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Debt limit focus taking center stage away from shutdown debacle

Debt limit focus taking center stage away from shutdown debacle

A possible national default loomed closer on Monday as the partial government shutdown lingered, rattling markets in the U.S. and overseas. A gridlocked Congress betrayed little or no urgency toward resolving either of the threats. Stocks got a case of the jitters on Wall Street, and halfway around the world China stressed the importance for […]

Health care law opponents smiling and saying ‘told you so’

Health care law opponents smiling and saying ‘told you so’

The glitch-ridden rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care law has opponents crowing: “Told you so!” and insisting it should be paused, if not scrapped. But others, including insurance companies, say there’s still enough time to fix the online enrollment system before uninsured Americans start getting coverage on Jan. 1. After emergency repairs over the […]

Indian tribes waste millions in taxpayer money without punishment

Indian tribes waste millions in taxpayer money without punishment

American Indian tribes have been caught misappropriating tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, according to internal tribal audits and other documents. But federal authorities do little about it — due to a lack of oversight, resources or political will. The result? Poor tribes like the Northern Arapaho of Wyoming suffer. One Arapaho manager pocketed money […]

Unfinished government work keeps piling up with no end in sight

Unfinished government work keeps piling up with no end in sight

Across America the government’s work is piling up, and it’s not just paperwork. It’s old tires and red Solo cups littering a stretch of river in Nebraska. Food poisoning microbes awaiting analysis in Atlanta. The charred wreckage of a plane in California, preserved in case safety investigators return. And it’s the dead eagle in Wendi […]

Lots of controversy facing Supremes in new court term

Lots of controversy facing Supremes in new court term

The Supreme Court is beginning a new term with controversial topics that offer the court’s conservative majority the chance to move aggressively to undo limits on campaign contributions, undermine claims of discrimination in housing and mortgage lending, and allow for more government-sanctioned prayer. Assuming the government shutdown doesn’t get in their way, the justices also […]

Obama to Americans: Don’t give up on my health care

Obama to Americans: Don’t give up on my health care

Defending the shaky rollout of his health care law, President Barack Obama said frustrated Americans “definitely shouldn’t give up” on the problem-plagued program now at the heart of his dispute with Republicans over reopening the federal government. Obama said public interest far exceeded the government’s expectations, causing technology glitches that thwarted millions of Americans when […]

Obamacare web site ‘down for repairs’

Obamacare web site ‘down for repairs’

It’s not the sign the Obama administration wants people to see on its health overhaul website: Down for repairs. Using overnight hours this weekend to debug the system, the Health and Human Service Department hopes to fix the technological problems that overwhelmed the launch of new health insurance markets. Glitches have frustrated millions of consumers […]

Woman killed near Capitol was delusional, federal cop says

Woman killed near Capitol was delusional, federal cop says

The Connecticut woman who was shot to death outside the U.S. Capitol after trying to ram her car through a White House barrier had been under the delusion the president was communicating with her, a federal law enforcement official said Friday. The woman’s mother said she had been suffering from postpartum depression. Miriam Carey’s killing […]