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Obamacare exchanges open amid government shutdown

Obamacare exchanges open amid government shutdown

For three years, the Obama administration has been preparing for this moment: the launch of new insurance exchanges, intended to expand health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. But this…

Chuck Hagel: Government shutdown ‘astoundingly irresponsible’

Chuck Hagel: Government shutdown ‘astoundingly irresponsible’

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel appealed on Saturday for lawmakers to take action to avert a government shutdown next week, saying it was “astoundingly irresponsible” to try to influence policymaking by…

Lots of violent rhetoric in budget fights

Lots of violent rhetoric in budget fights

Ask top Democrats, and they’ll say Republicans are acting like terrorists, arsonists and people with bombs strapped to their chests. Ask some Republicans about President Barack Obama’s health care law,…

Anger isn’t the answer. It’s time to try reason and rational action

Anger isn’t the answer.  It’s time to try reason and rational action

America heads into an approaching fall in what some consider the autumn of its existence. Beset by a seemingly unending series of crises, facing yet another possible government shutdown in…

Can Obama convince skeptics, lawmakers about Syria strike?

Can Obama convince skeptics, lawmakers about Syria strike?

Congress is holding its first public hearing about U.S. plans for military intervention in Syria as President Barack Obama seeks to convince skeptical Americans and their lawmakers about the need…

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…

Budget cuts hurt defense

Budget cuts hurt defense

Pentagon officials insist they are not crying wolf when they say proposed budget cuts could severely harm the military. In a detailed and stark warning, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said…

In Congress, raising money dominates every day

In Congress, raising money dominates every day

For lawmakers in Washington, the daily chase for money can begin with a breakfast fundraiser in the side room of a Washington restaurant. At noon, there might be a $500-per-plate…

Gun control laws on shaky ground in Congress

Gun control laws on shaky ground in Congress

President Barack Obama’s prospects for winning near-universal background checks for gun purchases seemed shaky as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepared for Congress’ first votes on curbing firearms since December’s horrific…

Exiting Social Security boss faults President, Congress & others for agency’s problems

Exiting Social Security boss faults President, Congress & others for agency’s problems

Outgoing Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue has some parting shots for Congress, the White House and advocates for seniors. They have all “really walked away from Social Security,” he…