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Average health insurance tax credit for Obamacare estimated at $2,700

WASHINGTON — Americans who buy health insurance outside their jobs next year can expect an average tax credit of nearly $2,700 to help them obtain coverage on the new state insurance marketplaces, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

August 14, 2013 5:14 pm
Obama wants more surveillance oversight

Obama wants more surveillance oversight

WASHINGTON - President Obama unveiled a series of proposals Friday that could curtail the federal government's ability to spy on Americans, in light of eroding confidence by the public after recent leaks about the massive surveillance programs.

August 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
70 masticating goats at work clearing historic DC cemetery

70 masticating goats at work clearing historic DC cemetery

WASHINGTON - The bleating of the goats Wednesday didn't disturb the residents of Congressional Cemetery, a burial ground for hundreds of senators, congressmen, a couple of vice presidents and iconic figures such as FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover and composer John Philip Sousa.

August 08, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…

Health-insurance exchanges may miss deadlines

WASHINGTON - The opening of the health-insurance marketplaces in October - key the president's health plan - is in jeopardy because of looming questions about information security.

August 08, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Mortgage help high on Obama wish list

PHOENIX - Proclaiming a rebounding housing market, President Obama on Tuesday pressed Congress to help more Americans secure cheaper mortgages - or affordable rentals - and stressed a need to limit government involvement in the mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

August 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

US gears up for massive, difficult land buyback to make amends to tribes

WASHINGTON - After bungling the management of Indian lands for generations, the federal government wants to make amends by spending nearly $2 billion to buy 10 million acres of land for 150 tribes across the nation.

August 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Obama reverses FEMA, OKs aid for Texas town

Obama reverses FEMA, OKs aid for Texas town

WASHINGTON - President Obama overruled the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday and signed a declaration saying there's a "major disaster" in West, Texas, where a fertilizer plant explosion in April killed 15 people and destroyed much of the town.

August 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Al-Qaida is poised to strike, US warns

WASHINGTON - The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens Friday as it suspended operations in 21 Muslim countries in response to "current information" that suggests al-Qaida-affiliated militant groups might strike within the next month.

August 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Trains, not pipelines, channel new oil boom

Trains, not pipelines, channel new oil boom

DELAWARE CITY, Del. - Who needs a pipeline when you have a railroad?

August 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Senators seek big changes in secret court

WASHINGTON - Three key members of the Senate introduced legislation Thursday that would change the way the country's secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court functions and how its members are selected.

August 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Want to be ambassador? Be a big donor

WASHINGTON - There's the vice president of global licensing and retail at the HBO television network, the senior managing partner for a consulting firm based in Chicago and a Miami trial attorney who makes a living suing insurance companies.

August 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Ad wars heat up amid health care enrollment push

WASHINGTON - Amid a resurgent effort by critics to attack the 2010 health care law, the Obama administration and its allies are focusing on enrolling millions of Americans in coverage next year and making sure the new state health insurance exchanges will be ready for open enrollment in October.

July 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Ex-CIA officer: US inflated threat from cleric, shielded Bush

WASHINGTON - A former CIA officer has broken the U.S. silence around the 2003 abduction of a radical Islamist cleric in Italy, charging that the agency inflated the threat the preacher posed and that the United States then allowed Italy to prosecute her and other Americans to shield Presiden…

July 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Justice Dept. challenges Texas in first salvo over voting rights

Justice Dept. challenges Texas in first salvo over voting rights

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration announced Thursday that it will legally contest a series of laws around the country as part of an aggressive campaign to fight a recent Supreme Court ruling that it says could reduce minority voting.

July 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gov't is spying too much, say most in survey

WASHINGTON - Americans are fed up with the federal government snooping on their phone calls, emails and Internet use, and they want curbs on what can be monitored, majorities say in a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

July 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Group seeks to avoid next Trayvon Martin

Group seeks to avoid next Trayvon Martin

WASHINGTON - Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon Martin, appeared on Capitol Hill Wednesday, saying he saw an opportunity for a positive outcome from his son's death.

July 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obama vows to boost middle class, attacks 'endless' opposition

WARRENSBURG, Mo. - President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday to use "every minute, every second" of the rest of his second term to boost the middle class, even as he took Republicans to task, arguing that an "endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals" has taken Wash…

July 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

With mood shifting, Congress may move to limit NSA spying

WASHINGTON - Congress is growing increasingly wary of controversial National Security Agency domestic surveillance programs, a concern likely to erupt during legislative debate - and perhaps prod legislative action - as early as this week.

July 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

High court preserves affirmative action

WASHINGTON - Affirmative action in university admissions survives for now, under a Supreme Court ruling in a closely watched case that involves the University of Texas.

June 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Military's sex-assault problem gnaws at Sen. Boxer

Military's sex-assault problem gnaws at Sen. Boxer

WASHINGTON - Sen. Barbara Boxer says she never imagined how long she'd have to keep fighting to protect women and men in uniform from sexual assault.

June 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Military trial in WikiLeaks case to start

Military trial in WikiLeaks case to start

WASHINGTON - Amid secrecy and spectacle, the long-awaited court-martial of WikiLeaks linchpin Bradley E. Manning starts Monday.

June 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Child mental health disorders prevalent and rising, report finds

WASHINGTON - Up to one in five American youngsters - some 7 million to 12 million by one estimate - experience a mental-health disorder each year, according to a new report billed as the first comprehensive look at the mental-health status of American children.

May 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Emails reveal CIA edits to Benghazi talking points

WASHINGTON - President Obama succumbed to days of withering criticism Wednesday, releasing dozens of emails in an effort to demonstrate that the White House did not try to cover up information about the September 2012 attacks on diplomatic facilities in Libya that killed four Americans.

May 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Feds want DUI threshold cut to 0.05%

WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board recommended Tuesday that states lower their threshold for drunken driving with the goal of reducing alcohol-related fatal crashes, which have held steady for much of the past 15 years.

May 15, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…

White House warns budget cuts will be 'deeply destructive'

WASHINGTON - Budget cuts set to hit federal agencies next year would be "deeply destructive to national security, domestic investments and core government functions," the Obama administration said in a report released Friday outlining the impact of a law Congress passed and President Obama s…

September 15, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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