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Daily Archives: May 9, 2013

Residents seeking medical care wait in line outside of Bethel Free Health Clinic in Biloxi, Mississippi, on March 19, 2013, in order to be one of the dozen or so that will be seen by the volunteer staff. The clinic opened following Hurricane Katrina and continues to provide services for those that are uninsured or underinsured.

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Residents seeking medical care wait in line outside of Bethel Free Health Clinic in Biloxi, Mississippi, on March 19, 2013, in order to be one of the dozen or so that will be seen by the volunteer staff. The clinic opened following Hurricane Katrina and continues to provide services for those that are uninsured or underinsured.

Mississippi’s Medicaid in Doubt

Poor and elderly Mississippians on Medicaid could lose it by July, as Democrats and Republicans there play a game of chicken over expanding the insurance program under the federal health care law. The legislature recessed in April without reauthorizing or...

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Charles Evans, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

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Charles Evans, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Evans to Fed Skeptics: QE Working

With characteristic vigor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans had a message today for skeptics of the central bank’s unprecedented stimulus measures known as quantitative easing. From auto loans to mortgages and employment, all signs are pointing to...

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Lead by Mayor Michael Hancock, Anna and Fran Simon are the first couple to take part in a civil union ceremony at the Webb Building in Denver , on May 1, 2013.

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Lead by Mayor Michael Hancock, Anna and Fran Simon are the first couple to take part in a civil union ceremony at the Webb Building in Denver , on May 1, 2013.

Schumer: Same-Sex Marriage ‘Conundrum’ for Immigration Bill

The two Democratic members of a bipartisan Senate immigration group who sit on the Judiciary Committee are refusing to say whether they’d vote to add protections for same-sex couples to the measure. “I’m not going to get into speculatives,”  Sen....

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., waves as she ends her speech at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 15, 2013.

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., waves as she ends her speech at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 15, 2013.

Ayotte in Crossfire: ‘Can’t Bully Me’

Written with Jonathan Salant Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire says opponents “can’t bully me into changing my vote” on background checks for gun buyers. The opponents in this case, she says, are New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President...

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A man stands in Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence from San Diego, California, on March 21, 2012.

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A man stands in Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence from San Diego, California, on March 21, 2012.

Mexico No ‘Hell Hole,’ Graham Adds

That messaging thing remains a problem for Republicans talking about immigration. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, one of the sponsors of the bipartisan immigration bill under debate today, maintains that he was not calling Mexico a “Hell hole.” “It’s...

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Newly sworn-in Rep. Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky, D-Pa. along with her family, take part in the opening session of the 103rd Congress on Capital Hill in Washington on Jan. 5, 1993.

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Newly sworn-in Rep. Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky, D-Pa. along with her family, take part in the opening session of the 103rd Congress on Capital Hill in Washington on Jan. 5, 1993.

Ex-Rep. Margolies Nears Decision on Pennsylvania Comeback

Former Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Marjorie Margolies, who lost her seat in Congress two decades ago after backing a deficit-reduction law, is making preparations for a comeback House campaign as she nears a final decision on the race. “Marjorie 2014“ was organized...

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Engineers work on the graphite super structures of the science module section of the James Webb Space Telescope at Alliant Techsystems Inc.'s (ATK) Space Components Division in Magna, Utah.

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Engineers work on the graphite super structures of the science module section of the James Webb Space Telescope at Alliant Techsystems Inc.'s (ATK) Space Components Division in Magna, Utah.

Unemployment Claims Lowest Since November 2007

An unexpected decline in applications for jobless benefits last week indicates companies remain optimistic the economy will persevere after cooling in the second quarter. The average number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits in the last four weeks dropped to the lowest...

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, talks prior to an interview at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on May 7, 2013.

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, talks prior to an interview at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on May 7, 2013.

Boehner: Slow Growth Can’t be ‘New Normal’

“We’ve had four years of slow and anemic job growth — and frankly, it’s unacceptable,” House Speaker John Boehner said today. The Ohio Republican attempted to turn the latest unemployment rate against the White House — 7.5 percent reported for...

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Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., right, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), walks with Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Vice Chairman, to a discussion of the JTC on the topic of reforming the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

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Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., right, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), walks with Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Vice Chairman, to a discussion of the JTC on the topic of reforming the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

Zero-Based Tax Reform: Camp, Baucus (‘Max and Dave’)

Welcome to Taxreform.gov — a new bipartisan entry on the Internet sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp, Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Camp says he is...

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