenas

Christie aides face deadlines on subpoenas

Top aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie face a deadline on Monday to reply to document subpoenas made by state lawmakers investigating a traffic scandal that has threatened the Republican governor’s political future. Lawmakers are investigating an incident from last September, at the height of Christie’s re-election campaign, in which aides to Christie ordered […]