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Up to 100 new immigration judges would be added under Biden budget request

The Biden administration released a budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year that would increase the number of immigration judges and allocate millions in funding to clear backlogs of hearings and asylum requests. ... Read more»

Communities struggle to make best use of COVID homeless aid

Congress included $4 billion in its pandemic relief package to help homeless people, but eight months after passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, many communities have yet to benefit from the funding. ... Read more»

Advocates think health care funds safe for now, worry about future

Arizona health care advocates are confident that President Donald Trump’s plan to slash billions from health services is “dead on arrival” in Congress – but that doesn’t mean they’re not angry at the administration’s direction.... Read more»

Why health insurance cancellations shouldn’t be a surprise

There seems to be no letup of bad news on the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday, Healthcare.gov, the problem-plagued federal health insurance marketplace, crashed again. And a pile of news reports focused on citizen anger over policy cancellations prompted by the law. ... Read more»

'Chemicals of Concern' list still wrapped in OMB red tape

For anyone anxious about toxic chemicals in the environment, Sunday marked a dubious milestone.... Read more»


How sequestration would work

Much has been written about the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts contained in the Budget Control Act of 2011, otherwise known as “sequestration,” but many critical questions remain regarding official interpretations of the legislation and how it will actually be implemented on an agency-by-agency basis.... Read more»

The ‘Obamaquester’

This Republican talking point aims to blame President Obama for more than $1 trillion in automatic, across-the-board cuts in domestic and defense spending that — without action by Congress — are scheduled to take effect on March 1.... Read more»

Political ad disclosure rules could take months

While the FCC voted last month to require broadcasters to post online political ad data currently kept only on paper at the stations, it is unclear when the data will actually begin to be posted.... Read more»

Broadcasters must post political ad data online

The Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 this morning to require broadcasters to post political ad data on the Web, making it easier for the public to see how as much as $3.2 billion will be spent on TV advertising in this election. ... Read more»


What’s happening with that solar firm scandal?

So what's the situation with Solyndra, who's the focus of the investigations, and how big a deal is this storyline? ProPublica sorts through what it does — and doesn't — mean.... Read more»

Factchecking Obama's budget speech

President Barack Obama misrepresented the House Republicans’ budget plan at times and exaggerated its impact on U.S. residents during an April 13 speech on deficit reduction.... Read more»

Biggest budget cut in U.S. history?

Democrats and Republicans alike are making grandiose — and unsupportable — claims that the budget deal contains the biggest spending cut in U.S. history.... Read more»

Factcheck: GOP State of the Union response

Ryan and Bachmann made two new false claims, and repeated other talking points, in their responses to the president's State of the Union address.... Read more»

Health care reform

With Stupak's support, Dems all but certain to reach 216 votes on health care

This afternoon, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) announced that he will vote "yes" Sunday on health care reform legislation. With the addition of votes from other anti-abortion holdouts, Democrats almost certainly have the 216 votes needed to pass the bill. Debate is live now on the floor of the House of the Representatives.... Read more»