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Homeland Security issues new asylum claim rules

Homeland Security issues new asylum claim rules

The Homeland Security Department has reissued asylum rules to immigration officials amid concerns that they are misinterpreting how to decide which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims. The chief of the asylum division at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has told asylum officers that immigrants who make a “credible fear” claim, the […]

April 15th tax deadline? Not really

April 15th tax deadline?  Not really

The calendar shows April 15, and you haven’t even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don’t need to fret. If you’re due a refund — and about three-fourths of filers get refunds — April 15 isn’t much of a deadline at all. The Internal Revenue Service doesn’t like to talk about it, […]

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 […]