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Supremes set to review prayer in halls of government

Supremes set to review prayer in halls of government

The Supreme Court, which asks for God’s protection before every public session, will settle a dispute over prayer in the halls of government. The case being argued at the court Wednesday involves prayers said at the start of town council meetings in Greece, N.Y., a Rochester suburb. It is the court’s first legislative prayer case […]

Some federal workers sue over government shutdown

Some federal workers sue over government shutdown

Some federal employees are suing Uncle Sam, saying the government shutdown in October violated labor laws and created unnecessary hardships from “reckless disregard.” The lawsuit, filed in Washington by five federal workers required to work without pay, claims the actions violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. The five employee work for the federal Bureau of […]

NSA spying ‘reached too far’ says John Kerry

NSA spying ‘reached too far’ says John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry’s remark that some National Security Agency surveillance “reached too far” was the first time a high-ranking Obama administration official acknowledged that U.S. snooping abroad might be seen as overzealous. After launching into a vigorous defense of surveillance as an effective counterterror tool, Kerry acknowledged to a video-conference on open government […]

Only 248 signed up for Obamacare in first two days

Only 248 signed up for Obamacare in first two days

Enrollment in health insurance plans on the troubled Obamacare website was very small in the first couple of days of operation, with just 248 Americans signing up, according to documents released on Thursday by a U.S. House of Representatives committee. The Obama administration has said it cannot provide enrollment figures from HealthCare.gov because it doesn’t […]

Hagel mad at homophobic actions against National Guard

Hagel mad at homophobic actions against National Guard

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits. “This is wrong,” Hagel said in a speech in New York. “Not only does this violate the states’ obligation […]

Uncle Sam: Internet adept and inept at the same time

Uncle Sam: Internet adept and inept at the same time

When it comes to computers, the Obama administration appears simultaneously to be a bungling amateur and a stealthy wizard. The same government that reportedly intercepted the communications of America’s leading consumer technology firms, Google and Yahoo, without leaving a trace is scorned because it can’t build a working federal website for health insurance. In a […]

Obamacare web site may have security flaws too

Obamacare web site may have security flaws too

President Barack Obama’s embattled top health official declared herself accountable Wednesday for failures of the much-maligned health insurance website as a newly surfaced government memo pointed to security concerns that were laid out just days before its launch. Despite the problems, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius defended the health care overhaul, the signature […]