Politics and Government

Supreme Court hears Obamacare arguments

Supreme Court Justices heard arguments over a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act and they appear to be divided.

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The Supreme Court hears arguments about Obamacare on Wednesday in a case forcing justices to decide just how big a mess they are willing to create. That’s a political question, not a legal one. But it’s the biggest question posed by the challenge to the Affordable Care Act in the case of King vs. Burwell. …

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Congress narrowly avoided a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security on Friday evening and will return to work with just seven days to avoid it again. Just like last time, there is no reason to think Republicans will allow DHS to shut down and risk getting blamed for putting the nation’s security at risk. …

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The FCC’s proposed net neutrality regulations are widely expected to be approved Thursday by a three-to-two vote along partisan lines. The battle between Internet companies and Internet service providers has heated up ahead of the vote, with CEOs on both sides weighing in—including Netflix’s Reed Hastings, for one, in favor, and Comcast’sBrian Roberts, for the …

Net neutrality vote

The FCC is expected to approve rules that insure Internet providers treat all content equally.

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A woman pays for her groceries using a food stamp program at a supermarket in West New York, N.J., Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.

The Republican-controlled House Committee on Agriculture on Wednesday begins two days of hearings on the nation’s food stamp program, and they’ll be watched closely by more than just the hungry. Observers expect the committee to step up efforts to restore work requirements, seek to close certain loopholes and look to review the current level of …

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Republican congressional leaders once again confront their core problem: taming a conservative base unwilling to recognize limits on its popularity and power. This time, the issue is funding for the federal Department of Homeland Security. Republican lawmakers have withheld it as a pressure tactic in hopes of reversing President Barack Obama’s recent immigration order. Since …

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President Barack Obama has long since passed the point when Congress would readily enact policies he favors. But by dissecting the forces underlying middle class income stagnation, he seeks to shape what Washington does about it—now or later. That’s the significance of the 2015 Economic Report of the President released by the White House on …

Obama calls on tech companies to fight cyber crime

President Obama tells tech CEOs that they must come together to battle one of the biggest threats to business, cyber crimes.

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The IRS is warning the public to be aware and it’s out with its “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2015. Topping the list: aggressive and threatening phone scams. The agency says to be wary of callers posing as IRS agents, threatening to have the taxpayers licences revoked, deported, or even arrested. The IRS says never …

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U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Juan Padilla arranges mail in his truck while on his delivery route in San Francisco.

The U.S. Postal Service has taken the first step toward replacing its long-time mail truck, The Wall Street Journal reports. An organization already burdened by job cuts and millions in losses despite a reported rise in revenue, the USPS is looking to replace the fleet of trucks first introduced 27 years ago. According to the …

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Kim Jong Un, center, watches an air show of the by the Korean People' s Air Force on May 10, 2014.

We’re all used to grand and florid speeches and slogans when it comes to our national leaders but most of the world’s politicians will have to up their game after the “socialist fairyland” of North Korea set the bar at a whole new, hyperbolic level. Read More How millennials are shaking North Korea’s regime In honor …

Merkel and Obama meet

President Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to find common ground on some divisive issues.

Regulating the internet

There may be big changes coming to the way the internet is run, but should it be considered a utility and regulated like one?

Obama’s budget proposal

Eamon Javers tells us what’s inside the White House’s 2016 $4 trillion budget plan.