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U.S. and G7 nations reject Russian invitation to meet in Sochi

The G7 group of top economic powers on Monday scrapped a planned meeting to be hosted by Russia as they sought to deepen Moscow’s isolation over the Ukraine crisis. After emergency talks called by U.S. President Barack Obama, the G7 said they would hold a meeting in Brussels without Russia…

Obamacare deadline to be extended for people fighting ‘glitches’ while enrolling online

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration will soon issue new Obamacare guidelines allowing people to enroll in health coverage after a March 31 deadline, but only under certain circumstances, according to sources close to the administration. The sources said the new federal guidelines for consumers in the…

Insurers see double-digit Obamacare price rises in 2015 due to lack of enrollees

By David Morgan and Caroline Humer (Reuters) – U.S. consumers eligible for Obamacare health plans could see double-digit price hikes next year in states that fail to draw large numbers of enrollees for 2014, including some states that have been hostile to the healthcare law, according to insurance industry officials…

Putin shrugs off U.S. sanctions on top aides but holds off on reprisals

President Vladimir Putin on Friday made light of the latest US sanctions against his aides over the Ukraine crisis, saying Moscow would hold off on reciprocal punitive measures. “You know, both in the first case — the American sanctions — and in the second case — the introduction of a…

South Carolina lawmakers fail in attempt to undo Obamacare

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – South Carolina lawmakers failed to derail implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law in the state when a measure was defeated in the Republican-controlled Senate. Last year, the state House passed an amendment that nullified the law by calling for…

Members of Congress ‘proud’ to be sanctioned by Russia’s Putin

US lawmakers scoffed at sanctions imposed on them by Russia Thursday, saying it was a point of pride to be on President Vladimir Putin’s blacklist. Minutes after President Barack Obama announced expanded sanctions against Russian officials over the Ukraine crisis, the Kremlin struck back with travel bans against US lawmakers,…

Senate confirms Wall Street critic for Treasury Department post

By Richard Cowan and Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin to be the No. 2 official at the Treasury Department, backing a critic of Wall Street to help coordinate an overhaul of financial regulations. The Senate approved the nomination…

FL teacher who routinely tweets ‘OBAMA IS A P*SSY’ upset at exclusion from Obama event

A social studies teacher at a Florida high school is claiming that his “right to free speech” was violated when school administrators barred him from a recent appearance of President Barack Obama. Coral Reef Senior High teacher Randall Scott had said that he “would rather dine in Hell with Satan”…

GOP lawmaker to Obama: No more funny stuff until all Benghazi questions answered

A Texas Republican lawmaker was less than amused by President Barack Obama trading insults with comedian Galifianakis during a light-hearted interview segment. “The President shouldn’t be wasting time on a parody interview,” tweeted Rep Randy Weber (R-TX). “He should be focusing on the current state of affairs across the globe.”…

WATCH: Senior DEA official refuses to say whether weed is more dangerous than alcohol

A senior U.S. drug enforcement official refused to state whether alcohol was more or less dangerous than marijuana during a House oversight committee hearing on Tuesday. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) asked DEA deputy director Thomas Harrigan about recent comments made by his colleague, DEA administrator Michele Leonhart. At the National…

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