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Electronic Medical Records: A Way to Jack up Billings, Put Patients in Control, or Both?

"Digital records are also being aggressively used to maximize patient billings," and other imperfections on the route to a more sensible health care system.<p>Previously on this topic: my <i>Atlantic</i> Q&A with Dr. David Blumenthal, who supervised the Obama administration effort to move medical records into …

House Democrats push to end congressional probe of Benghazi attacks

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are demanding that Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) end his "partisan" investigation of the September 2012 Benghazi attacks, which cost the lives of four Americans, including that of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.<p>Led …

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Look Where The US Is On This Chart Of Life Expectancy vs Healthcare Spending

In this OECD chart of life expectancy vs. per-capita healthcare spending (tweeted by Conrad Hackett), one nation is clearly different than all the rest: The United States.<p>The U.S. has by far the highest per-capita healthcare spending... and one of the lowest life expectancies of any of the world's …

Barack Obama has shrunk the US federal workforce more than Ronald Reagan

But not nearly as much as Bill Clinton or Harry Truman.<p>The most recent US jobs report highlighted a trend that has defined president Barack Obama’s battle for jobs growth: Even as the private sector expands, reductions in the public workforce are dragging back total job creation—and economic growth.<p>…

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The Deficit: The Talk Is Big, But The Number Is Shrinking

The deficit is the nation's annual budget shortfall, the difference between what the government spends in one year and what it takes in. In 2009, '10, '11 and '12, it was huge.<p>"You look at the president's budget," said House Speaker John Boehner in 2012, "and we've got trillion-dollar deficits for …

Science could explain why your racist relatives are so racist

Recent research suggests that those who degrade minorities could feel ostracized themselves<p>What leads people to develop a hostile, suspicious attitude toward minorities? Social scientists have a variety of theories. But recent research from Germany reports a mindset of intolerance can be triggered …

How the NBA Hooked Nerds

Who’s the most clutch play­er in the NBA? It’s the source of thou­sands of bar-stool and barber­shop ar­gu­ments. And it’s the sort of sub­ject­ive, …

How Media Outlets Sometimes Agree To Agree

When former South African President Nelson Mandela died last month, he was celebrated around the world, lauded in this country by politicians who range as far apart on the ideological spectrum as President Obama and Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.<p>It was easy to forget how controversial a figure Mandela …

When You Defend Phil Robertson, Here's What You're Really Defending

Defenses of Robertson, the star of "Duck Dynasty" suspended for his remarks in an interview with GQ, have focused on the idea that he was just crudely expressing the sincere, Christian view that homosexuality is sinful.<p>Condemnation of Robertson therefore amounts to condemnation of views that are …

Here's Who Makes The Money In This Country — And Who Pays The Income Taxes

The country's highest earners are taking home a bigger percentage of the national income than ever before.<p>This trend is hurting the economy — because the middle class consumers who spend most of the money in the economy don't have much money to spend. And middle-class folks are understandably …

Republicans Have Now Trapped Themselves On Health Care Reform

Throughout October and November, Republicans repeatedly hammered the president for his "if you like your plan, you can keep it" promise.<p>The attacks were twofold:<p>The first criticism is entirely justified and deserved. The president did lie and he must face the consequences of it. But the second one …

Here's Why Democratic Presidents Are Better For The Economy Than Republicans

Two Princeton economists are out with a new study that seeks to explain why. Mostly, the answer seems to be good luck.<p>Alan Blinder, a veteran of the Bill Clinton Council of Economic Advisers, and Mark Watson, who has been at Princeton since 1995, conducted the study. It found that the average real …

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'Call of Duty: Ghosts' Is Modern Military Shooter Fatigue Incarnate

I’m in space. I’m shooting a machine gun, in space.<p>I don’t know what else is left to do at this point. I’ve seen every major landmark on Earth blown up from the Eiffel Tower to the Washington Monument. I’ve killed Russians, Arabs, South Americans and dirty US traitors. I’ve had my character die …

Sound, fury, cliché! Lazy pundits “double down” on “game-changing” “narratives”

Jon Stewart was right: From Fox News to NPR, pundits hurt the political debate by speaking in the same lazy clichés<p>It was February of this year. The radio was tuned to NPR, the subject was austerity, and the great observers of our political moment were speaking with their customary authority. The …

Americans won't throw the bums out in 2014 | Harry J Enten

US Congress,US news,US politics,House of Representatives,US elections 2012<p>Congress has an epically low approval rating, but history and polling suggest there likely won't be an 'anti-incumbent wave'<p>There are two biases that I've seen over and over again in the Washington press, and neither is …

How the religious right won: Birth of the fundamentalists, in our modern times

As a historical phenomenon, fundamentalism is wholly modern. Its victories have come from decades of organizing<p>Fundamentalism is a paradox. Its partisans—of any faith—call for the return to an imagined arcadia in which God’s voice boomed plainly from scripture. Yet as a historical phenomenon, …

Top Reviewers On Amazon Get Tons Of Free Stuff

You're on Amazon.com. You're buying, say, a toaster, and you're checking out the customer reviews. You assume the people writing these reviews are people like you — people who wanted a toaster, went online and bought one. As it turns out, a lot of reviews on Amazon are written by people who are …

Samsung fined $340,000 for faking online comments

After being caught paying for false praise and negative comments about competitors, Samsung has been fined just over $340,000. The issue first arose internationally in April, when Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) announced it was opening an investigation into the allegations. That investigation …

Jon Stewart isn’t “President Obama’s biggest problem”

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza thinks ten minutes of jokes could doom the ACA<p>Washington Post political blogger Chris Cillizza has discovered President Barack Obama's "biggest problem." It is "fanatical Republican opposition to his agenda and a money-captured political system that gives a …

Netflix Tops HBO In Paid U.S. Subscribers As Members Stream 5 Billion Hours Of Content In Q3

Today, Netflix posted its third-quarter earnings, with the streaming video provider exceeding analyst projections thanks to strong subscriber growth in which it added 1.3 million domestically. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells said in a letter to shareholders this afternoon that the …

Slavery, the Rebel flag and the shutdown

<b>Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave" (Fox Searchlight)</b><p>How the toxic effects of white supremacy, seen so clearly in “12 Years a Slave,” endure in American politics<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>October 19, 2013 6:00pm (UTC)<p>Five years before the beginning of the Civil War, Robert …

Vitter Demands Ethics Inquiry After Dems Float Obamacare-Prostitute Bill

Sen. Dav­id Vit­ter wants the Sen­ate Eth­ics Com­mit­tee to launch an in­vest­ig­a­tion of Demo­crats Harry Re­id and Bar­bara Box­er, say­ing the …

The Mess That Is Obamacare

All that's missingat this point is an unfortunate accident while docking in Lakehurst, New Jersey.<p>Now business has scored another win: They've gotten the mandate delayed from 2014 to 2015. The White House swears this is a one-year delay to streamline the reporting requirements. But business …

You’re wrong about John Boehner

He’s actually doing a really good job as speaker of this nuthouse of a Congress. Here’s why<p>Some two years after John Boehner was first reported to be getting in trouble with the Republican conference – two years of constant reports that if this or that happens, he’ll be dumped as speaker and …

The GOP’s Kamikazes Are Back

The House GOP rump is once again running the show, leaving John Boehner scrambling and donors increasingly exasperated. By Eleanor Clift.<p>The …

Great Barrier Reef: Through the Lens of David Doubilet

Reef may be added to list of endangered World Heritage sites.<p><b>Underwater photographer David Doubilet made his first trip to Australia's Great Barrier Reef in 1979. Since then, he's returned 11 times to the 1,400-mile-long (2,254-kilometer-long) kingdom of coral off the Queensland coast.</b><p>In light of …

Shirley Turner Proposes Moving New Jersey Elections In 2013 To October

A Democratic state senator in New Jersey has a response to Gov. Chris Christie's (R) decision to hold an October U.S. Senate special election: Move all elections to that day.<p>State Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Lawrenceville) has introduced legislation to move every state election this year to Oct. 16, the …