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Health insurance mandate ruled unconstitutional

Health insurance mandate ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge in Pennsylvania said the insurance-buying mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is unconstitutional, the latest ruling over an issue likely to be taken up by the Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner in Harrisburg said the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution did not give Congress power to require […]

CIA opens New York probe

CIA opens New York probe

The CIA has opened an internal investigation into whether the agency broke a ban against domestic spying in its work with New York City police, top officials said Tuesday. Newly appointed CIA director David Petraeus, who took over the spy agency this month, said the probe by the agency’s inspector general would look at the […]

Is it government’s job to fix economy?

Is it government’s job to fix economy?

The economy needs to be fixed. On this, Democrats and Republicans agree. They part ways over how to do it and, specifically, what role the federal government should play. “Ultimately,” President Barack Obama tells Congress, “our recovery will be driven not by Washington, but by our businesses and our workers. But we can help.” His […]

Debt-ridden postal service looks to Congress for help

Debt-ridden postal service looks to Congress for help

The postmaster general is going to Congress to discuss the Postal Service‘s mounting debt. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is among the witnesses scheduled to appear Tuesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Postal Service is facing a second straight year of losses of $8 billion or more. A decline in mail […]

Economic crisis threatens pension funds

Economic crisis threatens pension funds

Pension funds in developed economies are facing a new crisis as falling equities and tumbling bond yields widen their deficits, threatening the incomes and retirement dates of future retirees. At the heart of their problems is a steady move by pension plans in the United States, euro zone, Japan and the UK to cut exposure […]

Like it or not, tea party is an influencing factor

Like it or not, tea party is an influencing factor

Bulling its way into 2012, the tea party is shaping the race for the GOP presidential nomination as candidates parrot the movement’s language and promote its agenda while jostling to win its favor. That’s much to the delight of Democrats who are working to paint the tea party and the eventual Republican nominee as extreme. […]

Dick Cheney tries to rewrite history

Dick Cheney tries to rewrite history

Dick Cheney‘s autobiography presents a robust defense of his push for the U.S. invasion of Iraq without critically examining two issues central to America’s near-failure in the war: the Bush administration’s decision to disband the country’s army and banish all members of Saddam Hussein‘s Baath Party. Cheney has said that “In My Time” would cause […]

Glenn Beck is mad as heck at John Boehner

Glenn Beck is mad as heck at John Boehner

Glenn Beck is taking his carnival sideshow to Israel next week but members of Congress won’t be going with him — at least not at taxpayers’ expense. The House Ethics Committee is barring members from attending Beck’s “Restoring Courage” rally in Israel on August 24, ruling that the gathering is a political event and cannot […]