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Super PAC leaders score perks from political donations

The People’s Majority super PAC advertises itself with lofty goals. “We are the only super PAC dedicated to the research, development and enhancement of motivating conservatives to the polls,” it proclaims on its website. “No dinners, no pictures with VIPs, no shirts or yard signs here. People’s Majority uses every penny of your contribution to identify and motivate low-turnout voters on Election Day.” Well, not every penny.... Read more»

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American-style health care system pushed in Canada

Canadian prime minister pushing free market principles for single-payer system.... Read more»

Casinos & offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Adelson and a colorful cast of characters jockey over regulation.... Read more»

12-plus states could throw out donation caps after McCutcheon ruling

A Supreme Court ruling eliminating aggregate limits on campaign contributions invalidates similar rules in states.... Read more»

Commentary

Exposing tragic myths of the world's 'greatest' health care system

If you want to see a media pundit rendered utterly speechless, reduced to babbling as he tries to justify his claim that Obamacare is leading the United States to third world status, you must watch Daily Show “correspondent” Aasif Mandvi’s Thursday night takedown of FOX Business commentator Todd Wilemon.... Read more»

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

Billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch may rank among the nation’s biggest bankrollers of conservative causes and Republican campaign vehicles. But Koch proselytizing of government deregulation and pro-business civics is increasingly targeted not just at creatures of Capitol Hill, or couch sitters in swing states, but at the hearts and minds of American college students, as well.... Read more»

Supreme Court opens door to flood of political cash — again

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an opinion that is likely to further increase the flow of big money into politics. In a 5-4 decision, the high court’s conservative-leaning justices struck down aggregate contribution limits to candidates and parties but kept base limits intact.... Read more»

Analysis

GOP opposition to Obamacare baffles Dr. Sullivan

Former Department of Health and Human Services secretary, Louis Sullivan, says the Affordable Care Act resembles a plan crafted by Republicans in the early 1990s.... Read more»

Commentary

The health care industry's campaign of fear, uncertainty and doubt

Health insurers use front groups and spin doctors to sow concerns about Obamacare.... Read more»

Commentary

Obamacare subscribers: Beware of high deductibles

Low premiums plans may cause sticker shock down the road for Obamacare subscribers.... Read more»

Debt collectors go after service members despite protections

Debt collectors are targeting members of the Armed Services by calling their superior officers, threatening reduction in rank and even courts-martial, despite stepped-up efforts to protect them from abuse, according to a government report issued last week.... Read more»1

Obama announces program to aid minority youth

‘My Brother’s Keeper’ is a $200 million program aimed at keeping minority youth out of the criminal justice system.... Read more»

Commentary

Dizzying options in Obamacare can lead to expensive mistakes

Health insurers offer a wide range of plans on exchanges, customers should pay attention to the details.... Read more»

Nonprofits spent money on Az campaigns despite donor warnings

Two of the tightest races for U.S. Senate in 2012 were in Nevada and Arizona. Republican candidates eked out wins in both states with help from four so-called “dark money” nonprofits, whose funding can be traced back to the network of organizations backed by the Koch brothers.... Read more»

Commentary

New Fed study says health reform can reduce financial stress

Study of Massachusetts health law cited personal bankruptcy reduction, fewer delinquencies, improved credit scores... Read more»

‘Nonpartisan’ gun rights group boosted by Dem-aligned America Votes

Amid Capitol Hill’s gun control debates last year, the Denver-based Bull Moose Sportsmen ranked among the few advocacy groups to chart a centrist course when working with lawmakers and the White House to craft firearm laws. Its funding, however, is anything but middle of the road.... Read more»

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