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Ruth Marcus: Will justices again save Obamacare?

Ruth Marcus: Will justices again save Obamacare?

Roberts zealously guards the court's institutional standing against accusations of overreaching.

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Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance

MIAMI (AP) — Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five.

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House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., holds up two pages of resource requests from the Department of Veterans Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 24, 2014, as he questions Department of Veterans Affairs acting secretary Sloan Gibson on how to restor…

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Competing bills to fix VA would cost billions

Competing bills to fix VA would cost billions

WASHINGTON — With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans’ health care program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up the delays.

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Panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit

WASHINGTON — Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health-care law as written.

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Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers

MIAMI — Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 p…

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George Will: California's Kashkari is Goldwater 2.0

George Will: California's Kashkari is Goldwater 2.0

Republican gubernatorial candidate may lose now but help party gain traction.

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Faulty ruling on subsidies could torpedo health law

Faulty ruling on subsidies could torpedo health law

The full D.C. Circuit should reconsider and reverse its panel's 2-to-1 ruling.

July 23, 2014 6:45 pmLoading…

Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

WASHINGTON — Six years ago, the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salva…

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Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned

Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned

Placard on a tank car carrying crude oil in Trenton, North Dakota, warns of fire danger.

July 23, 2014 1:05 pmLoading…
Rules proposed to prevent oil-train fires

Rules proposed to prevent oil-train fires

WASHINGTON — Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America’s towns and cities.

July 23, 2014 1:05 pmLoading…

Undercover GAO agents get 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

WASHINGTON — Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Obama’s health-care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday.

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Board puts soda tax before San Francisco voters

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco lawmakers narrowly agreed Tuesday to place a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks on the November ballot, a move that promises to turn the election into an expensive fight between the beverage industry and public health advocates.

July 22, 2014 5:01 pmLoading…
Airlines quit Tel Aviv after rocket strike

Airlines quit Tel Aviv after rocket strike

JERUSALEM — A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel’s main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine.

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Southwest, South score low on child-welfare index

Southwest, South score low on child-welfare index

A child receives a free lunch at the Phoenix Day @ Central Park Youth Program in downtown Phoenix.

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Index ranks Arizona, other Southwest states low on child welfare

Index ranks Arizona, other Southwest states low on child welfare

ALBUQUERQUE — Several states in the Deep South and Southwest have earned dismal scores on an annual child-welfare index that cited poverty and single-parent households as worrisome trends that must be turned around for things to improve.

July 22, 2014 3:35 pmLoading…

Big issues loom for Congress as recess nears

WASHINGTON — Pressure is on Congress to act in the next two weeks on several problems, from keeping highway projects on track and easing wait time for veterans seeking health care to the humanitarian crisis at the Mexican border.

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Obama

Obama

Despite contradictory rulings by two federal courts, the Obama administration says millions of consumers will continue to receive financial aid for their health premiums.

July 22, 2014 12:48 pmLoading…
2 US courts differ on subsidies for health premiums

2 US courts differ on subsidies for health premiums

But split rulings don’t necessarily mean another trip to the Supreme Court.

July 22, 2014 12:48 pmLoading…

We're heading into a jobless future

Within two decades, we will have almost unlimited energy, food, and clean water.

July 21, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…

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