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Health insurers cooking books to game reforms

Insurance companies couldn’t defeat reform legislation, so now they’re re-working their books to avoid its impacts. “Some of the largest U.S. health insurers are changing their accounting practices to book administration costs as medical costs in an attempt to circumvent new industry reforms, according to a U.S. Senate panel’s report…

Oklahoma conservatives, lawmakers plot anti-federal militia

Frustrated by recent political setbacks, tea party leaders and some conservative members of the Oklahoma Legislature say they would like to create a new volunteer militia to help defend against what they believe are improper federal infringements on state sovereignty. Tea party movement leaders say they’ve discussed the idea with…

Obama hails health reform amid ‘momentous week for America’

US President Barack Obama used his traditional radio address Saturday to showcase his administration’s legislative achievements, arguing the country has made steps toward restoring its economic security. “This was a momentous week for America,” the president said. “It was a week in which together, we took bold new steps toward…

McCain, Lieberman team up to perpetuate military tribunals

In a direct election-year challenge to US President Barack Obama on national security, lawmakers unveiled legislation Thursday requiring military interrogations and trials for suspected terrorists. The “Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010,” introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives, also says suspects should not be…

‘I don’t answer to my party,’ Democratic senator brags in ad

Lincoln touts opposition to public option, day after liberals raise million for primary foe A conservative Democratic senator may have angered more than just the progressive base with her new ad. She could be drawing ire from her party’s entire establishment after ripping its legislative priorities. Facing challengers from the…

Republicans unite to halt trials of alleged 9/11 plotters

US lawmakers Tuesday unveiled plans to block public funding for US-based trials involving Guantanamo detainees who are accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks. Republican lawmakers Frank Wolf and Lindsey Graham joined forces to introduce legislation which “would explicitly block this dangerous and wasteful trial from any domestic civilian…

Obama Democrats will pay for ‘garbage’ laws: Boehner

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies will pay in November 2010 mid-term elections for the “garbage” legislation they pushed through the US Congress, a top Republican lawmaker warned Thursday. Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner took aim at Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s remark Wednesday that she was “always…

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