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Looking for ways to stop the terrorist ‘lottery loophole’

Looking for ways to stop the terrorist ‘lottery loophole’

Lawmakers who oversee U.S. intelligence agencies are working to expand the government’s spying powers to allow it to continue electronically monitoring terror suspects who travel to the U.S. if they are already under surveillance overseas by the National Security Agency. The proposal is intended to close what lawmakers describe as a brief surveillance gap that […]

What’s this? Republicans looking at ‘options’ to government shutdown?

What’s this? Republicans looking at ‘options’ to government shutdown?

Pressure is building on fractious House Republicans over legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown, as the Democratic-led Senate is expected to strip a tea party-backed plan to defund Obamacare from the bill. As the Senate telegraphed its moves, House Republicans deliberated an array of imperfect options on both a temporary spending bill required to […]

Government shutdown won’t stop Obamacare

Government shutdown won’t stop Obamacare

Republicans pulling on the budget thread can’t neatly unravel President Barack Obama’s health care law. A partial government shutdown next week would leave the major parts of the law in place and rolling along, according to former Democratic and Republican budget officials, as well as the Obama administration itself. Health care markets for the uninsured […]

Hundreds of American security clearance records fabricated

Hundreds of American security clearance records fabricated

Federal prosecutors have documented at least 350 instances of faulty background investigations done by private contractors and special agents for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in recent years, illustrating what some lawmakers call systemic weaknesses in the granting of federal security clearances. Reuters calculated the total by reviewing court documents and press releases from […]

Efforts to derail Obamacare headed for defeat in the Senate

Efforts to derail Obamacare headed for defeat in the Senate

The Democratic-controlled Senate is on a path toward defeating tea party attempts to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law, despite an overnight talkathon on the chamber’s floor led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. The freshman Cruz and other conservative Republicans were trying to delay a must-pass spending bill, but were virtually sure to lose […]

Premium costs for Obamacare begin to surface

With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents. Before tax credits that work like an upfront discount for most consumers, sticker-price premiums for a mid-range benchmark plan will average $328 a […]

Growing rifts among Republicans complicate funding bill efforts

Growing rifts among Republicans complicate funding bill efforts

A trio of Tea Party-backed U.S. senators threatening to stall a bill to fund the U.S. government ran into a wall of resistance Monday from top Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In statements issued Monday evening, McConnell and the second-ranking Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, made it clear that they would not support […]

Navy Yard shooter lied in application for security clearance

Navy Yard shooter lied in application for security clearance

The Washington Navy Yard shooter lied about a previous arrest and failed to disclose thousands of dollars in debts when he applied for a security clearance in the Navy. Then federal investigators dismissed the omissions, and made one of their own — deleting any reference to Aaron Alexis’ use of a gun in that arrest. […]

Climate change opponents brace for a fight with Obama

Climate change opponents brace for a fight with Obama

Republican lawmakers and industry groups are vowing to fight President Barack Obama’s climate change plan and its first-ever emission limits on new power plants. But they’re finding their options are limited — at least in the short term. Although the emission rules are just one component of Obama’s plan, critics are looking for an early […]

Heath care law battle reunites Obama with Bill Clinton

Heath care law battle reunites Obama with Bill Clinton

Health care is reuniting President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton. The two are set to appear together Tuesday to discuss Obama’s health care law at a session sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative, the former president’s foundation. The joint appearance comes exactly one week before people who don’t have health insurance can start […]