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Lots of red flags during Health Care Exchange web site development

Lots of red flags during Health Care Exchange web site development

Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration’s showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors. As questions […]

Obama: ‘There’s no sugar coating’ health care rollout problems

Obama: ‘There’s no sugar coating’ health care rollout problems

President Barack Obama on Monday said there was “no excuse” for the cascade of computer problems that have marred the rollout of key elements in his health care law, but declared he was confident the administration would be able to fix the issues. “There’s no sugarcoating it,” Obama said. “Nobody is more frustrated than I […]

Government shutdown: Can the sequel be even worse?

Government shutdown: Can the sequel be even worse?

The partial government shutdown has ended but that doesn’t mean anyone has a solid idea for dodging a potential sequel. The legislative stalemate was resolved last week, but a possible repeat could loom on the horizon. Lawmakers approved a budget that keeps the lights on through Jan. 15 and lets the Treasury Department continue to […]

Former U.S. informant says America abandoned her

Former U.S. informant says America abandoned her

A former confidential informant working for the United States in Colombia claims in a lawsuit that the U.S. government abandoned her when she got into legal trouble for her undercover operations, and she wound up spending three years in a Colombian jail. Astrid Hurtado is seeking $15 million in damages. Hurtado, 52, first worked as […]

Budget, debt debacle shows Obama is a weakling with Congress

Budget, debt debacle shows Obama is a weakling with Congress

Despite his win last week in a debt ceiling standoff with Republicans, President Barack Obama has limited ability to achieve his policy goals through legislation, which could result in increased use of executive powers, administration officials and Democratic strategists said. The 16-day partial government shutdown highlighted Obama’s challenges in basic governing. Although he refused to […]

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 […]