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AG Sessions paves way for stricter sentencing in criminal cases

<b>(CNN) —</b> Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a new directive for federal prosecutors across the country: charge suspects with the most serious offense you can prove.<p>Friday's announcement follows a line of several other significant departures from Obama-era domestic policies at the Justice Department, …

Justice

Feds to purchase 11 million pounds of surplus cheese

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 of cheese for "private inventories." Before you get in line, though, know that basically this means the …

U.S. Department of Agriculture

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 …

Supreme Court puts the brakes on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Tuesday evening, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay, halting implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan pending the resolution of legal challenges to the program in court. The CPP is arguably the Obama administration’s signature environmental initiative, …

Climate

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Immigrants could wait until 2019 to have cases resolved

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Thousands of immigrants seeking legalization through the U.S. court system have had their hearings canceled and are being told by the government that it may be 2019 or later before their futures are resolved.<p>Some immigration lawyers fear the delay will leave their clients at risk …

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 …

Fun on a budget

AT THE end of Barack Obama’s budget, which was published on February 2nd, the administration thanks 614 people by name for putting the thing …

Economics

The New Bureaucratic Brazenness

Official arrogance is the source of public cynicism.<p>We’re all used to a certain amount of doublespeak and bureaucratese in government hearings. That’s as old as forever. But in the past year of listening to testimony from government officials, there is something different about the boredom and …

Criminal Justice

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 …

U.S. Government

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 …

Facebook

The biggest backlog in the federal government | The Washington Post

Published on October 18, 2014<p><b>BREAKING POINTS | 2014 UPDATE</b> <i><br>The waiting list at one troubled Social Security office has is now more than 1 million people long.</i> Read the full update.<p>In an obscure corner of the federal bureaucracy, there is an office that is 990,399 cases behind.<p>That is Washington’s …

Social Security

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?

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 United States is in decline. …

Secret Service

HHS is kicking immigrants off Obamacare coverage without fair warning, complaints allege

Potentially tens of thousands of people set to lose new health coverage on Tuesday didn't receive proper warning that they were at risk of becoming uninsured, new federal complaints allege.<p>About 115,000 people are expected to lose new coverage purchased through the federal health insurance …

ObamaCare

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. …

Health Care

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

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 expansion.<p>Judge Ronald A. White said …

Judiciary

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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. …

Government