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HHS Moves to Cancel More Insurance Plans

The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a rule that would, if implemented, guarantee that even more Americans who like their health insurance plans cannot keep them. Apr 18, 2014 9:20 AM PT

Illinois Taxpayers to Give $100 Million for Obama Library

On Thursday, a committee in the Illinois Legislature approved a plan to spend $100 million in taxpayer funds to help build a presidential library for Barack Obama. While libraries for Bill Clinton and George W Bush were entirely funded by private donations, the Illinois proposal would, perhaps fittingly, build the Obama library on a foundation of public funds. Apr 18, 2014 7:10 AM PT

Democrats Hope Pot Gives Them Boost in Florida

Democrat operatives are openly touting a medical marijuana ballot initiative in Florida as a means of helping Democrats win elections in 2014, saying the move, which will likely help bring young voters to the poll, is necessary for the greater good. Apr 14, 2014 6:59 AM PT

Sebelius Resignation a Nightmare for Democrats

On Thursday, less than two weeks after telling the press she was going to "stick around," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation from the Obama Administration. The announcement caught Washington by surprise, as the chattering class had only recently convinced itself that the troubles for the health care law were in the rear-view mirror. The resignation, though, now triggers two words that could prove a nightmare for Democrats and their hope to stave off disaster in November: "Confirmation Hearing". Apr 11, 2014 8:16 AM PT

Reagan Recovery Was Double the Obama 'Recovery'

As the US approaches the 5th anniversary of the end of the "Great Recession," data from across the spectrum continues to show a weak economy. Whether sales, earnings, or jobs, the data can be best described as mixed. Apr 9, 2014 10:14 AM PT

Only 28% of Illinois Residents Trust State Government

A new survey from Gallup finds residents of Illinois have the least trust in their state government, with just 28% of residents having even a fair amount of trust in the Illinois government to "handle" the state's problems. Apr 5, 2014 8:06 PM PT

Miss: Economy Adds Just 192k Jobs in March

The economy added 192k jobs in March, the Labor Department reported on Friday. Economists expected the economy to add 200k jobs, although in recent days, expectations grew for a big jump in jobs. The unemployment rate remained at 6.7%. Friday's report was a big disappointment. Apr 4, 2014 5:43 AM PT

Huckabee Tops Crowded GOP Field in Iowa

A new poll of Iowa Republicans finds former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee topping a crowded GOP field with a narrow lead over second-place finisher Sen. Rand Paul. Huckabee was the choice of 14% of Republicans, while 10% supported Paul. No other potential GOP candidate cracked into double-digits. Around 25% of Republicans are undecided. Apr 3, 2014 7:57 AM PT

Republicans Poised For Major State-Level Gains in November

If President Obama's poll numbers remain underwater, Republicans are poised to capture control of several state legislatures this fall. The GOP could capture as many as 8 state legislative chambers in November and pick up seats across the country. Apr 2, 2014 8:27 AM PT

Harry Reid Struggles to Keep Minimum Wage Issue Alive

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to scuttle a deal to raise the minimum wage, The Hill reports, despite the fact that the proposed increase matches one proposed by President Obama last year, providing new evidence that Reid and other top Democrats are more interested in giving themselves a political cudgel than a policy victory. Apr 1, 2014 11:35 AM PT

US Government Is World's 3rd Largest Economy

Monday's open enrollment deadline for ObamaCare, which, with its subsidies and tax credits, represents the largest expansion of government, is a good time to assess the total scale of government in the US. Mar 31, 2014 8:31 AM PT

Illinois Moves Closer to 'Millionaires Tax'

Late last week, the Illinois House Revenue Committee approved a plan to impose a tax surcharge on residents earning more than $1 million a year. The measure, backed by Democrat House Speaker Mike Madigan would affect around 14,000 individuals and raise a projected $1 billion, earmarked for public schools. The state is also considering extending a temporary income tax increase for all residents, first passed three years ago. Mar 30, 2014 7:40 AM PT

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