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House votes to delay Obamacare penalty

House votes to delay Obamacare penalty

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to delay for one year the tax penalty Americans will pay under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law if they decline to enroll in health coverage. The vote, part of a Republican election-year attack strategy against the 2010 healthcare law known as Obamacare, marked the 50th time […]

Latino leader calls Obama the ‘deporter in chief’

Latino leader calls Obama the ‘deporter in chief’

The president of a prominent Latino advocacy group called President Barack Obama the “deporter in chief,” denouncing the administration’s deportation of nearly 2 million immigrants. Janet Murguia, who heads the National Council of La Raza, also directed her anger and frustration at House Republicans for stalling on immigration legislation, which is languishing some eight months […]

As expected, GOP slams Obama’s $3.9 trillion budget

As expected, GOP slams Obama’s $3.9 trillion budget

Republicans are dismissing President Barack Obama’s new $3.9 trillion budget as nothing more than a Democratic manifesto for this fall’s congressional campaigns, but the fiscal plan is taking hits from another quarter too — anti-deficit groups. Obama on Tuesday sent lawmakers a 2015 budget top-heavy with provisions that have little chance of becoming law. They […]

So much for changes in federal flood insurance program

So much for changes in federal flood insurance program

Less than two years after Congress approved a landmark bill to overhaul the federal flood insurance program, lawmakers are poised to undo many of the changes after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp increases in premiums. The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Tuesday night that would allow sellers to give their subsidized, below-market insurance […]

Wisconsin Republicans remove sexually-abusive leader

Wisconsin Republicans remove sexually-abusive leader

Republicans who control the Wisconsin state Assembly unanimously voted to remove the majority leader from his post Tuesday amid allegations that he groped one woman and verbally abused another during a trip to Washington last week. State Rep. Bill Kramer, who had held the Assembly’s second-most powerful position since September, wasn’t at the meeting. He […]

Facebook guru targets GOP on immigration reform

Facebook guru targets GOP on immigration reform

An advocacy group affiliated with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg launched a nationwide ad on Monday that implores House Republicans to act this election year on legislation overhauling the nation’s immigration system. “Why are House Republicans cooling, retreating and even privately saying they’d rather do nothing this year?” the 60-second spot asks, then adds, “Nothing won’t […]

Obama’s $4 trillion budget: Can it accomplish anything?

Obama’s $4 trillion budget: Can it accomplish anything?

President Barack Obama is unwrapping a nearly $4 trillion budget that gives Democrats an election-year playbook for fortifying the economy and bolstering Americans’ incomes. It also underscores how pressure has faded to launch bold, new attacks on federal deficits. Obama’s 2015 fiscal blueprint, which he is sending Congress Tuesday, was expected to include proposals to […]