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New Supreme Court showdown over Obamacare

New Supreme Court showdown over Obamacare

President Barack Obama’s health care law is headed for a new Supreme Court showdown over companies’ religious objections to the law’s birth-control mandate. Amid the troubled rollout of the health law, and 17 months after the justices upheld it, the Obama administration is defending a provision that requires most employers that offer health insurance to […]

Ethanol’s political clout? What political clout?

Ethanol’s political clout?  What political clout?

For decades, presidential candidates’ chances in Iowa were wounded if not doomed unless they backed federal support for ethanol, a boon to the state’s corn-growing economy. That rule of politics collapsed resoundingly in the 2012 campaign when five of the six top Republican candidates said it was time for such intervention in the private market […]

Contractor hired without bids for HealthCare.gov web site

Contractor hired without bids for HealthCare.gov web site

Caught flat-footed by the challenges of building the financial-management and accounting parts of the U.S. government’s new online marketplace for health insurance, officials rushed to hire a familiar contractor without seeking competing bids, according to government procurement documents reviewed by Reuters. The documents dated in August – less than two months before the opening of […]

Can new round of fixes save Obamacare’s web site?

Can new round of fixes save Obamacare’s web site?

The Obama administration announced a flurry of fixes to its troubled HealthCare.gov website on Friday that officials said would soon double its current capacity, a crucial step toward getting the system working by a November 30 deadline. It also pushed back a deadline for people to enroll in insurance plans for 2014 under President Barack […]

Navy yard shooter’s employer hid his mental health problems

Navy yard shooter’s employer hid his mental health problems

The company that employed the Washington Navy Yard shooter pulled his access to classified material for two days in August when mental health problems became evident, but restored it quickly and never told Navy officials about the withdrawal, The Associated Press has learned. An initial Navy review revealed that the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company, The […]

Media blasts White House for blocking, filtering news

Media blasts White House for blocking, filtering news

Reporters and photographers Thursday accused the White House of deliberately blocking their access to President Barack Obama and of substituting its own “visual press releases” for independent news coverage. In a letter to White House spokesman Jay Carney, the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) and other news organizations said the practice belied the administration’s claims […]

U.S. nuke force facing ‘burnout’ from stress, exhaustion

U.S. nuke force facing ‘burnout’ from stress, exhaustion

Key members of the Air Force’s nuclear missile force are feeling “burnout” from what they see as exhausting, unrewarding and stressful work, according to an unpublished study obtained by The Associated Press. The finding by researchers for RAND Corp. adds to indications that trouble inside the nuclear missile force runs deeper and wider than officials […]

Experts: Fixing HealthCare.gov will take time, cost a lot

Experts: Fixing HealthCare.gov will take time, cost a lot

Technology experts say healing what ails the Healthcare.gov website will be a tougher task than the Obama administration acknowledges. “It’s going to cost a lot of tax dollars to get this done,” says Bill Curtis, senior vice president and chief scientist at CAST, a French software analysis company with offices in the U.S. Curtis says […]

How Reagan authorized NSA spying on Google and Yahoo

How Reagan authorized NSA spying on Google and Yahoo

Back when Yahoo was something hollered at a rodeo and no one could conceive of Googling anything, President Ronald Reagan signed an executive order that extended the power of U.S. intelligence agencies overseas, allowing broader surveillance of non-U.S. suspects. At the time, no one imagined he was granting authority to spy on what became known […]