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FEMA program finances dubious counter-terror toys

Billions have been spent on FEMA’s urban security program but no one knows if it produced any appreciable new security.... Read more»

Analysis

Potter: Health insurance needs tougher regulation

I’ve often said that the Affordable Care Act is the end of the beginning of health reform.  It addresses many problems associated with health insurance, but more must be done to control costs and access real universal coverage. And flaws in the law need to be fixed.... Read more»1

Last-minute mega-donations fueled super PAC attacks

Sheldon Adelson, Michael Bloomberg among eleventh-hour donors to drop millions into super PAC coffers.... Read more»

Nukes likely to decline in Obama’s second term

The Pentagon’s budget is almost assuredly going down in coming years, but it looks like a specific type of weaponry,  the nation’s stockpile of nuclear warheads, is also headed down, with Barack Obama’s reelection.

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Potter: 'Disrupt' the new buzzword of Obamacare opponents

Disruption. Get ready to hear that word many times in the coming weeks, especially if you hang out inside the Washington beltway.... Read more»

Steve King

GOP immigration hardliner told constituent to take family to Mexico

t every congressional Republican is joining the GOP rush to mend fences with Latino voters by embracing the pursuit of comprehensive immigration reform. Rep. Steve King of Iowa made it plain after the election that he doesn’t approve of the chatter from his party’s “establishment” on the issue.... Read more»2

Commentary

Potter: Translating insurance-speak

The political action committees of the 11 largest health insurers and their biggest trade group gave $10.2 million to federal politicians between 2007 and 2012. Most of that money went to Republicans who pledged to repeal or gut the Affordable Care Act.

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Major fight looms over defense spending

President Obama and Congress now have just over seven weeks to reach an agreement on the federal budget that would avert a round of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts in defense and social programs that members of both parties have depicted as draconian.... Read more»

Analysis

Crossroads: Rove-affiliated groups lose big in election

If Karl Rove was an NFL coach and not a political strategist, he would probably be looking for a new job about now. Organizations co-founded by the GOP’s most effective fundraiser spent more than $175 million only to see President Barack Obama win a second term and Democrats actually gain seats in the U.S. Senate.... Read more»

Mystery firm is election's top corporate donor at $5.3 million

The biggest corporate contributor in the 2012 election so far doesn’t appear to make anything — other than very large contributions to a conservative super PAC.... Read more»

Commentary

Potter: A bit of truth-telling on Obamacare

Wouldn’t it be great if our candidates had to take a dose of truth serum every morning before hitting the campaign trail? If they did, those of us who will be voting tomorrow wouldn’t be nearly as confused about what Obamacare is and what it isn’t, what it will do and what it won’t.... Read more»

Investment managers top list of super PAC donors

Despite his vast wealth, Sheldon Adelson was not exactly a household name when the Republican presidential primary campaign got under way. But the casino magnate’s multimillion-dollar contributions to a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC ended that.... Read more»

Feds step up enforcement of rules to prevent black lung

A federal enforcement blitz targeting coal mines with potentially dangerous levels of dust found a host of violations at more than a dozen sites where conditions left miners at risk for developing black lung disease.... Read more»

Redistricting: GOP and Dems alike cloaked process in secrecy

Calls for reform of redistricting — the once-a-decade process when states draw new district maps for Congress and state legislatures — have gone largely unheeded as legislators manipulate Census numbers for partisan gain.... Read more»

Super PACs, nonprofits favored Romney over Obama

Super PACs and nonprofits unleashed by Citizens United have spent more than $840 million on the 2012 election, with the overwhelming majority favoring Republicans.The Supreme Court decision helped Romney neutralize Obama’s fundraising advantage.... Read more»

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