For all the election-season partisan squabbling and posturing we got last year over immigration reform — supposedly a one-party issue, if you’re among the GOP mainstream — the new Congress is now in session and everything is pretty much business as usual.
Obamacare relies on the tax code to enforce its mandatory-insurance requirement (and on the IRS to assess penalties). The law’s complex rules and conditions mean that people accustomed to doing their own taxes will face a lot of new questions on their 1040 forms.
A federal judge repudiated a Texas law that requires people who work as hairstylists to mount a series of regulatory hurdles, saying that the state cannot impose a single, uniform set of requirements on everyone who seeks to earn a living as a stylist or barber.
The Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a trial court ruling that forced a 17-year-old girl to continue receiving medical treatment she had attempted vehemently to refuse. The ruling also ensures the girl will continue to remain in state custody against her will.
President Obama last week unveiled an ambitious plan to send everyone to two-year colleges for free. The administration initially refused to attach a cost estimate to such a plan, before reversing itself late Friday and offering a figure.
The U.S. unemployment rate inched down to an impressive 5.6 percent in December, continuing a trend that, on its surface, suggests a dramatic recovery in the labor force. But, of course, that 5.6 percent figure is a product of its context.
Just one day after retaliating against a pair of upstart GOP House members who led an unsuccessful bid to derail his campaign for a third term as Speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) attempted to repair his poor rapport with conservatives by declaring himself “the most anti-establishment Speaker” in the party’s history.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest had an interesting, if confusing, take Tuesday on how the Obama administration perceives its role in reaching bipartisan consensus with the Republican-controlled Congress.
Al Sharpton explained this week that a recent story accusing his nonprofit of blackmailing companies by threatening them with accusations of racism simply isn’t true.
A day following his election to a third term as speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) set about to punish members of a small group of conservative dissenting lawmakers who had cast votes against him.
A 17-year-old Connecticut girl was so adamant about declining treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma that she reportedly ran away from home in order to avoid a state-mandated round of chemotherapy. Now, she’s in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, thanks to a judge’s order.
It’s not often you see a headline like this in The New York Times: “Health Care Fixes Backed by Harvard’s Experts Now Roil Its Faculty.”
New Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is indicating he’ll attempt to steer his party in a benign direction as his leadership style helps shape public perceptions of the GOP — and its presidential nominee’s chances — heading into the 2016 election cycle.
Sharyl Attkisson, the former CBS News investigative reporter whose Benghazi coverage got too ambitious for the network to support, is suing the Obama administration’s Justice Department for the illegal role she claims the DOJ played in hacking her computers and spying on her information-gathering activity.
A California assemblyman has drafted a bill that aims to ban the use of the “Redskins” moniker from use at all of the state’s public schools. Reportedly, Louis Alejo, a Democrat from Watsonville, introduced the bill in early December in order to “phase out that particular derogatory term.”
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is so disliked by his conservative GOP home base that he may have to purge party leadership at the local level, one party official at a time, in order to shore up his campaign to win another nomination in the 2016 primary election.
Most observers expected the Affordable Care Act to effect a profound shift in the way many businesses approached building a workforce, thanks to requirements that created new costs for employers who retain full-time, benefits-eligible staff.
If you’ve watched Al Sharpton operate, you know how this works — probably well enough to do it yourself. Sharpton’s nonprofit has the market cornered on race-shaming the corporate world, and it’s a lucrative one.
A look back at a highlight reel of 2014’s most dispiriting anecdotes of nanny-state failures and overzealous applications of laws and policies doesn’t offer much hope for a freer, more sensible 2015.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed off on a legislative measure that will implement mandatory drug testing for certain recipients of government benefits, making the state the latest among a growing handful to place state-level qualifiers on its administration of federal welfare programs.
Barack Obama’s Hawaiian golf outing forced a pair of U.S. Army captains who’d planned on getting married at the Kaneohe Kipper Golf Course to change their plans at the last minute.
Reason’s J.D. Tucille described IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s mild threat of delayed customer service and long waits for tax returns as “an all-hands-on-deck spin on IRS cuts,” pointing out that less customer service might actually be a benefit.
Congressional Republicans are alleging that Alissa Starzak, President Obama’s nominee to serve as general counsel for the U.S. Army, may have played a role in stealing the “Panetta Review,” a batch of classified CIA documents outlining the treatment of terror detainees.