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Chicago VA Spent 3X More On Painters Than Quality Assurance

After embattled VA Undersecretary for Health, Dr. Robert Petzel announced his resignation/retirement, the Obama Administration nominated Dr. Jeffery Murawsky, a regional VA director as his replacement. Dr. Murawsky's current portfolio, however, includes overseeing the large Edward Hines Jr. VA hospital outside Chicago. Given the problems plaguing that VA hospital, though, the personnel reshuffle may be a distinction without a difference. May 21, 2014 1:45 PM PT

Clinton Ally Clobbered On 'Super Tuesday' Primary Night

On Tuesday, former Congresswomen Marjorie Margolies, mother of Chelsea Clinton's husband was clobbered in her bid for a comeback in Pennsylvania's Democrat primary. Despite active campaigning by Bill and Hillary and aggressive support from the money-rich Emily's List, Margolies lost to 37-year old state Rep. Brendan Boyle by a margin of 47-21 (marginal candidates rounded out the vote). The results raise questions about the Clintons' political juice ahead of the 2016 presidential election. May 21, 2014 9:32 AM PT

May 20: 'Super Tuesday' Primary Preview

On Tuesday, voters in 6 states will head to the polls to select party nominees for the general election in November. It's the first "Super Tuesday" of the 2014 primary season. The results will fill in more lines on the upcoming midterm elections. Here are some particular races to watch. May 19, 2014 1:26 PM PT

Exclusive: Citizens Arrest Park District Board for Breaking Law

On Tuesday, around 30 citizens attended a meeting of the Clark County, IL Park District Board. Most wished to address the Board over several recent controversies and allegations of corruption. In the face of this, the Board said a public comment period wasn't on the agenda and quickly moved to adjourn the meeting. Citizen John Kraft then informed the board that he was making a citizens' arrest of the members as provided under Illinois state law. May 16, 2014 9:12 AM PT

Santorum Voices Support for Minimum Wage Hike

Appearing Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum reiterated his support for hiking the federal minimum wage. He explained that Republican opposition to mandating a wage increase alienated the GOP from working-class Americans. His is the latest national Republican voice calling on the party to support a mandated wage hike. May 12, 2014 8:19 AM PT

Internet Tax Ban Set to Expire in November

Unless Congress acts soon, a federal moratorium on taxing internet access will expire before the end of the year, allowing states and localities to tax consumers online access. The ban, the Internet Tax Freedom Act, was passed in 1998, the infancy of the online world. It has been extended several times, as the internet became a bigger part of our daily lives. The current extension, however, expires on November 1st. There has been little legislative action to extend the ban. May 8, 2014 11:19 AM PT

'Settled' Science on Saturated Fats Revised

For decades, Americans have organized their diet in a way to minimize their intake of saturated fats like butter and red meat. Vegetable oils and carbohydrates became a bigger part of our diet, because, we were repeatedly told, animal fats led to heart disease. May 3, 2014 11:12 AM PT

Economy Adds 288k Jobs in April, Unemployment Drops to 6.3%

On Friday, the Labor Department reported the economy gained 288,000 jobs in April. Economists had expected a gain of 218,000 jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to 6.3%, the biggest drop in the rate since September 2008. May 2, 2014 5:47 AM PT

Conservatives Push Against Online Gaming Ban

On Monday, the leaders of 10 conservative organizations sent a letter to Congress outlining their opposition to proposed legislation to extend a federal ban on internet gambling. The letter, obtained by Breitbart News, argues that the legislation would overturn laws in several states and increase federal regulation of the Internet. Apr 28, 2014 9:50 AM PT

Obamacare Slashes Senior Home Health Care Services

In early April, the Obama Administration delayed cuts in the Medicare Advantage program mandated by the ObamaCare law. These plans, used by 30% of Medicare beneficiaries, supplement traditional Medicare coverage. The planned cuts to the MA program risked a political firestorm just months before the midterm elections. While MA received a short-term pardon, the Obama Administration is going forward with dramatic cuts to home health care services for seniors. Apr 23, 2014 7:59 PM PT

Poll: Democrats in Worse Position Than 2010

A new Fox News poll goes a long way to explaining the growing anxiety among Democrats about the upcoming midterm elections. Not only is support for Obama and his signature ObamaCare law underwater, both are more unpopular than they were at this point ahead of the mid-term elections in 2010. Support for the Democrats and ObamaCare, in fact, is less than it was on the eve of the 2010 election, when Republicans routed Democrats up and down the ballot. Apr 22, 2014 9:08 AM PT

Senate Democrats Forced to Defend More Seats

In even a neutral political environment, the 2014 midterms were going to be a challenge for Senate Democrats. They are defending 21 seats to the GOP's 15, with only two of the Republican seats at any kind of risk of flipping to the Democrats. Moreover, Democrats were defending many freshman Senators who first won office in in Republican states in Obama's wave election in 2008. This isn't a neutral political environment, however. Apr 21, 2014 2:33 PM PT

Obama, Greens Undercut Landrieu Reelection on Keystone Pipeline

Embattled Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has made her position as Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee a center-piece of her reelection campaign. The first ad of her campaign, in fact, touted this position and claimed she would be able to expand oil and gas production that is so vital to her state's economy. Her argument that she can deliver for her constituents was severely undercut when the Obama Administration announced late Friday that it was again delaying a decision on approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Apr 21, 2014 1:02 PM PT

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

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