Republican Investigators Take Aim At Health Care Law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans plan to use the investigative powers of Congress to go after President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, and they’re focusing on questions uppermost in the minds of consumers: What’s it going to cost me? Can I keep the coverage I have if I like it? Republicans can call hearings and compel […]

FDIC Proposes Bigger Fees For Big Banks

WASHINGTON — Federal bank regulators have proposed a new system of fees paid by U.S. banks that would shift more of the burden to bigger institutions to support the deposit insurance fund. The board of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. voted Tuesday to propose rules to change the basis for assessing a bank’s insurance fees […]

Jacqueline Salit: The Parties are Over

This article first appeared in Newsday on Oct. 31, 2010 Name a problem — poverty, war, out-of-control spending. The political parties offer themselves as the solution to all of the above, and more. We respond by voting for first one party, then the other, then back again. We want to let the world know we […]

DeMint Forces Internal GOP Battle Over Earmark Ban

WASHINGTON — Fresh off the tea party’s show of election might, GOP Sen. Jim DeMint said Tuesday he’ll force a showdown next week with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other old guard Republicans over “earmarked” pet projects that DeMint and other victors last week made a symbol of out-of-control deficit spending. The South Carolina […]

2012 Could Be Worse For Democrats Than 2010

WASHINGTON — Last week’s election was bad for Democrats. The next one could be worse. Senate Democrats running in 2012 will be trying to hold their jobs in states where Republicans just scored major congressional and gubernatorial victories – Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Virginia. The Democrats’ problems don’t end with senators. […]