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Obama budget targets high cost of prescription drugs

Obama budget targets high cost of prescription drugs

With patients facing greater exposure to the high cost of new medications, President Barack Obama on Monday called for government to use its buying power to squeeze drug companies for…

So, who gets the biggest slice of the federal budget pie?

So, who gets the biggest slice of the federal budget pie?

Who gets what share of the federal budget pie has shifted over the decades, with the military taking less and entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid getting far…

Science knows best: Vaccinate your children

Science knows best: Vaccinate your children

Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children. President Barack Obama’s spokesman, Josh Earnest, said Friday that…

Struggling with the language of terrorism

Struggling with the language of terrorism

Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism. In the days after a deadly terror spree in Paris, President Barack Obama was…

Lower gas prices fuel economic growth

Lower gas prices fuel economic growth

The U.S. economy likely grew at a brisk clip in the fourth quarter as lower gasoline prices buoyed consumer spending, in a show of resilience despite a darkening global outlook.…

Red ink? What red ink? Let’s spend more

Red ink?  What red ink? Let’s spend more

The deficit is dead. Long live the deficit. As the nation’s ledger adjusts to decreasing levels of deficit spending, the voices in Washington calling for austerity are barely audible. Republicans…

She got America’s first Social Security check

She got America’s first Social Security check

Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 — the first Social Security payout. Fuller, of Ludlow, Vermont, didn’t realize it at…

McCain calls protestors ‘low-life scum’

McCain calls protestors ‘low-life scum’

U.S. Senator John McCain had a blunt message for demonstrators chanting for the arrest of Henry Kissinger at a Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing on Thursday: “Get out of here,…

Low prices don’t stop push for oil exports

Low prices don’t stop push for oil exports

Never mind dropping oil prices. U.S. producers are pushing harder than ever for the right to sell U.S. crude oil overseas. It might seem counterintuitive: Oil prices are as low…

A sign of the times in weather forecasts

A sign of the times in weather forecasts

They were hanging on his every word — and gesture, body movement, and definitely the facial expressions. Jonathan Lamberton, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s sign language interpreter, is…