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Delay increases concern about Obamacare

Delay increases concern about Obamacare

The sudden delay of a major part of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul is raising questions about other potential problems lurking in the homestretch. The requirement that many employers provide coverage is just one part of a complex law. But its one-year postponement has taken administration allies and adversaries alike by surprise. White […]

A White House barbeque to thank troops

A White House barbeque to thank troops

President Barack Obama is noting that it’s not just the nation’s birthday, it’s his daughter Malia’s, too. At a sun-splashed Independence Day barbeque on the White House South Lawn, the president and first lady Michele Obama thanked members of the military for their service to the nation. The Declaration of Independence was adopted 237 years […]

The Fourth of July

The Fourth of July

As America pauses to celebrate the Fourth of July, Capitol Hill Blue founder and publisher Doug Thompson, who is also a photographer and filmmaker, put together a short video on Independence Day. Even tough Thompson earlier wrote a column expressing doubts that America is truly a free or independent nation today, this video clip expresses […]

Key element of Obamacare delayed

Key element of Obamacare delayed

President Barack Obama’s health care law, hailed as his most significant legislative achievement, seems to be losing much of its sweep. On Tuesday, the administration unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until after the 2014 elections, in a central requirement of the law that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines. […]

Illinois governor vetoes part of state’s new concealed carry law

Illinois governor vetoes part of state’s new concealed carry law

Illinois governor Pat Quinn on Tuesday vetoed parts of a gun bill that would have allowed people to carry more than one gun, carry guns into some places that serve alcohol, and carry a partly exposed gun. Flanked by parents of gun violence victims, Democrat Quinn said at a press conference that he objected to […]

Budget cuts hurt federal funding to fight wildfires

Budget cuts hurt federal funding to fight wildfires

This year’s across-the-board budget cuts are slicing tens of millions of dollars from the federal government’s funds for battling wildfires, reductions that have meant fewer firefighters and could cause agencies to dip into other programs designed to prevent future blazes. The U.S. Forest Service‘s $2 billion-a-year firefighting budget, which comprises the bulk of the federal […]

Americans swamped, angered by flood insurance changes

Just a year after Congress imposed significant changes in the government’s oft-criticized flood insurance program, howls of protest from homeowners facing higher premiums have coastal lawmakers pressing for delays that would preserve below-cost rates for hundreds of thousands of people in flood-risk areas. The government can’t say how many people could confront higher premiums, but […]

So, what’s a little spying among friends?

So, what’s a little spying among friends?

President Barack Obama had a simple answer to European outrage over new allegations that the U.S. spies on its allies: The Europeans do it too. Obama said Monday during his trip to Africa that every intelligence service in Europe, Asia and elsewhere does its best to understand the world better, and that goes beyond what […]

Snowden withdraws request for Russian asylum

Snowden withdraws request for Russian asylum

NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s attempts to seek refuge outside the United States hit hurdles Tuesday, after Russian media reported he canceled his asylum bid in Russia and several European countries said such applications wouldn’t be considered if they were made from abroad. Russian news agencies Tuesday quoted President Vladimir Putin‘s spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying […]