Politics

Sequestration Cuts Medicare Reimbursement Beginning April 1

Sequestration Cuts Medicare Reimbursement Beginning April 1

Newswise — The federal budget sequester went into effect March 1 after a lack of Congressional action to avoid the automatic spending cuts. Effective April 1, Medicare payments to hospitals, doctors, and other health care providers will be reduced by 2%. In the weeks leading up to the March 1 deadline, the Senate twice voted […]

Freedom of (some) information: US ‘national security’ hampers data access

Freedom of (some) information: US ‘national security’ hampers data access

Despite President Obama’s promise that openness will prevail, America’s government agencies continue to tighten their grip over free public access of state documents, AP reports. Papers are mostly being censored to conform to the security policy. America’s Freedom of Information Act has been increasingly sacrificed for the sake of national security, revealed the latest analyses […]

John Kerry: ‘In America you have a right to be stupid’

John Kerry: ‘In America you have a right to be stupid’

US Secretary of State John Kerry advocated First Amendment-protected freedoms during an address in Berlin on Tuesday, and said that thanks to the US Constitution, “you have a right to be stupid if you want to be” in America. Kerry, a long-time Democratic senator from Massachusetts and former presidential hopeful, was speaking to a group […]

Dick Morris Out at Fox, Visits CNN

Dick Morris Out at Fox, Visits CNN

With news breaking Tuesday that long-time Fox News analyst Dick Morris has not had his contract renewed by the cable network, all eyes are turning to Morris’ upcoming appearance on CNN Wednesday night. Morris is slated to join CNN’s Piers Morgan for his 9 p.m. (EST) show to discuss his mysterious disappearance from Fox since […]

Iranian Oops: US may have broken own sanctions by buying Tehran’s oil

Iranian Oops: US may have broken own sanctions by buying Tehran’s oil

There is a high probability that US sanctions against Iran have been violated by its own army. Part of the $1.55 billion in fuel the US bought from Turkmenistan for the Afghan army in the last five years may have originated in Iran. A report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) suggested […]

Ed Koch, Symbol of New York, Passes

Ed Koch, Symbol of New York, Passes

Edward I. Koch, the outspoken three-term New York mayor who led the biggest U.S. city from the brink of bankruptcy in the late 1970s and boosted the spirits of crime-weary residents, has died. He was 88. As mayor and after leaving office, Koch became one of the nation’s most influential Democrats, advocating for issues he […]

Senators release blueprint for Obama’s immigration reform

Senators release blueprint for Obama’s immigration reform

A group of bipartisan senators is on Monday announcing an immigration reform plan that would provide a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants while also tightening border security. Eight lawmakers – four of which are Democrats and four of which are Republicans – worked together on this legislation, which addresses issues they have […]