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Hospitals grab at least $1 billion in extra fees for ER visits

A Center for Public Integrity probe suggests medical facilities have taken advantage of government’s failure to set billing standards.... Read more»

Commentary

Potter: ObamaCare's crucial benefits

Politicians who are promising to repeal ObamaCare won’t find any evidence in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s analysis of health insurance costs that the law has caused premiums to skyrocket, as many of those politicians have contended.... Read more»

Pentagon loses Afghan fuel records

What happened to almost $475 million worth of oil destined for the Afghan National Army? That’s what the Special Investigator General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) would like to know.... Read more»

Commentary

Potter: Maine's health care fantasy

What happened in Maine is a sobering reality check on the oft-repeated myth that getting rid of ObamaCare and other consumer protections is the answer to our health care problems. A ‘common sense’ law created more problems than solutions.... Read more»

Amidst cuts, Army outfits chauffeurs

While the military looks to cut spending, the Army solicits new uniforms for drivers.... Read more»1

Is the Democratic platform in sync with public on defense?

Democratic platform offers hints at how Obama would handle defense in second term.... Read more»

Commentary

The illusory promise of free-market health care miracles

Republicans keep touting free-market health care, but there’s no evidence it works.... Read more»

Homeland Security agents smuggle drugs & guns, obtain child porn

Homeland Security is the first line of defense against threats to Americans, entrusted with guarding the borders, protecting the skies and cracking down on potential terrorist attacks. But instead, hundreds of DHS agents have been busy smuggling drugs, guns and illegal immigrants, obtaining child porn, and raking in thousands in bribes and theft.... Read more»1

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Senate-seat showdown in New Mexico

Environmental groups are outspending big business for New Mexico’s U.S. Senate seat. Republican candidate Heather Wilson has been on the receiving end of more than $1.4 million to date in attack ads urging voters not to cast a ballot for her.... Read more»

Super PAC cash favors GOP

As super PACs carpet bomb the airwaves with negative ads, Republicans hold the financial advantage.... Read more»

Analysis

Skin in the GOP Medicare game

When you look closely at GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan’s proposals to restructure Medicare, it’s clear he agrees with many health insurance company CEOs that Americans — especially older Americans — don’t have enough “skin in the game” when it comes to medical costs.... Read more»

Norquist opposes Romney plan to increase military budget

Grover Norquist, an influential Republican lobbyist and anti-tax crusader, is advising his party’s lawmakers to cut the defense budget deeply, to avoid a major federal tax hike.... Read more»

Lawmakers complain about monopoly space launch deal

The top house intelligence committee lawmakers say the Air Force is about to spend too much on one of its favorite contractors.... Read more»

Strict voter ID laws solve 'a problem that does not exist'

An analysis of 2,068 alleged election-fraud cases since 2000 shows that while fraud has occurred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent. (with video)... Read more»

Immigration

Most eligible for deportation deferral already working

An immigration think tank estimates that 1.76 million undocumented people could attempt to benefit from an Obama administration decision to shield them from deportation, temporarily, and grant them two-year work permits. 58 percent of this population who are now between 15 and 30 years old are already in the U.S. labor force.... Read more»1

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