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Putin pushing dangerous path says American general

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine is fanning nationalist sentiments that could spread across the region with dangerous, unpredictable consequences, the US military’s top officer said. General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Putin was pursuing an “aggressive” agenda that flouts sovereignty and seeks to address alleged grievances harbored by Moscow since the demise of the Soviet Union. “If I have a fear about this, it’s that Putin may actually light a fire that he loses control of,” Dempsey said at a security conference in Aspen, Colorado. Speaking hours after US officials
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SSA’s $300 million disability computer system doesn’t work

After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can’t get it to work. And officials can’t say when it will. Six years ago, Social Security embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. But the project has been racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency. Today, the project is still in the testing phase, and the agency can’t say when it will be operational or how much it will cost. In the
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Federal judges follow party lines in different courts

In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them. It was the latest illustration that presidents help shape their legacies by stocking the federal bench with judges whose views are more likely to align with their own. The legal drama played out Tuesday in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, on two appeals courts that Obama has transformed through 10 appointments in 5½ years. In the first ruling, a divided three-judge panel of
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Undercover investigators obtain Obamacare subsidies

Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law. The weak link in the system seemed to be call centers that handled applications for thousands of consumers unable to get through online. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office was to tell a House committee on Wednesday that its investigators were able to get subsidized health care under fake names in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is still paying premiums for the policies, even as the Obama administration attempts to verify phony documentation. Those additional checks appeared to need tightening;
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