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Dizzying twists in immigration laws

Given the white-hot politics of immigration, it’s perhaps not surprising that President Obama instantly drew fire with a proposal in January to help undocumented spouses of American citizens obtain legal status — without being ousted from the U.S. for years as punishment.... Read more»1

Separated by law: Families torn apart by 1996 immigration measure

In a nation built by immigrants, they thought they could pursue their American Dream — with loved ones at their side. Instead, they’re living an American nightmare that’s tearing families apart and forcing Americans into exile.... Read more»1

Christian college asks for refund of donation to Brewer's super PAC

A nonprofit college in Colorado says it has asked for a refund of a $5,000 donation to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s super PAC. Colorado Christian University is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, meaning it is legally prohibited from making political contributions.... Read more»

Lobbyists rake in $14 million for Romney

As Republican Mitt Romney works to unify the party faithful behind him, the number of lobbyists raising money to help him secure the White House has soared.

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Administration official asks for Medicare billing review

The nation’s top health information technology official has launched an internal review to determine if electronic health records are prompting some doctors and hospitals to overbill Medicare.... Read more»

Analysis

Debate preview: Who can be the toughest on global challenges?

Presidential candidates compete in debates to show how muscular they are on foreign policy, even when clear solutions are often not available. Closely-fought presidential campaigns can confound expectations by constricting—rather than broadening—public debate about significant issues.... Read more»

Canadian firm's donation to Romney super PAC raises red flags

A million-dollar donation by a foreign-owned corporation to a Republican super PAC that backs Mitt Romney has raised legal concerns and opened up the controversial Citizens United Supreme Court decision to new criticism.... Read more»

Romney benefits from post-Citizens United spending

Since Labor Day, the once-unofficial start of the election season, 70 percent of outside spending on the presidential race made possible by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision has benefited Mitt Romney.... Read more»

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»

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