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Playing the healthcare lottery in Virginia

Playing the healthcare lottery in Virginia

Mossamat Jhumu is tickled pink, as she has just won the lottery in Virginia. However, the prize is not money or merchandise but free health care. On a cold November morning, this 39-year-old woman of Bangladeshi origin was among 100 people waiting patiently outside the sleek, modern Arlington Free Clinic in the Washington suburbs. Jhumu, […]

GOP Senator wants ‘pause’ in implementing Obamacare

GOP Senator wants ‘pause’ in implementing Obamacare

Sensing an opportune time, Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte is asking for a pause in the Obamacare rollout as anxiety grows about troubles with the federal website for buying insurance and possibly low numbers of people signing up for coverage. “I’m calling on the president now to say, ‘Let’s have a time-out on this.’ Mr. President, […]

Budget, debt debacle shows Obama is a weakling with Congress

Budget, debt debacle shows Obama is a weakling with Congress

Despite his win last week in a debt ceiling standoff with Republicans, President Barack Obama has limited ability to achieve his policy goals through legislation, which could result in increased use of executive powers, administration officials and Democratic strategists said. The 16-day partial government shutdown highlighted Obama’s challenges in basic governing. Although he refused to […]

Obama puts climate change front and center

Obama puts climate change front and center

President Barack Obama is urging Americans to make climate change a political litmus test, asking them to declare they won’t vote for any politicians who don’t protect future generations from environmental devastation. Obama says Americans are already paying the price for climate change, including in lost lives and hundreds of billions of dollars. He says […]

Supreme Court strikes down federal benefits rule against gay couples

Supreme Court strikes down federal benefits rule against gay couples

In a historic victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. One decision wiped […]

Government of the inept, unqualified and unbelievable

Government of the inept, unqualified and unbelievable

In the American military, sexual abuse is so prevalent that even those in charge of overseeing programs to protect victims are themselves in jail for rape and assault. At the Internal Revenue Service, groups with the gall to question the many inept, unethical and probably illegal actions of President Barack Obama become targets of harassment. […]

Former Obama staffers try their hand at influence peddling

Former Obama staffers try their hand at influence peddling

President Barack Obama learned in his first term that he couldn’t change Washington from the inside, saying in the heat of his re-election race: “You can only change it from the outside.” Months later, his former White House aides and campaign advisers are embracing Obama’s words as a call to action. Obama veterans are building […]

End of year brings end of reality moments from political losers like Republicans and/or gun nuts

End of year brings end of reality moments from political losers like Republicans and/or gun nuts

As 2012 winds down, the final moments of the year brings more “end of reality” moments from a variety of political losers. Congressional Republicans, facing widespread public disapproval of the “our self-destructive ways or else” attitude on the upcoming and seemingly inevitable “fiscal cliff” continue to block any hope of reaching an agreement with self-destructive […]

Does racism drive anger over Obama?

Does racism drive anger over Obama?

Is it because he’s black? The question of whether race fuels opposition to President Barack Obama has become one of the most divisive topics of the election. It is sowing anger and frustration among conservatives who are labeled racist simply for opposing Obama’s policies and liberals who see no other explanation for such deep dislike […]