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For Thanksgiving, Why Does the President Only Pardon White Turkeys?

November 26, 2014 When I was very young I lived in a big house in a small city in a rather rural, impoverished part of Southern Mexico. The house had a substantial flower and vegetable garden and, for a while, a turkey I'd sometimes find somewhere between the patch of sunflowers and the...

The Biggest News in the Healthcare.gov Report: Just How Bad It Was

December 2, 2013 Federal officials said Sunday they had achieved their goal of making Healthcare.gov work smoothly for the vast majority of users. "The site is now stable and operating at its intended capacity," Jeffrey Zients said in a morning conference call with reporters that formally announced the achievement of a trio of...

The Deadline for Fixing Obamacare Is Saturday—Here's What to Watch For

November 26, 2013 The deadline on which Barack Obama has staked his presidency is upon us. The president has pledged that Healthcare.gov will be "working for the vast majorityof Americans in a smooth, consistent way" by November 30—just four days away. Already, a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday found that for the first...

Obamacare Deadline Glitch May Get Fixed

October 23, 2013 One aspect of the Obamacare rollout that seems most like a bait-and-switch is that although the open-enrollment period is often described as being six months long, users actually only have four and a half months to buy insurance if they wish to avoid paying a fine for being uninsured. While...

The White House's 5-Month Plan for Obamacare

October 22, 2013 President Obama laid out the big-picture pitch for being critical and optimistic about HealthCare.gov at the same time in his remarks Monday morning. Later that afternoon, senior administration officials provided a more granular look at White House views on the behemoth website, its unacceptable performance so far, and where they...

Cybersecure: Supreme Court Justices Only Send Each Other Memos on Paper

October 18, 2013 Here's another one to add to the charming Elena Kagan anecdote files providing a wonderful glimpse into how the least transparent of the three branches of government operates. Speaking during an interview at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., Wednesday night, Supreme...

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A Fox Is Living on the White House Grounds and No One Can Catch It Because of the Shutdown

October 15, 2013 Illustrators of children's books, here is your next story: The U.S. government has shut down and the woodland creatures of Washington, D.C., use the decline in human presence to take over the grounds of the White House. Squirrels frolic in the first lady's vegetable garden, feasting on overgrown tomato vines....

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Analysis: Washington Is out of Step With America on Snowden

July 12, 2013 He went to China to reveal closely held America secrets, had his passport revoked and a warrant issued for his arrest, fled to Russia with the aid of an accused sex offender, and has been offered asylum by Venezuela, a country whose anti-Americanism is legendary. "He's a traitor," House Speaker...

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Analysis: The Real Problem With Hillary's Age

July 5, 2013 Republican spinning that Hillary Clinton is too old to be president is the sort of bad messaging strategy you see when people are not coordinating with a campaign or a candidate, mainly because neither exists on the GOP side at this moment. What message do comments on age reinforce about...

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The New Front in the IRS Scandal: The Inspector General's Office

June 26, 2013 When the Treasury Department inspector general for tax administrationappeared before a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on June 3, he did not shy away from introducing a highly politicized framework for understanding the Internal Revenue Service's actions in targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. "This is unprecedented, Congressman .... During the...

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