In an unusual White House attack on state legislation, President Barack Obama harshly criticized an Arizona measure to crack down on illegal immigration and made clear Friday that he is looking for an election-year fight over the volatile issue.
The AP reports that a new report by economic experts at the Department of Health and Human Services found that Obamacare "will increase national health care spending by $311 billion from 2010-2019, or nine-tenths of 1 percent." So much for bending the cost curve downward. Read More
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will spawn a new wave of federal and state legislative debate—as well as judicial action—on abortion funding. Moreover, the executive order signed by President Obama on March 24 to limit federal abortion funding will have little or no effect on the new war over taxpayer-funded abortions.
The Senate is expected to take up a proposal, originally authored by Senator Chris Dodd (D–CT), to reform the financial regulatory system in the U.S. The goal is clear: to minimize the chances that another financial crisis—and bailouts—will arise again.
The objective is a good one. Unfortunately, the 1,408-page bill includes numerous provisions that would hurt—not help—consumers and the economy. It would even make another financial crisis or bailout more likely to occur. Read more »
The new leader of Florida's Republican party vowed Friday to end the lavish spending of the last three years that has become a political issue in a U.S. Senate race and says the party will release credit card statements in a bid for transparency.
Is the Tea Party movement nothing but a mirage? That’s the impression left by an odd confluence of recent reports.
First, the Christian Science Monitor’s Patchwork Nation blog reported that the entire Tea Party movement consists of just 67,000 members. PBS NewsHour cross-posted the story on its The Rundown blog the same day.
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons became the first medical society to file suit to overturn the newly enacted health-care law. "If the [law] goes unchallenged, then it spells the end of freedom in medicine as we know it," said Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of AAPS. Read more here
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill Saturday authorizing Utah to file eminent domain proceedings against federally owned land, primarily to gain access to state-owned parcels to be able to drill where trucks and pipelines now can't reach.
President Obama got no lasting bounce in the polls from passing his health care program, but the White House is pushing ahead anyway with a policy drive aimed at capitalizing on his perceived momentum.
After a brief, momentary lift of a few percentage points in the days after clearing health care through Congress, Obama is back at a 48 percent approval rating in Gallup's presidential tracking polls, and 47 percent in Rasmussen Reports'. Read more »