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Don’t Blame Trump When ObamaCare Rates Jump

California’s insurance commissioner discovers an ‘uncertainty’ that eluded him last year.<p>Insurers must submit applications by next Wednesday to sell plans through HealthCare.gov, and these will give us some of the first indicators of how high ObamaCare costs will skyrocket in 2018. ObamaCare …

Insurance

Visa Shortage Spurs Vacancies, for Jobs, at a Tourist Getaway

Mackinac Island has a permanent population of about 500 people and just as many horses, but no cars. From May to October, the picturesque Michigan getaway relies on about 3,000 workers to power its economic engine: summer tourism.<p>Historically, up to a third of those workers are foreigners, …

Immigration

Many foreign nationals who are not deported commit more crimes

At least 121 killings within a four-year span were carried out by convicted immigrants who were not deported, according to a 2015 U.S. Senate …

Stop calling almond, soy and rice milks 'milk,' 25 members of Congress say

Got milk? Twenty-five members of Congress say if it's from soybeans, almond or rice, it should not be labeled as milk.<p>Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), leading the bipartisan charge against “fake milk,” signed a letter along with other congressional members, asking the U.S. …

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Most Welfare Dollars Don’t Go Directly To Poor People Anymore

Twenty years after President Bill Clinton fulfilled his vow to “end welfare as we know it,” it’s fair to say: mission accomplished. The old U.S. …

Is marijuana legalization in California the beginning of the end of the war on weed?

The door to legalized marijuana in California cracked ajar in 1996, when voters approved the Compassionate Use Act, which allowed doctors to recommend cannabis to their patients.<p>In November, the door flew open as voters approved Proposition 64 by a wide margin, a measure that legalizes marijuana …

Cannabis

Oklahoma Lawmaker Abandons Anti-Abortion Bathroom Signs Law

Republican Sen. A.J. Griffin, who had sponsored the original bill passed by the Legislature, proposed an amendment that would require the signs only …

Cities Argue For a Bigger Share Of Pot Tax Revenue

When voters in four U.S. states — Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon — approved recreational marijuana sales, part of the appeal was the promise of a new revenue source to buoy cash-strapped cities and states.<p>But tensions are growing in those four states over how the tax rewards from pot sales …

Cannabis

Column: Raising the minimum wage lowers employment for teens and low-skill workers

Photo by Sean Murphy/The Image Bank via Getty Images.A report by the National Employment Law Project estimates that American workers will gain $62 …

Equality

Congress: Obama admin fired top scientist to advance climate change plans

A new congressional investigation has determined that the Obama administration fired a top scientist and intimidated staff at the Department of Energy in order to further its climate change agenda, according to a new report that alleges the administration ordered top officials to obstruct Congress …

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 …

State officials under pressure to OK ObamaCare premium hikes

State insurance officials say they are feeling pressure to approve large ObamaCare premium increases to prevent more insurers losing money from …

When Assisted Suicide Becomes Coercive

Even the best intentions cannot reverse the insidious effects of a wrong policy. When those who advocate for assisted suicide cite a benevolent …

Judiciary

Angry Texas Judge Confronts U.S. on Immigration Plan ‘Lies’ - Bloomberg

Lawyers for the federal government have been squirming for more than a year under the threat of punishment from a Texas judge who’s convinced they …

1 Syrian family, among 10,000 refugees, settles into US life

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh took part in a ceremony Sunday in Amman, Jordan, to mark the United States taking in its goal of 10,000 Syrian refugees in a year-old resettlement program.<p>By Wednesday, the 47-year-old former construction worker and his family were walking grocery …

‘Affordable care’? Not so fast.

Four ways Obamacare is pushing costs onto consumers.<p>The word is right there in the name of the law: “Affordable.” The ACA promised to bring health insurance down to earth, letting uninsured people buy policies that didn't break the bank, and bringing the astonishing cost of medical care into reach …

Health Care

A Lobbyist Wrote the Bill. Will the Tobacco Industry Win Its E-Cigarette Fight?

WASHINGTON — The e-cigarette and cigar industries have enlisted high-profile lobbyists and influential congressional allies in an attempt to stop the Food and Drug Administration from retroactively examining their products for public health risks or banning them from the market.<p>The campaign targets …

Government

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

Even ‘Medical’ Marijuana Has Dangers

Sorry, pot pushers—your “medical marijuana” is still a Schedule 1 controlled substance.<p>In a recent press release, the Drug Enforcement Administration …

Key questions and answers about Obama’s new budget

President Obama is scheduled to release his annual budget Monday morning, a big book that includes the details of where he thinks the federal government should raise money and where it should spend it. In the $4 trillion budget, the president will call for an increase in spending and a series of …

Congressional Committees

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 …

Silly Obama uses 'selfie stick,' asks 'Can I live?' in new video

President Obama showed his sillier side Thursday by posing with a "selfie stick," sticking out his tongue and playing a rousing game of air ball in a …

Low-key but on target, Obamacare season nears its end

Obamacare enrollment draws to a close Sunday night, and all signs point to the White House easily meeting its target of getting 9 million Americans covered in 2015 — a drama-free ending to a season that proved a 180-degree turnaround from last year’s many problems.<p>The quiet conclusion isn’t just …

Health Care

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