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  • Health insurance gains since last fall hit 12 million, survey shows

    16 April 2014, 6:04 pm

    WASHINGTON — President Obama’s health law has led to an even greater increase in health coverage than previously estimated, according to new Gallup survey data, which suggest that about 12 million previously uninsured Americans have gained coverage since…
  • Louisiana Democrat highlights independence from Obama in new ad

    15 April 2014, 9:27 pm

    When Sen. Mary L. Landrieu assumed the chairmanship of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee this year, it was a major boon to her difficult reelection campaign—placing her in a prominent position to aid her state’s oil and gas industry and…
  • Obama grants clemency to correct a sentence extended by a court typo

    15 April 2014, 7:15 pm

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentence of a drug convict, correcting a mistake that had extended his prison time by more than three years and could not be fixed by the courts.
  • Immigration activists push House GOP in last-ditch campaign for vote

    15 April 2014, 5:32 pm

    WASHINGTON -- In a last-ditch effort to bring an immigration overhaul to a vote in Congress, House Democrats on Tuesday began targeting key GOP lawmakers in hopes of pressuring House Speaker John A. Boehner to act.
  • U.S. appeals court upholds Obama administration limits on air toxics

    15 April 2014, 1:18 pm

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever limits on air toxics, including emissions of mercury, arsenic and acid gases, preserving a far-reaching rule the…
  • Hawaii governor apologizes for questioning Inouye death-bed drama

    15 April 2014, 11:05 am

    Four days after questioning a death-bed letter at the center of Hawaii’s heated U.S. Senate race, Gov. Neil Abercrombie apologized to the widow of its ascribed author, the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, and others he offended. But he stuck to his key assertion…
  • Obama: Religious intolerance has 'no place in our society'

    14 April 2014, 12:10 pm

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Monday called on Americans to stand up against religious bigotry as he offered his support to the families of those killed in shootings at two Jewish community centers in the Kansas City area.
  • Sebelius praises Obamacare, concedes rollout was botched

    13 April 2014, 4:16 pm

    WASHINGTON -- Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday that the health insurance exchanges that are now up and running across the country have given uninsured Americans a true choice of insurance plans with price comparisons.
  • IMF urges Congress to back reforms giving fund more clout

    12 April 2014, 10:14 pm

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. made clear this week that it wants the International Monetary Fund to be the emergency lender for countries like Ukraine, but American lawmakers have persistently refused to give the IMF the additional financial firepower that it has…
  • Obamas' federal tax rate rose as their income fell in 2013

    11 April 2014, 7:08 pm

    WASHINGTON-- President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watched their income fall and their federal tax rate go up in 2013, according to IRS returns released Friday by the White House.
  • Hawaii governor questions deathbed drama in heated Senate race

    11 April 2014, 5:20 pm

    HONOLULU  — For political and emotional drama, it’s hard to top this: U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, the most beloved and respected figure in Hawaii state history, makes a death-bed request to name his successor in Washington.
  • Campaign commentary? Shoe, documents flung at Hillary Clinton

    11 April 2014, 3:24 pm

    LAS VEGAS – With a flash of comedic timing, Hillary Clinton dodged the first controversy of her not-yet-declared 2016 presidential run after a heckler threw a shoe and a nearly half-century-old political document at the former first lady and secretary of…
  • Obama names Sylvia Burwell to take over healthcare law implementation

    11 April 2014, 12:07 pm

    WASHINGTON — President Obama named White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act on Friday, saying there was "no manager as experienced and competent" to run the next phase of his signature…
  • Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw flawed Obamacare rollout, resigns

    10 April 2014, 7:17 pm

    Sebelius was not pressured to step down, an administration official says. In her place, the president plans to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.WASHINGTON – Kathleen Sebelius, who helped guide the…
  • Rep. Issa's House panel votes to hold former IRS official in contempt

    10 April 2014, 5:16 pm

    WASHINGTON -- A House committee voted Thursday in favor of holding Lois Lerner, a former Internal Revenue Service official, in contempt of Congress for her refusal to testify before the panel.
  • Some Senate Democrats call on Obama to approve Keystone XL pipeline

    10 April 2014, 4:38 pm

    WASHINGTON — A group of Democratic senators, including several facing tough re-election races, sent a letter Thursday to President Obama demanding approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline by May 31.
  • GOP-led House approves tough Paul Ryan budget, but debate continues

    10 April 2014, 2:58 pm

    WASHINGTON -- With little drama Thursday, House Republicans easily approved a largely symbolic budget proposal from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), closing out a floor debate over spending priorities and opening a new front on the midterm campaign trail.
  • Senators criticize media, go easy on utility execs over grid security

    10 April 2014, 2:35 pm

    WASHINGTON - A key panel of senators investigating the security of the nation’s power grid Thursday had mostly softball questions for utility executives and regulators about exposure to assaults like the one by gunmen last year that nearly knocked out…
  • At Civil Rights Act event, Obama praises Johnson for his vision

    10 April 2014, 2:33 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas -- President Obama said Thursday that the country was still caught up in the kind of debates that marked the civil rights movement as he called on Americans to set aside cynicism and push for the ideals reflected in the Civil Rights Act.
  • Health official says 7.5 million Americans now signed up for Obamacare

    10 April 2014, 1:45 pm

    WASHINGTON -- Enrollment in healthcare exchanges created under Obamacare has risen to 7.5 million and is expected to continue increasing, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a Senate committee Thursday.
  • Pro-Hillary Clinton group's fundraising approaches $6 million

    10 April 2014, 7:00 am

    One of the organizations founded to prod Hillary Rodham Clinton to seek the White House in 2016 announced Thursday that it had raised more than $1.7 million in the first quarter of this year.
  • White House may slow immigration deportations unless Congress acts

    9 April 2014, 6:35 pm

    WASHINGTON — After meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus voiced confidence Wednesday that if the Republican-led House fails to undertake immigration reform this year, the administration will act by…
  • Judge sides with Chris Christie aides over bridge documents

    9 April 2014, 6:31 pm

    Two former aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie don’t have to turn over their emails and other documents, a New Jersey judge ruled Wednesday, dealing a serious setback to a state legislative committee’s effort to answer the questions surrounding…
  • House panel seeks Justice Department inquiry of ex-IRS official Lois Lerner

    9 April 2014, 5:25 pm

    WASHINGTON -- A House committee Wednesday took the rare step of recommending criminal prosecution of Lois Lerner over the alleged targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service, the latest bid by Republicans to keep the issue alive ahead of…
  • Senate Republicans block Democrats' paycheck fairness bill

    9 April 2014, 12:55 pm

    WASHINGTON — With sought-after women voters at stake, Senate Republicans blocked election-year legislation Wednesday aimed at ensuring that female workers receive equal pay for doing the same work as men.

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