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Postal Service adds $740 million for $3.9 billion yearly loss

Postal Service adds $740 million for $3.9 billion yearly loss

The Postal Service has trimmed its losses to $740 million over the last three months by consolidating processing facilities, cutting hours for workers and post offices and reducing workers’ compensation costs, the agency said Friday. Still, year-to-date, the Postal Service had losses totaling $3.9 billion, and the agency said that without help from Congress its […]

When all candidates and elected officials are losers, how can America win?

When all candidates and elected officials are losers, how can America win?

A lot of discussion here on Capitol Hill Blue lately about partisanship, degrees of unethical or criminal behavior and whether or not one political party is better than another. Some have suggested that I am trying to avoid alienating sources on either side of the fence by laying equal blame on Democrats and Republicans, liberals […]

Congress, staffs get more protection from Obamacare costs

Congress, staffs get more protection from Obamacare costs

While the real cost of Obamacare remains a huge unknown for millions of Americans, Congress as usual found a way to exempt itself from parts of the threat that could force 535 members and their staff to face the same problems as the rest the nation. In a glaring example of how the health care […]

In a rare Congressional compromise, student loan bill hits Obama’s desk

In a rare Congressional compromise, student loan bill hits Obama’s desk

At a time when compromise appeared impossible in a gridlocked Congress, a bipartisan deal on the student loan program somehow emerged from Capitol Hill and is set for signing Friday by President Barack Obama. The compromise, which will save college students who borrow money for get an education thousands of dollars in interest charges, on […]

Ryan, Cantor appear secretly at Koch gathering in New Mexico

Ryan, Cantor appear secretly at Koch gathering in New Mexico

Charles and David Koch, the ultra conservative energy brothers who already control the Republican Party and want to control the nation as well, brought in the usual suspects to deliver the standard right-wing lines to their following of rich conservatives who gathered covertly just outside Albuquerque, New Mexico last weekend. Among those who spoke and […]

Pentagon revising same sex benefits

Pentagon revising same sex benefits

The Pentagon is poised to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August, but may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married. According to a draft Defense Department memo obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, the department instead […]

IRS manual revealed how to doctor facts

IRS manual revealed how to doctor facts

Details of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program that feeds tips to federal agents and then instructs them to alter the investigative trail were published in a manual used by agents of the Internal Revenue Service for two years. The practice of recreating the investigative trail, highly criticized by former prosecutors and defense lawyers after […]

Fannie, Freddie shutdown?

Fannie, Freddie shutdown?

Homebuyers could feel the pinch if Congress follows through on plans to shut down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-controlled mortgage guarantee giants that were rescued by a $187 billion taxpayer bailout during the financial crisis. Borrowers would probably end up paying slightly higher mortgage rates under House and Senate bills that would phase […]