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Members of Congress and many of their staffers have only a few more days to enroll in Obamacare, and tensions are rising on Capitol Hill. House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday it took him "three to four hours" to sign up for Obamacare, but he made it through eventually.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden left China for South Korea on Thursday after getting no concessions from Chinese leaders on their claim that China now controls all air space over the East China Sea. Top Chinese officials rebuffed Mr. Biden after his two-day visit in which he urged Beijing to back down from its newly declared air defense zone that puts China in conflict with U.S. allies Japan and South Korea.
Even as it is under fire for lack of accomplishments, the House struck a bipartisan note Thursday by easily passing a bill designed to crack down on bogus patent lawsuits that lawmakers say are sapping innovation. The issue, which was barely on the radar a few months ago, has become a major legislative force: President Obama, who regularly butts heads with House Republicans, cheered their efforts this week, as did many businesses who said they have faced challenges over website design, Wi-Fi ...
If you return a book to the library past its due date, you'll likely have to pay a late fee. But if you're connected to a foreign company and lag behind on filing paperwork, the Internal Revenue Service might just give you a free pass. Investigators think the nation's tax collection agency could be missing out on an annual $31 million payday because it's incorrectly revoking late fees it assesses to corporate individuals.
While the White House continues to struggle with technical issues on the health care insurance website, the Internal Revenue Service is experiencing its own glitches costing millions. A new information database, aimed at improving customer service for taxpayers, has been delayed again, increasing the cost of deployment by 74 percent from $47 million to $83 million. The IRS has delayed the implementation of the system due to issues with data processing and user safety, according to a Treasury ...
A federal advisory panel on blood-donor policies voted Thursday to ask the government to put a new surveillance system in place as a steppingstone to permitting some gay and bisexual men to give blood. The panel of medical professionals didn't change the current lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM).
Federal prosecutors have charged 49 Russian diplomats and their spouses with cheating Medicaid out of $1.5 million, which some of them used to buy concert tickets, helicopter rides and shopping sprees at Tiffany's and Bloomingdale's in New York. Despite the charges, no arrests have been made and no trials are likely, as the Russians have dimplomatic immunity, prosecutors acknowledged. At most, the U.S. could expel the 11 of the 49 charged believed to still be in the country.
Is the Bible merely a holy book to be read during worship services and for personal devotion? Or can the Scriptures offer clues to better living? Those questions came to the fore this week as Rick Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., released "The Daniel Plan," a book that links diet, health and spirituality. The name comes from the Old Testament story of Daniel, whose eponymous book details the life he and his friends lived in ancient Babylon after being taken i...
The labor movement's latest fast-food protest drew a "delicious backlash" Thursday from the burger-loving opposition. Critics of the Service Employees International Union's push to organize the fast-food industry went out of their way Thursday to buy chicken nuggets, onion rings and milkshakes in a show of solidarity with their local franchises.
The nation's economy overcame a round of federal budget cuts and posted a surprisingly strong 3.6 percent growth rate in the summer quarter, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The pickup in growth from 2.5 percent in the second quarter reflected an economy firing on nearly all cylinders, with contributions from consumers and businesses, exports and state and local governments, as well as a sterling performance by the housing market.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's new push to get involved in Republican primaries by defending incumbents against tea party challengers could actually make it easier to unseat them, according to the head of the influential Club for Growth. Chris Chocola, the club's president, said the battle between the chamber, which he said advocates big business, and the rank-and- file free-market conservatives whom his group represents is well underway as Republicans try to field their candidates for the 20...
Westerners have joined al Qaeda-linked groups in Syria in unprecedented numbers, increasing the risk that they will strike their home countries, including the U.S., a key Republican lawmaker said Thursday. Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said al Qaeda's core group, based on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, sees such Westerners as a means to conduct "external operations."
The Pentagon plans to send about 60 civilian workers, including contractors, to the Middle East early next year to destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpile on a ship in the Mediterranean Sea. Several specialists from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is tasked with overseeing the dismantling of Syria's chemical arms program, would assist Pentagon personnel in the mission, defense officials said Thursday.
ISRAELI AT WHITE HOUSE Forty years after legendary Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir held talks with Richard M. Nixon at the White House, another Israeli citizen named Golda met an American president.
The two men were face to face only once, a brief 2005 handshake and conversation in a Washington hotel room. Then, President Obama was a junior senator from Illinois and was only beginning his meteoric political rise, which ultimately propelled him into the White House in 2008 and into the history books as America's first black president.
The D.C. area is facing its first serious winter storm of the season this weekend, as sleet, snow and single-digit temperatures make their way into the area. The National Weather Service predicted a "wintry mix" for Sunday, the result of an eastbound storm that dumped several feet of snow on the Plains and drove temperatures into the negative double-digits earlier this week.
Authorities are investigating whether a D.C. police officer was running a prostitution ring out of his Southeast home after a missing teenage girl was found there. The 16-year-old girl told investigators she had met the officer two weeks earlier and that during that time he put her in contact with a man who would pay her $80 for sex, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in federal court. She said she also met six other women at the officer's apartment who told the girl they made mone...
Solar panel maker Solaria had tens of millions of dollars in private equity lined up in 2011 to finance an overseas expansion, but opted instead to go with an independent federal agency that offered good terms and seemed eager to provide funding. But a year after signing a $30 million commitment letter, the Overseas Private Investment Corp. walked away from its deal with Solaria, forcing the company to lay off employees and struggle to regroup, said Solaria President Suvi Sharma.
Major League Baseball's offseason often crests with its annual winter meetings, held this year in Orlando, Fla., next Monday through Thursday. With all of the sport's key executives and agents in one location, signings and trades come fast and furious. It is where Albert Pujols ditched the St. Louis Cardinals two years ago and signed his massive contract with the Angels and where the Nationals stunned baseball by signing Jayson Werth on the eve of the 2010 meetings.
Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison for his armed militancy against South Africa's apartheid regime only to emerge as a global icon for peaceful resistance and become his nation's first black president, died Thursday in Johannesburg after a long illness. He was 95. South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement at a news conference late Thursday, saying "we've lost our greatest son" and calling the Nobel Peace laureate "Mandiba," the traditional clan name of Mr. Mandela.
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