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Feds to purchase 11 million pounds of surplus cheese

We're talking about 11 million pounds of extra cheese The USDA is giving the cheese to food banks. WIBBITZ<p>PHOENIX — The federal government has announced a plan to buy literally all the extra cheese.<p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that the feds will purchase about 11 million pounds …

Cheese

Homeland eyes special declaration to take charge of elections

Even before the FBI identified new cyberattacks on two separate state election boards, the Department of Homeland Security began considering …

Sea Level

Boundaries to hope

<i>One in a series of occasional articles examining how income disparities are reshaping the region.</i><p>LEXINGTON — Evelyn Brito knew how to navigate her …

Housing

Why a Nurse and a Pastor Object to Being Forced to Help Abort Babies

A pastor and a nurse want Congress to pass legislation that would allow Americans the freedom to opt out of the abortion process.<p>Chris Lewis, lead …

Abortion

Obama’s Influence Could Continue After His Term Through His Political Appointees

Civil service laws have made it nearly impossible to remove government bureaucrats from their jobs. President Barack Obama has a chance to place many …

Government

Hospitals are throwing out organs and denying transplants to meet federal standards

Photo by RunPhoto via Getty Images<p>Hospitals across the United States are throwing away less-than-perfect organs and denying the sickest people …

Health Care

Government Agency Spent Millions on Public Relations Campaign to Improve Image

Top officials at the Government National Mortgage Association spent $3.9 million on a public relations campaign designed to create positive images …

Public Relations

How These States Ensure Welfare Dollars Aren’t Used for Alcohol, Lottery Tickets

A new state law in Maine went into effect last month prohibiting welfare recipients from purchasing items like alcohol, lottery tickets, and tattoos …

Poverty

Lawmakers debate scrapping Tricare

Members of Congress are taking a serious look at abolishing Tricare, the insurance option provided to members of the military and their families.<p>The …

Government

Lexington: Fun on a budget

LexingtonFun on a budget<p>Congress is incapable of restraining spending. It should let the president try<p>print-edition iconFrom the print edition | …

21st Century

How a misplaced comma cost the US government $38.4 million

People who can't use commas correctly, are maddening. They also can be costly. The blog Priceonomics recently told the story of how one misplaced comma cost the government the equivalent of $38.4 million.<p>The whole story is fascinating and totally worth your time, but here's the quick version: at …

Facebook demands DEA stop using fake profile pages to conduct investigations

Facebook has a message for the Drug Enforcement Administration: we don’t like what you’re doing on our website.<p>The social networking giant said in a letter Friday it wants assurances that the federal agency is no longer using fake profile pages to conduct investigations. The letter was in response …

Obama Keeps Passing the Buck

From ISIS to the VA to the Affordable Care Act, the president always seems to find a scapegoat for his administration's failings.<p>In attempting to downplay the political damage from a slew of second-term controversies, President Obama has counted on the American people having a very short memory …

Can anyone fill the competency gap?

Updated 10/06/14 06:36 AM EDT<p>Americans are ready for things to stop breaking. And after the events of last week, they may show a new interest in political candidates who can promise one simple skill: competence.<p>The public was already worn down by Washington gridlock and a general sense that the …

Doctors and hospitals got at least $3.5 billion from industry in just five months

By now, it's no surprise that medicine operates under the influence of industry. For decades, physicians and pharmaceutical companies have enjoyed cozy relationships. Though these links have led to the discovery of life-saving drugs and devices, they have also bred harmful conflicts of interest. …

Has Obama Enforced Immigration Laws? It’s All in How You Count the Numbers

A report published Wednesday showed the Department of Homeland Security removed a record number of illegal immigrants from the country in 2013—many …

Judge rules against White House on Affordable Care Act

Updated 09/30/14 06:25 PM EDT<p>A federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled that Obamacare subsidies cannot go to residents of states that are not running their own insurance exchanges, a second blow to the Obama administration on a issue that threatens a key element of the health law’s coverage …

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40 charts that explain money in politics - Vox

Money suffuses our political system. Candidates must spend huge sums to get elected, and once they do, well-funded interests spend huge sums to influence how they vote. Campaign finance laws are being struck down, and money is rushing into outside groups that don’t have to disclose their donors. …