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UnitedHealth CEO made $102 million in 2009, including options

Health insurer UnitedHealth Group overcame a sluggish economy last year to manage 28 percent profit growth and rewarded CEO Stephen Hemsley by more than doubling his total compensation. An Associated Press analysis found that the 57-year-old executive received 2009 total compensation valued at $8.9 million from the Minnetonka, Minn., company,…

Obama’s abortion deal reverses pro-choice campaign pledge

With the flick of President Obama’s pen this week, Democrats celebrated a historic victory on health reform. But soon after all the cameras had left the room, the president signed an executive order that gave new life to another law he once condemned. The two-page document helped Obama and his…

GOP official racks up 1 million American Express points

The Florida Republican Party is in disarray, with two of its top operatives embroiled in financial scandals that threaten to derail the party’s efforts to win seats in this year’s mid-term elections. Party Chairman Jim Greer is resigning after it was revealed that he had entered into a secret contract…

Scarborough: CIA has video of Afghan suicide attack

MSNBC’s Morning Joe‘s executive producer reported Wednesday morning that the network has been told there is video of the suicide bomb attack that killed seven CIA employees in Afghanistan last week. The show’s executive producer, Chris Licht, posted a terse entry on his Twitter page Wednesday, saying, “Breaking news: Sources…

The new Katrina flood: Hospital liability

Three years before Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, a senior executive at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital assessed its vulnerability to the sort of flooding that had been long feared there. Her conclusion is now evidence in a lawsuit against Methodist that could have significant implications for hospitals nationwide. “The first…

US approves million-dollar pay for bailed out execs

WASHINGTON — US officials unveiled pay packages for top executives at bailed-out housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac worth as much as six million dollars in a new step back from a clampdown on executive compensation. Documents filed by the regulator for the two firms showed Fannie Mae…

Huckabee says Palin has more experience than Obama

“She has more management experience and executive experience than Barack Obama.” Hillary Clinton? Carly Fiorina? Nancy Pelosi? Nope: Sarah Palin, according to former Republican Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who told Katie Couric in an interview that he’d “absolutely” vote for the erstwhile Alaska governor who quit her job over the…

Court rules victim of ‘extraordinary rendition’ can’t sue

Lawyer: Ruling places executive officials ‘above the law’ A Canadian citizen who was wrongly identified as a terrorist suspect and reportedly tortured in a Syrian prison for nearly a year after US authorities sent him there has lost his bid to sue the US government. In a 7 to 4…

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