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In Campaign Mode, Obama Slams Republicans For ‘Hating All The Time’

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Having apparently given up on charm, golf and persuasion, President Barack Obama on Wednesday went for taunting sarcasm in his long-fruitless attempt to persuade Republicans to work with him. In a campaign-style speech in Kansas City, Mo., a loose and grinning Obama ribbed his political opponents as “mad all the time” and […]

U.S. Economy Grows At Scorching 4 Percent In 2nd Quarter

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The much-stronger-than-expected 4 percent rate of annual U.S. economic growth from April through June, reported Wednesday by the Commerce Department, put to rest fears that the U.S. economy was slipping into low gear. Offsetting a dismal start to the year, the economy grew at a sizzling rate in the second quarter, powered […]

Obama Worries About Wealth Gap In Kansas City Speech

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (MCT) — President Barack Obama worked to rally public support for his economic policies Wednesday in a speech that expressed worry about the Nation’s gap between rich and poor. He ticked off a range of successes he sees in the economy, including encouraging growth numbers released earlier in the day. He noted […]

House Approves $16.3 Billion Veterans Affairs Overhaul Bill

WASHINGTON (MCT) — By a 420-5 vote, the House on Wednesday approved a $16.3 billion compromise bill to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department and speed up veterans’ access to healthcare. The reform measure still needs to be approved by the Senate before it can be sent to the President’s desk. Lawmakers have been racing to […]

Peace Corps Removing Volunteers Amid Ebola Outbreak

(MCT) — The Peace Corps is removing more than 300 of its volunteers from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea as an Ebola outbreak that has left hundreds dead worsens in West Africa. In a statement issued Wednesday, the Peace Corps said it is temporarily removing volunteers from the affected countries. It did not offer a […]

Employer Health Insurance Mandate A Political Orphan

Employer Health Insurance Mandate A Political Orphan

Four years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law and after repeated delays, the so-called employer mandate has become something of an orphan, reviled by the law’s opponents and increasingly seen as unnecessary by many of its backers.

Scientists Quantify How We Look At Faces To Develop First Impressions

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — We take as little as 100 milliseconds to “read” a face for traits such as trustworthiness, but the consequences of such judgments often are far from fleeting, so a group of scientists set out to find out what drives these impressions. “For many reasons, including the increasingly pervasive use of images […]

Boehner Rules Out Impeachment As Democrats Cash In On Threat

WASHINGTON (MCT) — After Democrats said Tuesday they had raised $7.6 million by warning supporters that a planned GOP lawsuit against President Barack Obama could lead to impeachment, House Speaker John A. Boehner accused the White House of engaging in a fundraising “scam” because there are “no plans” for such a step. In his most […]

GSA Announces 3 Potential Sites For FBI Headquarters

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The General Services Administration is considering three sites as viable options for a new headquarters building for the FBI, according to a long-awaited short list of potential properties released Tuesday. Two of the sites are in Prince Georges County, Md.: one in Greenbelt, which local and State officials have supported, as well […]

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura Wins $1.8 Million In Defamation Suit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (MCT) — Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura won his defamation case Tuesday against the author of American Sniper. The jury awarded a total of $1.845 million: $500,000 in defamation damages and $1.345 million for “unjust enrichment.” Jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict, as instructed. Instead, with the consent of both sides, […]

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