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Obamacare deadline pushed back another day

Obamacare deadline pushed back another day

As Americans scrambled to beat a deadline to sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the White House gave most consumers an extra day, until Tuesday, to obtain coverage that starts January 1. The last-minute move by the Obama administration to accommodate high demand came as it reported record traffic on HealthCare.gov, […]

Sticker shock waiting those who get health insurance

Sticker shock waiting those who get health insurance

As a key enrollment deadline hits Monday, many people without health insurance have been sizing up policies on the new government health care marketplace and making what seems like a logical choice: They’re picking the cheapest one. Increasingly, experts in health insurance are becoming concerned that many of these first-time buyers will be in for […]

Military pension cuts? Maybe, maybe not

Military pension cuts? Maybe, maybe not

The Pentagon’s top civilian says it’s time to tame burgeoning military personnel costs, but he’s facing a test of wills with the nation’s powerful veterans groups, which want no cut in their benefits. Veterans groups are fighting curbs in annual pension increases for military retirees under age 62 that are part of the new budget […]

‘Duck Dynasty’ debacle apparently over…for now

‘Duck Dynasty’ debacle apparently over…for now

Is the end near for the hysteria over Duck Dynasty honcho Phil Robertson’s attack on homosexuals and others things he doesn’t agree with? After suspending Robertson “indefinitely” from the hit reality show about a backwoods multimillionaire family that thrives on duck calls and controversy, the Arts and Entertainment Network is quietly planning to air new […]

Court says ‘nada’ to stay on Utah gay marriage ruling

Court says ‘nada’ to stay on Utah gay marriage ruling

A federal appeals court on Sunday declined to stop officials in Utah from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples following a judge’s ruling last week that overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage. Utah Governor Gary Herbert asked for an emergency stay to prevent marriage licenses from being issued to same-sex couples after U.S. District […]

More documents released on NSA spying

More documents released on NSA spying

The director of national intelligence on Saturday declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorized to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists and how a court eventually gained oversight of the program. The declassification came after the Justice Department complied with a federal […]

The rebranding of Obamacare for ‘young invincibles’

The rebranding of Obamacare for ‘young invincibles’

Last summer, White House officials planning a nationwide push to urge young adults to enroll in new health insurance plans had a big problem: Polls showed that many young, healthy people who could be key to the success of the Affordable Care Act knew little about it or its October 1 rollout. So the administration, […]

A secret sweetheart deal between NSA, technology firm

A secret sweetheart deal between NSA, technology firm

As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used computer products, the U.S. National Security Agency arranged a secret $10 million contract with RSA, one of the most influential firms in the computer security industry, Reuters has learned. Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden […]

White House spy panel: ‘Replace duplicate panel’

White House spy panel: ‘Replace duplicate panel’

For months, two review panels given nearly identical assignments by President Barack Obama have been studying how the White House should change or limit the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. They have functioned separately — with different experts and private and public hearings — but with almost the same mandate. So it was at least […]

NSA debate shifts in favor of limits on spying

NSA debate shifts in favor of limits on spying

In a sharp and unexpected shift, the national debate over U.S. government surveillance seems to be turning in favor of reining in the National Security Agency’s expansive spying powers at home and abroad. It’s happened suddenly, over a span of just three days. First, a federal judge ruled that the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone […]