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Tough times for Republican moderates in swing districts

Tough times for Republican moderates in swing districts

Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick had been expected to face a tough re-election fight. Then he sided with GOP leadership and a tea party insisting that a federal spending plan to keep the government open must delay or defund President Barack Obama’s health care law. Now, with the partial government shutdown stretching into its second week, […]

Lousy reviews so far for Obama’s health exchange marketplace

Lousy reviews so far for Obama’s health exchange marketplace

The government’s new health insurance marketplaces are drawing lots of rotten tomatoes in early reviews, but people are at least checking them out. Seven percent of Americans report that somebody in their household has tried to sign up for insurance through the health care exchanges, according to an AP-GfK poll. While that’s a small percentage, […]

Republicans considering short-term debt limit increase

Republicans considering short-term debt limit increase

House Republican leaders are considering a short-term increase in the U.S. debt limit as a possible way to break out of the gridlock that threatens the nation with an unprecedented default in as little as a week, officials said Wednesday night. There now is far less urgency on Capitol Hill about ending the government shutdown, […]

Charity picks up tab for military death benefits

Charity picks up tab for military death benefits

The Obama administration, scrambling to tamp down a controversy over suspended death benefits for the families of fallen troops, announced Wednesday that a charity would pick up the costs of the payments during the government shutdown. “The Fisher House Foundation will provide the families of the fallen with the benefits they so richly deserve,” Defense […]

Obama nominates Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve

Obama nominates Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve

In a history-making selection, President Barack Obama nominated Janet Yellen to be chairman of the Federal Reserve, a critical post as the nation continues its fitful economic recovery. If confirmed she would be the first woman to lead the powerful central bank. Yellen, who currently holds the No. 2 spot at the Fed, would replace […]

Shutdown could halt disability payments to 3.8 million veterans

Shutdown could halt disability payments to 3.8 million veterans

About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told lawmakers Wednesday. Some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving spouses and dependents will see pension payments stopped. Shinseki spelled out some of the dire consequences of a longer-term shutdown in […]

Obama plans yet another meeting with Republicans

Obama plans yet another meeting with Republicans

President Barack Obama is making plans to talk with Republican lawmakers at the White House in the coming days as pressure builds on both sides to resolve their deadlock over the federal debt limit and the partial government shutdown. With the shutdown in its ninth day Wednesday and a potential economy-shaking federal default edging ever […]

Poll shows Americans blame Republicans for government shutdown

Poll shows Americans blame Republicans for government shutdown

Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It’s a struggle with no heroes. The Associated Press-GfK survey, out Wednesday, affirms expectations by many in Washington — Republicans among them — that […]

Obama to nominate first woman to head Federal Reserve

Obama to nominate first woman to head Federal Reserve

President Barack Obama will nominate Federal Reserve vice chair Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the nation’s central bank, the White House said Tuesday. Yellen would be the first woman to head the powerful Fed, taking over at a pivotal time for the economy and the banking industry. Both Yellen and Bernanke […]

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