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Republicans block Watt, will Senate Democrats force the issue?

Republicans block Watt, will Senate Democrats force the issue?

  • Nov 1, 2013
  • Source: Bloomberg
  • by: James Rowley and Cheyenne Hopkins

A U.S. Senate Republican move to block two presidential nominees has revived calls by Democrats for new rules that would make it almost impossible to thwart upcoming picks.

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Bipartisan effort takes aim at costly EPA ethanol reg

Bipartisan effort takes aim at costly EPA ethanol reg

Lawmakers hope the move will alleviate the upward pressure on food and fuel prices that are holding back economic recovery in many areas.

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Will we ever know what happened?

Will we ever know what happened?

Masked from public view, two of the U.S. military’s elite special operations commandos have been awarded medals for bravery for a mission that further undercuts the Obama administration’s original story about the Benghazi tragedy.

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Wipeout: States forced to erase healthcare plans amid Obamacare changes

Wipeout: States forced to erase healthcare plans amid Obamacare changes

  • Oct 30, 2013
  • Source: CNN
  • by: Chris Frates

President Obama may have promised Americans that they can keep their insurance if they like it, but that's not the case in at least three states where insurance companies are required to discontinue plans that don't meet Obamacare's new coverage standards.

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Money well spent? NSA spied on Pope Francis during Conclave

Money well spent? NSA spied on Pope Francis during Conclave

The National Security Agency spied on the future Pope Francis before and during the Vatican conclave at which he was chosen to succeed Benedict XVI, it was claimed on Wednesday.

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Back in court, Obamacare faces new challenges

Back in court, Obamacare faces new challenges

Lyle Denniston looks at four potentially very significant new challenges under way to Obamacare, including one argument that is growing in popularity with the law’s critics. In a very real sense, a law’s constitutionality is seldom settled once and for all; Americans are very fond of using the courts to go on challenging a law even if it has once been held valid – or more than once. For example, there is still a continuing campaign to overturn at least parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, nearly a half century after its enactment. For a more extreme example, there is still a good deal of constitutional doubt hanging over a law that Congress passed in 1867, in the wake of the Civil War, to try to stop fraud by government contractors. If a law is deeply controversial, its critics can be counted upon to try to find ever-new ways to test it. That is the reality today for President Obama’s most important domestic policy program, the overhaul of the nation’s health care system – the Affordable Care Act, or, as it is more widely known, by critics and supporters alike, “Obamacare.” From the very day in March 2010 that the President signed that measure into law, it has been under assault on three fronts: in the courts, in Congress, and in nearly three dozen states. Its central feature is a mandate that individuals obtain health insurance, or pay a penalty to the Internal Revenue Service. Many Americans believe, and even President Obama has been known to say, that the Supreme Court has upheld that mandate. Perhaps only lawyers and judges can draw a point so finely, but the Court last year actually upheld the penalty without explicitly upholding the duty to obtain insurance, and now both are scheduled to go into effect next year.

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Food stamps take center stage in farm bill debate

Food stamps take center stage in farm bill debate

  • Oct 30, 2013
  • Source: Bloomberg
  • by: Alan Bjerga & Derek Wallbank

U.S. lawmakers meeting today to reconcile House and Senate versions of agricultural policy legislation will find the table crowded with members who have deeply held and widely divergent views on food stamps.

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"You deserve better."

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius personally apologized Wednesday for the failures of the ObamaCare website, saying during a Capitol Hill hearing that the American people "deserve better."

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House to Senate: 'About Iran...'

House to Senate: 'About Iran...'

  • Oct 30, 2013
  • Source: The Hill
  • by: Julian Pecquet

House leaders are running out of patience with their Senate counterparts over Iran sanctions.

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Paul urges caution, considers holding up Yellen nomination

Paul urges caution, considers holding up Yellen nomination

  • Oct 29, 2013
  • Source: POLITICO
  • by: Kevin Cirilli

Sen. Rand Paul said on Tuesday that he plans to place a hold on Janet Yellen’s nomination to be Federal Reserve chair to try and force a vote on a bill he argues would increase transparency at the central bank.

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Thousands protest Obama's war on coal

Thousands protest Obama's war on coal

From the mines to the Hill

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Gov. Christie blames Congress for recovery delay

Gov. Christie blames Congress for recovery delay

  • Oct 29, 2013
  • Source: The Hill
  • by: Mario Trujillo

One year after Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Christie cites Congress for relief delays.

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Making the call: White House approved spying on European leaders

Making the call: White House approved spying on European leaders

  • Oct 28, 2013
  • Source: The L.A. Times
  • by: Ken Dilanian and Janet Stobart

Professional staff members at the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies are angry, these officials say, believing the president has cast them adrift as he tries to distance himself from the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that have strained ties with close allies.

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He knew.

He knew.

  • Oct 29, 2013
  • Source: NBC News
  • by: Lisa Myers and Hannah Rappleye

With deadlines approaching, millions of Americans face the prospect of having their health insurance cancelled due to Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

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Farm bill stalemate emerging

Farm bill stalemate emerging

The fight over renewing the nation's farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices.

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