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Story on ethanol draws sharp response from industry

Story on ethanol draws sharp response from industry

A new Associated Press investigation, which found that ethanol hasn’t lived up to some of the government’s clean-energy promises, is drawing a fierce response from the ethanol industry. In an unusual campaign, ethanol producers, corn growers and its lobbying and public relations firms have criticized and sought to alter the story, which was released to […]

Posturing Palin pushes right-wing fanaticism in Iowa

Posturing Palin pushes right-wing fanaticism in Iowa

Failed Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, hanging on to her gadfly position with the obstinate tea party, claimed in Iowa Saturday that the right wing needs “to stiffen our back” and demand accountability from Republicans. An ironic statement for Palin, who resigned as Alaska governors before voters in that state could hold […]

More serious problems for Obamacare web site

More serious problems for Obamacare web site

Call it the misfit gift that keep on giving problems and headaches. There are more troubles for the Obama administration‘s troubled and error-prone HealthCare.Gov website. Adviser Jeffrey Zients said Friday that the trouble-plagued federal healthcare website is improving, but that higher volumes of visitors are exposing new capacity and software issues. Zients, speaking in a […]

Hike in jobs numbers defied government shutdown

Hike in jobs numbers defied government shutdown

The government shutdown may have affected October’s jobs numbers. But not how you think. For weeks, the White House had been bracing for a bad report on hiring. Like pregame analysts ahead of a lopsided sports match, White House economists and aides lowered expectations and blamed October’s partial government shutdown for the inevitable bad news […]

Snowden used other NSA workers’ passwords to access secrets

Snowden used other NSA workers’ passwords to access secrets

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden used login credentials and passwords provided unwittingly by colleagues at a spy base in Hawaii to access some of the classified material he leaked to the media, sources said. A handful of agency employees who gave their login details to Snowden were identified, questioned and removed from […]

Hundreds of fixes needed for health care website

Hundreds of fixes needed for health care website

Prodded to be more candid with Congress, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday the administration’s flawed health care website needed a couple of hundred fixes when it went online more than a month ago and conceded, “we’re not there yet” in making all needed repairs. At the same time, she turned aside […]

Nearly 50 million Americans are now poor

Nearly 50 million Americans are now poor

The number of poor people in America is 3 million higher than the official count, encompassing 1 in 6 residents due to out-of-pocket medical costs and work-related expenses, according to a revised census measure released Wednesday. The new measure is aimed at providing a fuller picture of poverty, but does not replace the official government […]

Serious security issues for Obamacare web site?

Serious security issues for Obamacare web site?

Obama administration officials are facing mounting questions about whether they cut corners on security testing while rushing to meet a self-imposed deadline to launch online health insurance markets. Documents show that the part of HealthCare.gov that consumers interact with directly received only a temporary six-month security certification because it had not been fully tested before […]