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Make government shutdowns illegal? A tough sale

Make government shutdowns illegal? A tough sale

There is a way to prevent government shutdowns. A change in U.S. law would keep federal workers on the job and ensure that treasured sites like the Statue of Liberty and Yosemite stay open during a budget fight, instead of becoming political pawns. The idea’s been around for three decades, but even after a 16-day […]

Unhappy at work? Grow older and it gets worse

Unhappy at work? Grow older and it gets worse

Not happy with your job? Just wait. A study by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 9 in 10 workers who are age 50 or older say they are very or somewhat satisfied with their job. Older workers reported satisfaction regardless of gender, race, educational level, political ideology and income level. […]

Another Obamacare glitch shuts down enrollments

Another Obamacare glitch shuts down enrollments

A data center critical for allowing uninsured Americans to buy health coverage under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law went down on Sunday, halting online enrollment for all 50 states in the latest problem to hit the program’s troubled rollout. The data center operated by Verizon’s Terremark experienced a connectivity issue that caused it to shut […]

America is losing its way in war against terrorism

America is losing its way in war against terrorism

Three disclosures this week show that the United States is losing its way in the struggle against terrorism. Sweeping government efforts to stop attacks are backfiring abroad and infringing on basic rights at home. CIA drone strikes are killing scores of civilians in Pakistan and Yemen.  The National Security Agency is eavesdropping on tens of […]

Health care info not used for immigration enforcement

Health care info not used for immigration enforcement

The Obama administration is stressing that information submitted while signing up for coverage under the new health care law will not be used to enforce immigration law. That’s always been the practice, but lingering fear among some immigrants that personal details could be used against them led the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to […]

Protestors target NSA spying in America and world

Protestors target NSA spying in America and world

Protesters marched on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday to protest the U.S. government’s online surveillance programs, whose vast scope was revealed this year by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. People carried signs reading: “Stop Mass Spying,” “Thank you, Edward Snowden” and “Unplug Big Brother” as they gathered at the foot of the Capitol […]

Federal workers ordered to return jobless benefits

Federal workers ordered to return jobless benefits

Federal employees furloughed during the partial shutdown of the U.S. government this month will have to return any jobless benefits they received given that Congress has approved retroactive pay, the Labor Department said on Friday. States will have to collect and send back to the federal government unemployment benefits granted to thousands of federal workers […]

At least a month needed to fix healthcare.gov site

At least a month needed to fix healthcare.gov site

It should be working well by the end of November. That’s the Obama administration’s rough timetable for completing a long list of fixes to HealthCare.gov, the new, trouble-plagued website for uninsured Americans to get coverage. Summarizing a week’s worth of intensive diagnostics, the administration acknowledged Friday the site has dozens of complex problems and tapped […]