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March’s Anger Over Senate’s Torture Report Fades To Silence

March’s Anger Over Senate’s Torture Report Fades To Silence

On March 11, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein threw a gauntlet on the floor of the Senate, explosively accusing the CIA of violating the Constitution by spying on her committee during its study of the agency’s post-9/11 enhanced interrogation program. But nearly four months later, nothing.

Germany Demands Top U.S. Official Leave Country Over NSA Spying Allegations

BERLIN (MCT) — In a move that sounds as if it was ripped from a Cold War thriller, American ally and NATO member Germany on Thursday demanded that the top U.S. intelligence official stationed here leave the country over new allegations of U.S. spying. It is the first time an American intelligence chief has been […]

Mexican Judge Declines To Throw Out Weapons Charges Against Marine

SAN DIEGO (MCT) — After a lengthy hearing in Tijuana for a Marine reservist jailed since April 1 on weapons charges, a judge Wednesday declined to throw out the case as urged by U.S. politicians and instead scheduled another evidentiary hearing. Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, who served two combat tours in Afghanistan, was arrested after […]

Senate Confirms Julian Castro As HUD Secretary

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm Julian Castro as the new secretary of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday, elevating the rising Democratic star to President Barack Obama’s Cabinet. The vote was 71-27, with 18 Republicans supporting the prominent Latino Democrat. Castro, 39, has served for three terms as mayor of San […]

IRS In ‘Bunker Mentality’ As Interest Groups, Media Join Congress In Seeking Information

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Congress isn’t alone in trying to wrest answers out of the embattled Internal Revenue Service. The courts, public interest groups and the media are all struggling with uneven transparency and cooperation from the agency. News that the IRS cannot produce long-sought emails is rekindling complaints that the agency has been slow to […]

Germans Feeling Betrayed As Another U.S. Spy Probe Begins

BERLIN (MCT) — News Wednesday that Germany is investigating new allegations that the United States bought secrets from a German official — the second such probe to become public in a week — delivered another blow to U.S.-German relations over what is now a year-old scandal of American spying on an ally. “The American secret […]

Democratic Lawmakers Move To Upend Ruling On Birth Control

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Taking up advice from Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Congressional Democrats Wednesday introduced legislation to get around the court’s decision last month to exempt private corporations from having to provide coverage for birth-control pills and devices that violate the companies’ religious beliefs. The companion bills — the Senate version […]

Congress Has Heavy Workload But Limited Time Before Summer Recess

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Congress started July — its last full working month before the November elections — with a full plate. But it may not have the appetite to handle it all. At the top of lawmakers’ to-do list is passing at least temporary funding for the Highway Trust Fund, which helps finance major road […]

Anthem Blue Cross Misled Obamacare Enrollees, Lawsuit Claims

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — California insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross misled “millions of enrollees” about whether their doctors and hospitals were participating in its new “Obamacare” plans and failed to disclose that many policies wouldn’t cover care outside its approved network, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday. As a result, many consumers are on […]

Obamacare Website Stumped ‘Highly Educated’ Millennials, Study Shows

Obamacare Website Stumped ‘Highly Educated’ Millennials, Study Shows

Millennials who struggled to sign up for health insurance on Healthcare.gov have some simple advice for the Administration of President Barack Obama: Make the website more like Yelp or TurboTax.

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