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Study: A full third of US adults go without needed healthcare

Americans are the most likely to go without health care because of the cost and to have trouble paying medical bills even when insured, a survey of 11 wealthy countries found Thursday. “The US stands out for the most negative insurance-related experiences,” the New York-based Commonwealth Fund, the private foundation…

More Americans oppose war in Afghanistan: poll

More Americans now oppose the war in Afghanistan than support it, a new poll showed Thursday, the latest sign of waning public backing for the US-led mission. The Quinnipiac University poll also found a large majority of Americans want to see an end to the ban on gays serving openly…

Cheney: History beginning to ‘come around’ on ‘stand up guy’ Bush

Dick Cheney thinks the sun of history is beginning to shine on his former boss. Speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony for the George W. Bush presidential center in Dallas, Cheney said that “history is beginning to come around” to a rosier view of Bush’s presidency. Cheney asserted that history’s view…

Gen. Petraeus stunned at Karzai’s suggestion that US scale back military operations

US war commander General David Petraeus expressed “astonishment and disappointment” over Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s recent call for a scale back of US military operations, a report said Monday. Petraeus warned Afghan officials that Karzai’s weekend comments — in which he demanded dramatic reductions in operations such as night raids…

Poll: Public doesn’t back GOP plan to repeal health care reform

AP-GfK Poll: Public mixed on GOP agenda, backs broad tax cuts but not health overhaul repeal People back Republican tax cut plans but not the GOP campaign to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, according to a poll suggesting that the Republicans’ big Election Day win was not a…

59 million in US lack health insurance: study

WASHINGTON — In the first quarter of 2010, some 59.1 million people in the United States reported having no health insurance for at least part of the preceding 12 months, a study published Wednesday says. That was up 400,000 compared to the whole of 2009 and up nearly three million…

White House sets new Afghan deadline for 2014

The Obama administration has decided to de-emphasize plans to begin withdrawing US forces from Afghanistan starting July 2011, administration and military officials said Tuesday. The new policy is to be unveiled at a NATO conference in Lisbon next week, where the United States and other NATO countries are set to…

New GOP chairman of Oversight Committee plans hundreds of hearings into executive branch; ’7 a week, 40 weeks a year’

Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is planning to massively expand investigations into the executive branch. Issa plans to hold hundreds of hearings, create new subcommittees, and launch investigations into the bank bailout, the stimulus, and health care reform, according to…

Hundreds of scientists plan rhetorical assault on climate skeptics

Hundreds of US scientists are joining a mass effort to speak out on climate change, experts said Monday after skeptics gained political ground with last week’s Republican gains in Congress. The moves signals a bold approach by scientists, typically reluctant to get involved in policy debates, as US President Barack…

GOP wins in Congress effectively doom ‘Net Neutrality’

The stunning Republican gains in the US elections appear to have doomed efforts to pass a “net neutrality” bill that would require Internet service providers to treat all Web traffic equally. President Barack Obama, Democrats in Congress and Silicon Valley have backed net neutrality but it has met with opposition…

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