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AP boss: Obama’s actions threaten freedom of the press

AP boss: Obama’s actions threaten freedom of the press

Governments that try to force citizens to decide between a free press and national security create a “false choice” that weakens democracy, and journalists must fight increasing government overreach that has had a chilling effect on efforts to hold leaders accountable, the president and CEO of The Associated Press said. Gary Pruitt told the 69th […]

Obamacare rollout pretty much of a error-prone debacle

Obamacare rollout pretty much of a error-prone debacle

Last week, President Barack Obama gathered some of his top advisers in the Oval Office to discuss the problem-plagued rollout of his health care legislation. He told his team the administration had to own up to the fact that there were no excuses for not having the health care website ready to operate on Day […]

JPMorgan Chase will pay $13 billion settlement in mortgage case

JPMorgan Chase will pay $13 billion settlement in mortgage case

A person familiar with negotiations between the federal government and JPMorgan Chase & Co. says the bank has tentatively agreed to pay $13 billion to settle allegations surrounding the quality of mortgage-backed securities it sold in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis. The person tells The Associated Press that the tentative settlement was negotiated […]

NSA failed to install latest anti-leak software to stop Snowden

NSA failed to install latest anti-leak software to stop Snowden

The U.S. National Security Agency failed to install the most up-to-date anti-leak software at a site in Hawaii before contractor Edward Snowden went to work there and downloaded tens of thousands of highly classified documents, current and former U.S. officials told Reuters. Well before Snowden joined Booz Allen Hamilton last spring and was assigned to […]

Is Homeland Security shifting focus away from immigration?

Is Homeland Security shifting focus away from immigration?

President Barack Obama’s selection of a former top Pentagon lawyer to head the Homeland Security Department suggests the agency will be stepping back from its preoccupation with immigration to focus more on protecting the nation from attack. Jeh C. Johnson, if confirmed by the Senate, would replace Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who left the […]

And so it begins: Less partisan budget talks in Washington?

And so it begins:  Less partisan budget talks in Washington?

Lawmakers launched an effort to resolve budget differences in a less confrontational fashion on Thursday as Washington picked up the pieces from a political crisis that has slowed the economy and undermined the country’s international standing. As hundreds of thousands of federal employees returned to work, Republican and Democratic negotiators held their first meeting to […]

Government reopens but lots still left to do

Government reopens but lots still left to do

The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on U.S. obligations. Early Thursday, President Barack Obama signed the measure, which the House and Senate passed late Wednesday, ending a brawl with Republicans who tried to […]

Effects from shutdown could linger into 2014

Effects from shutdown could linger into 2014

  Republicans eyeing possible White House bids in 2016 largely opposed a bill in Congress to avert a default and end a 16-day partial government shutdown, rejecting a measure that could shape upcoming elections. The vote split a group of GOP House members plotting Senate bids. A majority of Republicans in the Senate supported the […]

Even a last minute deal won’t end the turmoil that lies ahead

Even a last minute deal won’t end the turmoil that lies ahead

Hold the champagne. Even if Congress reaches a last-minute or deadline-busting deal to avert a federal default and fully reopen the government, elected officials are likely to return to their grinding brand of brinkmanship — perhaps repeatedly. House-Senate talks are barely touching the underlying causes of debt-and-spending stalemates that pushed the country close to economic […]