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Remembering the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Remembering the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Suzi Hileman remembers the attack as if it were yesterday, the fear and gunfire as the shooter unleashed a barrage of bullets on a crowd gathered outside a Tucson supermarket to meet then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Hileman was shot three times while trying to save her young friend and neighbor, 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green. The little […]

Conflicting court rulings on NSA spying on Americans

Conflicting court rulings on NSA spying on Americans

Opposing court rulings on the National Security Agency’s massive phone record surveillance — one threatening the program and the other supporting it — are stirring fast legal footwork as both cases start to wind their way through federal appeals courts and possibly to the Supreme Court. A conservative lawyer who persuaded a federal district judge […]

Supremes freeze same-sex marriages in Utah

Supremes freeze same-sex marriages in Utah

The Supreme Court on Monday put same-sex marriages on hold in Utah, at least while a federal appeals court more fully considers the issue. The court issued a brief order blocking any new same-sex unions in the state. The order grants an emergency appeal by the state following the Dec. 20 ruling by U.S. District […]

From ‘uninsured’ to ‘underinsured’

From ‘uninsured’ to ‘underinsured’

  For working people making modest wages and struggling with high medical bills from chronic disease, President Barack Obama’s health care plan sounds like long-awaited relief. But the promise could go unfulfilled. It’s true that patients with cancer and difficult conditions such as multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease will be able to get insurance and […]

Rabid right launches anti-Obamacare ad campaigns

Rabid right launches anti-Obamacare ad campaigns

Conservative activists opposed to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul started a new assault on the Affordable Care Act as more than 2 million people began new health coverage under the law on Thursday. One group, which is backed by the libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, launched a $2.5 million television ad campaign that […]

With Obamacare now in effect, will it work?

With Obamacare now in effect, will it work?

After a troubled rollout, President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul now faces its most personal test: How will it work as people seek care under its new mandates? Most major pieces of the Affordable Care Act take full effect with the new year. That means people who had been denied coverage because of a pre-existing […]

Roberts to White House, Congress: ‘Restore our funding!’

Roberts to White House, Congress: ‘Restore our funding!’

Congress and the White House need to restore funding to the nation’s federal courts to keep from undermining “the public’s confidence in all three branches of government,” Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday in his year-end report. Roberts has made similar calls for more money in the past. “I would like to choose a fresher […]

Hospitals, doctors expect confusion, hassles with Obamacare

Hospitals, doctors expect confusion, hassles with Obamacare

Hospitals and medical practices across the United States are bracing for confusion and administrative hassles as new insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law take effect on Wednesday. More than 2 million people enrolled in private plans offered under the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, during the initial sign-up period for health […]