Politics

23
Jan
Snowed in: De Blasio, Obama stay focused on wealth gap

While the administration publicly expresses full confidence in its health care law, privately it fears one part of the system is so flawed it could bankrupt insurance companies and cripple ObamaCare itself. "Week after week, month after month," says John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis, "the Obama administration kept telling us everything's working fine, there's no problem and then they turn on a dime and fire their... [read news]

17
Jan
Obama to order NSA phone data limits, announce other changes to spy agency's programs

President Obama will call Friday for ending the National Security Agency’s ability to store phone data from millions of Americans. Instead, he will ask Congress and the Justice Department who should hold these records, according to White House sources. Obama is expected to argue the merits of the metadata program and unveil much-anticipated changes to the NSA’s surveillance programs exposed by leaker Edward Snowden, following a... [read news]

30
Dec
'Completely false': Sources on ground in Benghazi challenge NYT report

Fifteen months after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the narrative of the attack continues to be shaped, and reshaped, by politicians and the press. But a New York Times report published over the weekend has angered sources who were on the ground that night. Those sources, who continue to face threats of losing their jobs, sharply challenged the Times’ findings that there... [read news]

28
Dec
DOJ enters 'knockout game' fray with hate crime charge -- why now?

The Justice Department's decision to charge a white man with a federal hate crime for a "knockout game"-style attack against a black victim has raised questions about why the administration waited until now to speak up on cases that, for months, largely have involved white victims.  Federal prosecutors presented a detailed set of evidence Thursday in charging Katy, Texas, man Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, with a hate crime. He allegedly shot... [read news]

23
Dec
Judge denies request to halt same-sex marriages in Utah

A federal judge on Monday blocked a request by Utah officials to halt same-sex weddings, allowing gay marriage to continue in the conservative state following a surprise court decision last week.  Judge Robert J. Shelby, who blocked the request on Monday, overturned Utah's ban on same-sex marriage this past Friday. In a decision Utah officials claim has caused chaos in the state, he ruled the voter-approved measure is a violation of gay... [read news]

19
Dec
Democratic, GOP senators defy Obama with Iran sanctions bill

Twenty-six senators, half of them Democrats, defied President Obama on Thursday by introducing a bill that could impose new sanctions on Iran -- despite urgent pleas from the White House to shelve the legislation.  Several sources told Fox News that White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and other top officials had been calling top Democrats over the last 24 hours urging them not to move forward. After it was introduced, Obama's... [read news]

18
Dec
Task force calls for new NSA limits

The advisory board tasked with reviewing National Security Agency policies pushed Wednesday to rein in NSA spying on several fronts, recommending in its final report that the agency be stripped of its ability to store Americans' telephone records.  The presidential advisory panel recommended dozens of changes to the government's surveillance programs. Among them, it also called for requiring a court to sign off on the individual searches... [read news]

16
Dec
‘Complete waste’: Army Corps flushed $5.4M on ‘unusable’ trash incinerators, probe finds

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers paid $5.4 million for shoddy trash incinerators that were delivered years behind schedule and never used, leaving soldiers at an Afghanistan base with no other option than to keep burning waste in open-air pits, according to an internal probe. The report from Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John F. Sopko was released Monday. It found the failure to complete the trash incinerators... [read news]

14
Dec
Obama honors Sandy Hook victims while renewing call for tighter gun laws

President Obama on Saturday honored the victims of the fatal Sandy Hook elementary school shootings while renewing his call for tighter gun control and more spending on mental-health care, on the anniversary of the tragic event. “We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily. We have to do more to heal troubled minds,” the president said in his weekly radio address, before he and first lady... [read news]

13
Dec
Senators introduce bill to crack down on 'lavish' portrait expenses

A bipartisan Senate duo says they want to crack down on what they call the government’s “lavish” spending on oil paintings of congressmen, the costs of which can top $50,000 each. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said in a Thursday press release they are introducing a bill that would only allow $20,000 of taxpayer funds to be spent on each portrait, and would only cover paintings of lawmakers in the line of... [read news]


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