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Senate balks at votes on Friday

While a lot of Americans work all kinds of different hours, the Monday-to-Friday work week is still pretty common for millions of people. But that's not the case in the U.S. Senate. For a few hours on Thursday, it looked like the Senate would hang around on Friday - even ...

NASA struggles with future focus

Last Friday night, my kids were thrilled to have "Space Night" at their elementary school, as they were able to meet a real NASA astronaut, learn a little about satellites and planets, and dream about what it might be like to go into space. They were excited when I told ...

GAO urges more attention on Pentagon waste

As the Government Accountability Office handed Congress yet another report which was chock full of ideas on how to cut down on duplication and waste inside the federal government, one agency again got a big share of attention from investigators - the Pentagon. "There's a lot of duplication," said Gene ...

Obama Administration backs off cuts to Medicare Advantage

Under fire in both parties, the Obama Administration on Monday reversed plans for cuts to the Medicare Advantage program, a move that was quickly denounced by Republicans as nothing more than an effort to preserve Democratic seats in Congress in 2014. "I’m glad the Administration listened to our calls to ...

White House pushes Medicaid expansion

With newly released figures showing three million people had gained health coverage through a major expansion of Medicaid as of the end of February, the White House used that growing number to again press a number of Republican governors to drop their opposition to another controversial part of the Obama ...

A tale of two health care universes

The political divide over the Obama health law was on full display in a U.S. House hearing on Thursday, as officials in charge of six state exchanges talked of their achievements while Republican lawmakers on the panel ridiculed the claimed number of enrollments and condemned the overall impact of the ...

This AP photo from 2013 shows demonstrators in front of the Supreme Court building - if you look closely, you will see that a giant photograph of the Court has been placed over construction work there - what is called a 'scrim.'  A House budget bill would ban officials from using federal tax dollars for scrims on Capitol Hill in 2015.

Budget bill would ban Capitol Hill 'scrims'

Even as Republicans were pushing ahead with a budget plan from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to balance the budget in ten years, the real work on government spending starts Thursday, as lawmakers on a key committee begin action on the dozen appropriations bills that fund operations of Uncle Sam. The ...

Obama hails late surge in health enrollment

The White House Rose Garden was filled with smiling people on Tuesday, as President Obama took what amounted to a small victory lap on his signature health law, hailing the late rush that partially overwhelmed the healthcare.gov website. "So, no, the Affordable Care Act hasn't completely fixed our long broken ...

Consumers going to healthcare.gov today will find a new home page proclaiming, "Open enrollment is over for 2014," as the federal health exchange shifts into a different operational period for the Obama health law.

What's next on the Obama health law

Now that the open enrollment deadline has passed for the Obama health law, the work on it doesn't end, whether inside the Obama Administration or in the halls of Congress. So, let's look at what is next for Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, or whatever you want to call the ...

Hundreds waited outside at a shopping center in Las Vegas this weekend to sign up for health coverage under the Obama health law.

Late surge for Obama health law

There was ample evidence over the weekend of a last minute surge in applications for coverage under the Obama health law, as thousands of Americans stood in lines in a number of states, flooded phone lines and visited the federal web exchange to enroll for private health insurance before the ...

White House: Health law signups over 6 million

With time ticking down to the end of open enrollment on Monday, the Obama Administration announced on Thursday afternoon that a late rush on healthcare.gov had pushed private health insurance signups over 6 million, pushing the White House over its revised enrollment goal. "Amazing comeback story," tweeted White House senior ...

Latest health care delay obscures Democratic message

The goal of Democrats in the Congress on Wednesday was simple - focus on their legislative agenda items, like an effort to force a vote on immigration reform in the House, and votes in the Senate on a minimum wage increase, and an extension of long term jobless benefits and ...

Feds allow extra time for health enrollment

Less than a week before the March 31 end of open enrollment for the Obama health law, that deadline was extended by the Obama Administration, giving people more to finish their applications if they have had troubles signing up for private health insurance coverage. "Another day, another Obamacare delay," said ...

Congress tussles on Ukraine aid

As the Congress returned to work on Monday, there was a lot of general agreement on the need to approve legislation to aid Ukraine in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea, but a deal between the House and Senate on how to achieve that remained elusive. "Ukraine needs this ...

Congress back for three week session

After a week back home, the House and Senate return to legislative business on Monday for a three week work pre-Easter work period in Washington that may see more action on sanctions against Russia over Ukraine and finger pointing on a variety of other election year subjects. Let's take a ...

IRS warns of "largest ever" tax scam

Despite warning taxpayers last year of a telephone scam that convinces victims they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service, investigators at the IRS say the reports are only growing of people losing money to callers who are claiming to represent the tax agency. "The increasing number of people receiving ...

A different way forward on Russia

Alarmed at the speed and ease by which Russia grabbed Crimea from Ukraine, and the lack of success for diplomacy in dealing with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, U.S. and European officials found themselves emphasizing an old style of foreign policy on Wednesday - one which involves military might. "Business as ...

Pace picks up for health enrollment

With visits to healthcare.gov up dramatically in recent days, more Americans seem to be signing up for health insurance coverage, as the clock ticks down to the end of open enrollment for the Obama health law on March 31. "As this historic open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace ...

Thinking ahead on Vladimir Putin

Even as the United States slapped personal economic sanctions on 7 Russians and 4 Ukrainians, a move that seemed to draw chuckles in Moscow, President Obama quietly made clear that the U.S. would prevent any NATO allies from suffering a fate similar to Ukraine's. "I'll be traveling to Europe next ...

A photo taken by internal investigators at the EPA at a warehouse stuffed with millions of EPA publications.

EPA trashes 140 tons of government publications

The Environmental Protection Agency last year threw out more than 140 tons of printed materials that had been kept at one federal storage facility, but only after internal investigators at the EPA started asking why millions of agency publications were sitting around unused, raising new questions about the waste of ...

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