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Secret Service Agents reassigned

Secret Service Agents reassigned

The Secret Service has reassigned agents from its special operations division, including the top agent there, after a pair of embarrassing incidents earlier this year. The division has also changed the rules about when agents are allowed to drink before duty and on presidential trips. Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said the division’s special agent […]

Poll says Obamacare accomplishing goal

Poll says Obamacare accomplishing goal

The percentage of Americans without health insurance dipped to its lowest in nearly six years due in part to U.S. President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, commonly known as Obamacare, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. Some 15.6 percent of Americans lacked health insurance in the first three months of 2014, down from […]

Testing Obama’s work policies on federal contractors

Testing Obama’s work policies on federal contractors

President Barack Obama is using the federal government’s vast array of contractors and subcontractors as a labor policy incubator, ready to sidestep Congress to impose workplace rules on wages, pay disparities and hiring on a segment of the private sector that gets taxpayer money and falls under the chief executive’s control. Obama this week plans […]

Obamacare adds 3 million to Medicaid rolls

Obamacare adds 3 million to Medicaid rolls

Three million Americans signed up for Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s new health care law as of the end of February, the administration said Friday, offering its first full accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law. Many were newly eligible because of the law’s Medicaid expansion, while […]

Obamacare, with 7.1 million signed up, hits goal

Obamacare, with 7.1 million signed up, hits goal

Mocking his critics, President Barack Obama boasted Tuesday that 7.1 million people have signed up for his health care law, an unexpected comeback after a disastrous rollout sent his poll numbers plummeting and stirred fears among Democrats facing re-election this fall. “The debate over repealing this law is over,” he declared. Despite lingering problems with […]

Enrollment blizzard at Obamacare deadline

Enrollment blizzard at Obamacare deadline

A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy initiative. In Louisiana, wait times for callers lasted up to two hours. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee received nearly […]

Obama returning home to face many problems

Obama returning home to face many problems

A week of international prodding, outreach and reassurance behind him, U.S. President Barack Obama is returning to Washington amid looming domestic and foreign challenges, from a fast-approaching deadline for health care enrollment to renewed worries about Russia’s intentions in Eastern Europe. Obama left Saudi Arabia on Saturday, a day after meeting with the country’s aging […]