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Temporary reprieve for old Social Security debts

Temporary reprieve for old Social Security debts

People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve — for now. The Social Security Administration had been participating in a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. On Monday, Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin said she […]

Some savings in health care costs?

Some savings in health care costs?

The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released Monday. The Congressional Budget Office predicts that health insurance subsidies under the so-called “Obamacare” plan will total a little more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years, instead of almost $1.2 trillion initially […]

Revelations of NSA spying earn Pulitzer Prize

Revelations of NSA spying earn Pulitzer Prize

Coverage of the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance program that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday follows a tradition of bucking the U.S. government on matters of secret intelligence. Revelations about the NSA’s secret collection of information about Americans’ phone and email records were first published last June in The Washington Post and […]

Racism drives, ‘animates’ Republican base

Racism drives, ‘animates’ Republican base

An overhaul to the nation’s broken immigration system remains stalled because “the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism,” the head of the House committee to elect Democratic lawmakers said Sunday. Rep. Steve Israel’s comments are in line with those from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi earlier this week, in which she […]

Sebelius: Obamacare’s launch timeline ‘flat out wrong’

Sebelius: Obamacare’s launch timeline ‘flat out wrong’

The Obama administration’s timeline for having ready the new health care law’s online sign-up system “was just flat out wrong,” outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview that aired Sunday. The departing health chief also said the two months when healthcare.gov was plagued with technical problems were “a pretty dismal […]

Right wing strategy: Always attack Obamacare

Right wing strategy: Always attack Obamacare

Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama’s health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans said marked the campaign’s unofficial start. A speaking program packed with potential presidential candidates weighed in on the House Republicans’ controversial budget, the party’s struggle […]

New boss, same old problems for Obamacare

New boss, same old problems for Obamacare

Abruptly on the spot as the new face of “Obamacare,” Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political. Burwell, until now White House budget director, was named by President Barack Obama on Friday to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw the messy rollout of the health care overhaul. Now […]

‘Pattern of excessive force’ by Albuquerque cops

‘Pattern of excessive force’ by Albuquerque cops

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday said institutional reform centered on more training and tools for officers is needed to curb the “patterns of excessive force” that were turned up by a civil investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department. After more than a year of reviewing hundreds of cases handled by the Police Department, the […]