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Obama Administration Not Budging On Medicare Competitive Bidding

Despite Congressional pressure and lobbying from the home care and medical device industries, the Obama administration isn’t backing off from plans to proceed with a program designed to save billions of dollars on everything from diabetes testing devices and wheelchairs for seniors.<p>The Obama …

Our theocracy nightmare: President Palin’s martial law

What if McCain/Palin won, then McCain died — and a terror attack followed. Apocalyptic fiction from a nightmare<p>It is obvious in retrospect that only an external attack like that on 7/22 could have saved the Palin presidency. Without it, would any of what followed have happened? I doubt it. The …

Contra George Mitchell, NSA Surveillance Is Not a Minor Issue

The former Senate majority leader suggested that controversies over surveillance, the IRS and Benghazi are distractions.<p>Reuters<p>In an item yesterday, I praised the considerable accomplishments and reflectiveness of statesman George Mitchell. I also noted that I often disagree with his politics …

Rand Paul: I'm Not My Dad

With 2016 in his sights, Rand Paul is distancing himself from some of his father’s more extreme views.<p>Rand Paul is a pol who can read his …

America’s split personality: Paranoid superstate and land of equality

From “The Heat” to “White House Down,” from Snowden to gay rights, America plays both hero and villain<p>At the close of one of the most momentous news weeks in recent history – with a historic step forward for marriage equality, a historic disembowelment of voting rights and the United States coming …

I was raised like Paula Deen

<b>Paula Dean (AP/Peter Kramer)</b><p>Racism was so ingrained in my Southern family, they never even realized they were racist. Now we no longer speak<p>Dustin Rowles<p>June 29, 2013 5:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on Pajiba.<p>Paula Deen is a racist, and like a lot of racists in the South, she honestly …

Senate Student Loan Proposals Fail To Advance As Rate Surge Looms

Some 7 million college students will see their borrowing costs double next week after Republicans and Democrats paid little attention to the issue for 11 months, then spent the past month vainly squabbling over a solution.<p>Senate Democrats on Thursday rallied against a potential bipartisan …

Gay Married Couple Receives Green Card Approval

It is "the first time in U.S. history a marriage-based green card petition filed by a gay couple has been approved," advocacy group says. The move comes just days after the Supreme Court held DOMA's ban on the federal government recognizing gay couples' marriages unconstitutional.<p>WASHINGTON — A …

American Student Killed In Egypt Was A Teacher Who 'Cared Profoundly' About The Region

AP<p>An American university student killed during a protest in Egypt was in the country teaching English to children and improving his Arabic because he "cared profoundly" about the region, his family has said.<p>Andrew Pochter, 21, from Chevy Chase, Maryland, died after being stabbed in the chest in the …

4 New Slides Of The NSA's PRISM Spying Program Have Been Published

The slides — given to the Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden— show more detail of the flow of information from private companies to the NSA, how the information was analyzed, and how many people were targeted by the PRISM program.<p>The new slides show more details of NSA's possible "direct …

Obama's Shift Toward Communitarianism

Barack Obama was never going to be a champion of civil liberties; he leads a very old and quickly growing strain of the Democratic Party that …

Supreme Court Decision on DOMA, New Portrait Have Barney Frank Smiling

The irascible ex-congressman’s husband is now eligible for health insurance, he tells Eleanor Clift.<p>As the first member of the U.S. Congress to enter …

Supreme Court Asked To Stop Gay Weddings In California

Less than 24 hours after California started issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, lawyers for the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom filed an emergency petition to the high court Saturday asking it to halt the weddings on the grounds that its decision was not yet legally final. They …

SCOTUS: No right to remain silent unless you speak up

Its little-covered ruling in Salinas v. Texas could have major implications for future criminal prosecutions<p>If you want to invoke your constitutional right to remain silent, you’d better not be silent.<p>That’s the circular logic of a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which held that simply …

Thanks for nothing, college!

The studies extolling college’s virtues are outdated and misguided. Here’s what’s really happening to Millennials<p>In the latest episode of "Congress Comes Together to Screw Millennials," we get news that, unless the Senate acts soon, Stafford Loan interest rates will automatically double this coming …