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Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A While

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:39am

Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.

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Obama's Tax Rate Rose — And He Can't Blame Anyone But Himself

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:35pm

President Obama, like many wealthy Americans, is paying more of his income to the IRS. He and the first lady paid $98,169 in taxes for 2013 on income of $481,098.

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Gingrich 2012 Campaign Still Owes $4.7 Million

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:26pm

Topping the list of the former GOP presidential candidate's creditors is an air charter company called Moby Dick Airways. The second biggest creditor? Newt Gingrich himself.

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Backlash Over State Party's Progressive Agenda May Hobble Udall

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:06am

When Democrats took control of Colorado's statehouse, they pushed through gun control, civil unions and environmental bills. Then voters pushed back, and Sen. Mark Udall is feeling the fallout.

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In Connecticut, An Obama Campaign Replay

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 8:43am

Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy is one of the nation's most vulnerable incumbents, thanks to a weak economy. He's hoping to eke out a win using policies and strategies favored by the president.

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A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:21pm

Some lawmakers say a deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West last year could be the state's best opportunity to pass needed safety measures. But it's going to be an uphill battle.

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John Boehner Foe Targets 'Electile' Dysfunction

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:58pm

A high school French teacher who is challenging House Speaker John Boehner has come up with a novel campaign approach: an ad spoofing virility drug commercials.

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New IRS Commisioner Grapples With Tumult And Tax Code

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:01pm

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen discusses the challenges of running the government's tax collection arm, in the face of sequestration cuts and congressional scrutiny.

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Ohio Ordered To Recognize Out-Of-State Gay Marriages

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:01am

A federal judge put a "stay" on his ruling, though, which apparently means his order affects only the four couples who sued to have their names put on their children's birth certificates.

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Deficit Forecasts Shaved, But Likely Won't Shrink Much Longer

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:32am

While the Congressional Budget Office has lowered its shortfall projections for the next few years, it warns that deficits will start rising substantially again unless policymakers act.

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As Election Nears, Congress Is Expected To Be Less Productive

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:59am

If anything, 2014 has been marked with a flurry of show votes. Those are votes on bills that have no realistic hope of passing Congress, but are done to make political points.

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'Pay Secrecy' Policies At Work: Often Illegal, And Misunderstood

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 2:12pm

President Obama has signed an order that reinforces part of a law that's existed for nearly 80 years: Employees can discuss compensation without fear of retaliation. Here's what you should know.

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Frustrated With Congress, IMF Heads Leave D.C. With Budding Idea

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 9:20am

The U.S., the IMF's most powerful member, has refused to sign off on reforms. On Saturday, global leaders suggested the IMF would turn to other options if Congress doesn't act by year's end.

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Republicans Form New Fundraising Group, On Heels Of High Court Ruling

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 8:04am

Seeking to capitalize on the Supreme Court's recent ruling that eased restrictions on political contributions, Republicans are launching a new super joint fundraising committee.

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Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 4:06am

Methane from livestock accounts for a huge portion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UN report. But reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the answer to the problem.

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Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 4:06am

Methane from livestock accounts for a huge portion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UN report. But reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the answer to the problem.

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If Aide-Kissing Congressman Doesn't Quit, Voters Will Decide Fate

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:00pm

As of this writing, Rep. Vance McAllister is still a congressman representing his northeastern Louisiana district. And that's part of the problem for a GOP establishment that would like him gone.

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5 Takeways From The Equal-Pay Debate

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 4:06pm

While Republicans launched some effective counterattacks on the equal pay issue, keep in mind the White House is making a political case to voters — not a statistical argument to economists.

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This Week In Politics: Sebelius, Civil Rights And Immigration

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss Kathleen Sebelius' resignation, Jeb Bush's immigration comments and the civil rights anniversary.

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As Sebelius Steps Down, Obama Taps Budget Director To Replace Her

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama bid farewell Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, whose lengthy tenure was marred by the botched rollout of the government's health insurance website. Obama wants his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to replace Sebelius.

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