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Medicare Finances Improve As Healthcare Inflation Slows, Trustees Say

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Improvements in healthcare costs have extended the life of Medicare’s main trust fund by four years, the annual report of the Social Security and Medicare trustees said Monday, a further sign of the positive effect of lower medical inflation. Medicare Part B premiums are expected to remain the same through 2015 because […]

Protest Delays FBI’s Huge Sole-Source Deal With Motorola

WASHINGTON (MCT) — A protest by a small two-way radio manufacturer has stalled an FBI plan to hand a sole-source contract worth up to $500 million to emergency communications giant Motorola Solutions Inc., mainly to upgrade the bureau’s 30-year-old network. FBI contracting officials contend that proprietary features embedded in their existing Motorola network preclude its […]

More Americans Blame Hamas Over Israel For Violence, Poll Finds

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Americans blame Hamas over Israel for the fighting in Gaza by a roughly 2-1 margin, according to a new poll, which shows a significant partisan divide in U.S. reaction. About 4 in 10 Americans say that Hamas is most responsible for the violence while 2 in 10 put most of the responsibility […]

Study Finds Record-Low Midterm Turnout Amid Widespread Discontent

Study Finds Record-Low Midterm Turnout Amid Widespread Discontent

A report last week from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate showed Americans are staying away from the polls this election season in droves. If precedent holds, the study says, the Nation will record the lowest midterm primary turnout in its history.

Russia’s Actions In Ukraine ‘Gasoline On The Fire,’ US Diplomat Says

KIEV, Ukraine (MCT) — The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine had stern words for Russia on Friday, continuing a week in which Washington has toughened its rhetoric against Russian President Vladimir Putin over his nation’s alleged involvement in clashes in eastern Ukraine. More than a week after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Ambassador Geoffrey […]

Kerry Presses For Truce Amid Fighting In Gaza, Clashes In West Bank

JERUSALEM — (MCT) Amid the clearest signs yet that a truce agreement might finally be near, Israeli forces again pounded targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday. But scattered clashes across the West Bank left at least five Palestinians dead, pointing to an ominous widening of the 18-day-old conflict between Israel and the militant group […]

White House Aide Says Republicans Might Impeach Obama Over Immigration

WASHINGTON (MCT) — President Barack Obama will propose broad-ranging executive action on immigration reform later this summer that could provoke Republicans into trying to impeach him, a senior White House official said Friday. While details of the immigration plan are still being worked on, it will mark “an important step in the arc of the […]

After CIA Gets Secret Whistleblower Email, Congress Worries About More Spying

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The CIA obtained a confidential email to Congress about alleged whistleblower retaliation related to the Senate’s classified report on the agency’s harsh interrogation program, triggering fears that the CIA has been intercepting the communications of officials who handle whistleblower cases. The CIA got hold of the legally protected email and other unspecified […]

Congress Goes To The Dogs, Pushing Support For Retired Military K9s

Congress Goes To The Dogs, Pushing Support For Retired Military K9s

The American Humane Association wants the Department of Defense to mandate that all military working dogs be retired on U.S. soil so that they are given military transport back from their war zones. And it wants to ensure that the dogs’ former handlers are provided first opportunity to adopt them.

Could Plan To Offer Financial Services Save Postal Service?

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Lawmakers and government officials looking for a way to save the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service are considering a proposal that would make check cashing, small loans, prepaid cards and other financial services available at your local post office. The plan, which was floated earlier this year in a special report by the […]

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