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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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