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A combination of failures led to Benghazi attacks

A combination of failures led to Benghazi attacks

A bipartisan Senate report on the attacks on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, paints a picture of systemic failure of security for U.S. diplomats overseas that led to the deaths of the ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. The intelligence community didn’t send enough warnings, the State Department didn’t take the warnings it […]

Resistance to changes in NSA phone record keeping

Resistance to changes in NSA phone record keeping

Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans’ phone records to help the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. They’re worried about their exposure to lawsuits and the price tag if the U.S. government asks them to hold information about customers for longer than they already do. President […]

More older Americans than young applying for Obamacare

More older Americans than young applying for Obamacare

Younger people went for President Barack Obama at election time, but will they buy his health insurance? New government figures show it’s an older, costlier crowd that’s signing up so far for health insurance under Obama’s health care law. Enrollments are lower for the healthy, younger Americans who will be needed to keep premiums from […]

Without young enrollees, Obamacare could get sick

Without young enrollees, Obamacare could get sick

Now that more than 2 million people have signed up for private insurance plans created by President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, a crucial next check-up for the new marketplace will be to see how old customers are. Early data from a handful of state exchanges shows the administration needs more young adults to sign up […]

Should abortion clinics have ‘protest-free zones?’

Should abortion clinics have ‘protest-free zones?’

Eleanor McCullen clutches a baby’s hat knit in pink and blue as she patrols a yellow semicircle painted on the sidewalk outside a Planned Parenthood health clinic on a frigid December morning with snow in the forecast. The painted line marks 35 feet from the clinic’s entrance and that’s where the 77-year-old McCullen and all […]

Christie aide used secret emails to hide wrongdoing

Christie aide used secret emails to hide wrongdoing

Personal emails at the center of the brewing scandal for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may have remained secret, had the public and press relied solely on the state’s open records law. Emails disclosed this past week show a top Christie aide asking the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to shut down […]

More documents released in Christie bridge scandal

More documents released in Christie bridge scandal

A New Jersey legislative committee investigating the traffic-jam scandal that has rocked Gov. Chris Christie’s administration released hundreds of documents Friday that could shed more light on the politically motivated lane closings that created gridlock at the George Washington Bridge. The subpoenaed records — including correspondence involving Christie’s inner circle — were made public a […]

Doctors: Food stamp cuts could raise health care costs

Doctors: Food stamp cuts could raise health care costs

Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could be socked with bigger health bills. Maybe not immediately, they say, but over time if the poor wind up in doctors’ offices or hospitals as a result. Among the health risks of hunger are spiked rates of diabetes and developmental problems for […]

Chris Christie fires top aide for ‘abject stupidity’

Chris Christie fires top aide for ‘abject stupidity’

Moving quickly to contain a widening political scandal, Gov. Chris Christie fired one of his top aides Thursday and apologized repeatedly for the “abject stupidity” of his staff, insisting he had no idea anyone around him had engineered traffic jams to get even with a Democratic mayor. “I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct […]