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How Not to Buy The Most Costly Weapon System in the History of the World

The <i>good</i> news is that someone finally did a study to see if <i>one-size-fits-all-services</i> warplanes actually save the taxpayers money.<p>The <i>bad</i> news is that …

Up next: The administration’s pivot to Africa

The startling size, scope, and growth of U.S. military operations on the African continent<p>They’re involved in Algeria and Angola, Benin and Botswana, Burkina Faso and Burundi, Cameroon and the Cape Verde Islands. And that’s just the ABCs of the situation. Skip to the end of the alphabet and the …

Your doctor copays are too high!

We’ve chosen a cost-sharing system of high-deductible health care. Here’s why it’s grossly unfair to Americans<p>Until recently, the high-deductible health insurance plan – pay less up front, and more when you get sick – was something of a novelty product, marketed to the young and healthy. Now, …

Edward Snowden Walked Right Into A Bizarre Alliance Between Wikileaks And Russia

The Kremlin and the renegade publisher haven't overtly coordinated moves in regards to Snowden, but they certainly haven't been working against each other.<p>And the two had a shared history before Snowden arrived on June 23.<p>Here are a few notable details from a tentative timeline of Edward Snowden …

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How The Financial Crisis Helped Turn Big Banks Into Global Commodities Kings

Should we be shocked that the ramifications of the financial crises are still reverberating years later with unexpected repercussions? Not in the slightest.<p>Without the financial crisis, Wall Street's legally designated, FDIC insured, bank holding companies (FHCs) would not have had the opportunity …

Wall Street

The GOP's Entire Budget Strategy Collapsed Yesterday, And Almost No One Noticed

That was the result of a seemingly nonchalant debate over a bill to fund the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, which blew up in House Republicans' faces on Wednesday.<p>The THUD bill was, well, a thud, and it was pulled from the House floor amid the realization that it …

Republicans

Intrigue Surrounding The Secret CIA Operation In Benghazi Is Not Going Away

Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) agreed, saying: "There are questions that must be asked of the CIA and this must be done in a public way."<p>The Agency, for its part, doesn't want anyone knowing what it was doing in the Libyan port city.<p>On Thursday Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston of CNN reported …

National Security

Give Manning and Snowden the Nobel Peace Prize

If the Nobel committee had any guts, it would honor America’s leakers and deliver a smackdown to the security state<p>In an op-ed for the Guardian earlier this summer, Máiread Corrigan Maguire, an Irish activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 and has devoted her life to working for peace in …

Obama finally has a good economic idea – too bad no one's listening

Obama can't have a 'grand bargain' on corporate taxes and infrastructure if no one will bargain with him<p>You can't have a "grand bargain" if no one will bargain with you, and that's the awkward situation President Obama finds himself in this week.<p>Obama is intent on pushing through an economic plan …

Edward Snowden asylum: US 'disappointed' by Russian decision

White House says Moscow should hand back whistleblower and hints Barack Obama might boycott Vladimir Putin meeting<p>The White House expressed anger and dismay on Thursday after Russia granted temporary asylum to the American whistleblower Edward Snowden and allowed him to leave the Moscow airport …

Now We Know Why Googling 'Pressure Cookers' Gets a Visit from Cops

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same …

White House will make economic argument for immigration reform

President Obama hopes to show that opening up the immigration system could… (Evan Vucci / Associated…)<p>WASHINGTON – Seeking to pressure the House to act on immigration reform, White House officials are launching a state-by-state campaign to convince voters that opening up the immigration system …

Senate committee to NSA: “If this program is not effective, it has to end”

During a hearing Wednesday, Sen. Patrick Leahy expressed skepticism that surveillance is thwarting terror plots<p>The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday to press for details on the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs.<p>Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Democratic chairman of the …

GOP's Long-Predicted Comeuppance Has Arrived

Republicans have dealt with some embarrassing moments on the House floor over the past year, but none so revealing or damning as today’s snafu, when …

Sen. Rand Paul loses effort to cut off aid to Egypt

WASHINGTON -- An effort by Sen.<p>Rand Paul(R-Ky.) to cut off $1.5 billion in U.S. aid to Egypt failed on a vote of 86-13 in the Senate on Wednesday, indicating continued broad support for the argument that the United States will have more leverage over Egypt’s military government by keeping the cash …

Public gets first look at once-secret court order on NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON -- The public got its first look at the secret court order that authorized the government’s vast collection of records of domestic telephone calls as the Obama administration moved Wednesday to try to boost public confidence in the<p>National Security Agency’s program.<p>The order from the …

This One Tweet Reveals What's Wrong With American Business Culture And The Economy

A sharp drop in government spending this year is, in fact, temporarily hurting economic growth, but that's not the real problem.<p>The real problem is that American corporations, which are richer and more profitable than they have ever been in history, have become so obsessed with "maximizing …

Economics

White House closes inquiry into Afghan massacre

The investigation found no US personnel were involved, but administration officials refuse to release further info<p>Soon after taking office, President Obama pledged to open a new inquiry into the deaths of perhaps thousands of Taliban prisoners of war at the hands of U.S.-allied Afghan fighters in …

Obama administration to release secret court order on phone records

WASHINGTON-- The Obama administration plans to release a previously secret court order that set out the rules and rationale for the bulk collection of U.S. phone records as officials seek to quell growing unrest inCongressover the government’s massive information dragnet.<p>According to a senior U.S. …

Earth to Obama: Amazon's Jobs Are Dirty Work

<b>This afternoon,</b> President Obama heads to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to speak at Amazon.com's 1 million square foot fulfillment warehouse that was the single biggest job creator in the state when it opened in 2011. Amazon plans to hire 5,000 more people for the holiday shopping rush. Obama's topic? …

Natural Gas

That's Why They're So Scared

The fear among establishment and mainstream Republicans is palpable. If the GOP kills immigration reform it will get pretty much all the blame and …

Barack Obama Did Not Propose A Corporate Tax Cut, But The Media Keeps Saying He Did

Here's what really happened. Obama proposed a corporate tax overhaul that would cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 28%. He would also greatly expand the corporate tax base, for example by reducing deductions for interest expenses and taxing more foreign income of U.S.-based multinationals.<p>These …

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