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Customs Under Fire For Sweeping Scans Of Employees’ Personal Data

WASHINGTON (MCT) — A troubled division of Customs and Border Protection whose leader was recently ousted by the Barack Obama Administration is now accused of improperly scrutinizing the personal information of the agency’s 60,000 employees for evidence of potential misconduct and corruption. In one program, the agency’s internal affairs division shared employees’ Social Security numbers […]

Obama Seeks $3.7 Billion To Meet ‘Moral Obligation’ At Border

WASHINGTON (MCT) — President Barack Obama will seek $3.7 billion in emergency funds from Congress to meet the country’s “moral obligation” to care for unaccompanied minors who have flooded in recent months to the southwestern border, White House officials said Tuesday. Nearly half the money would go to the Department of Health and Human Services […]

After Supreme Court Ruling, Fewer State Workers To Organize

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in a case brought by home healthcare aides in Illinois casts doubt on labor agreements between such workers and State governments in nine other States. It also closes off — or at least complicates — one of labor’s clearest paths to reversing a decades-long trend of […]

Mississippi Tea Party Challenger Set To Launch Legal Challenge Of GOP Runoff

Mississippi Tea Party Challenger Set To Launch Legal Challenge Of GOP Runoff

Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi returned to the Senate on Monday for the first time since last month’s wild-ride election, but the Republican primary runoff he appears to have narrowly won remains far from over.

Obama Awaits Another Court Ruling That Could Deal Blow To Obamacare

Obama Awaits Another Court Ruling That Could Deal Blow To Obamacare

President Barack Obama’s healthcare law could be dealt a severe blow this week if a U.S. appeals court rules that some low- and middle-income residents no longer qualify to receive promised government subsidies to pay for their health insurance.

Federal Agency, Local Lawman Dispute Actions In Cliven Bundy Case

LAS VEGAS (MCT) — The tense face-off over a Nevada rancher’s right to graze his cattle on Federal land has spilled over into a public squabble after the Bureau of Land Management and Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie issued conflicting statements over their lack of cooperation in an armed Federal raid in April at Bundy’s […]

Without Federal Action, States Move On Long-Term Care

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Three years after the demise of the long-term care piece of the Affordable Care Act, some States are retooling their Medicaid programs to maximize the number of people who can get care at home and minimize the number who have to become poor to receive help. They also are trying to save […]

U.S. Cleric Popular With Militants Faces Travel, Social Media Restrictions

DETROIT (MCT) — A Federal judge has cracked down on the travel and computer activities of a Dearborn, Mich., cleric popular worldwide with the extremist militant group that announced last week the formation of an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria. U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen ordered that Ahmad Jebril, 43, stay within the eastern […]

Chicago’s Fourth Of July Weekend Toll: 82 People Shot, 14 Of Them Fatally

CHICAGO (MCT) — For 10 minutes, it seemed like the shooting was everywhere in the South Chicago neighborhood. It started when someone shot and wounded a couple, then two people fired at the shooter, then there was a chase and shots exchanged and a man sitting on a porch was hit. Responding officers kept cutting […]

Chris Christie Vetoes Bill To Decrease Capacity Of Gun Magazines

Chris Christie Vetoes Bill To Decrease Capacity Of Gun Magazines

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have reduced the capacity of gun magazines from 15 to 10 bullets, a small change that in the heated atmosphere surrounding gun issues is enough to raise the political temperature.

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