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As year’s end nears, another crucial test for Obamacare

As year’s end nears, another crucial test for Obamacare

President Barack Obama’s new and improved health care website faces yet another test in just a couple of weeks, its biggest yet. If HealthCare.gov becomes overwhelmed by an expected year-end crunch, many Americans will be left facing a break in their insurance coverage. Until now, the main damage from the website’s technology woes has been […]

High-profile panel stumbles on trimming deficit

High-profile panel stumbles on trimming deficit

Since the end of World War II, more than a dozen high-profile bipartisan panels have been convened to tackle the nation’s thorniest fiscal problems. Seldom have their recommendations spurred congressional action. Their ambitious, high-octane reports and recommendations are mostly gathering dust on government shelves. Right now, congressional negotiators are struggling with a way to head […]

Another shutdown for Obamacare’s troubled website

Another shutdown for Obamacare’s troubled website

A crucial weekend for the troubled website that is the backbone of President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul appears to be off to a shaky start, as the U.S. government took the HealthCare.gov site offline for an unusually long maintenance period into Saturday morning. Just hours before the Obama administration’s self-imposed deadline to get the insurance […]

Black Friday may fall short of expectations

Black Friday may fall short of expectations

Reports coming into Capitol Hill Blue from reporters and readers around the country suggest “Black Friday” for 2013 isn’t what retailers expected or say they need for a successful holiday shopping season. “Some shoppes were surprised thin early morning crowds at Willow Grove Park in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suberb,” says Reuters reporter Suzanne […]

‘Black Friday’ became ‘Before Friday Thursday’ this year

‘Black Friday’ became ‘Before Friday Thursday’ this year

The holiday shopping season kicked off much earlier this year, as at least a dozen national retail chains from Macy’s to Gap to Target opened their stores on Thanksgiving Day. The sales continued through Friday. It’s an exhausting experience for some shoppers, including Curtis Akins of Tifton, Ga. The day after Thanksgiving, called Black Friday, […]

Alec Baldwin blames his MSNBC firing on ‘fundamentalists’

Alec Baldwin blames his MSNBC firing on ‘fundamentalists’

Incendiary actor/activist Alec Baldwin lost his short-lived MSNBC talk show this week over his videotaped rant where he called a photographer a “fag” as part of an obscene outburst. The announcement came Tuesday in statements from both MSNBC and Baldwin’s publicist but Baldwin, never known for keeping his mouth shut, is firing back at his […]

Thanksgiving 2013: Too little holiday and too much shopping?

Thanksgiving 2013: Too little holiday and too much shopping?

Americans gathered on Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving by stuffing turkeys and braving cold winds along parade routes, while others started the holiday shopping earlier than ever in a trend that some argued went against the spirit of the holiday. With retailers offering “Black Friday” deals before Thanksgiving tables were even set on Thursday, critics circulated […]