The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear a case that could gut the Affordable Care Act, agreeing to decide whether consumers can receive subsidies if they bought insurance on the federal exchanges. Arguments are not expected until early spring 2015, with a decision possible by mid-summer. The problem for Obamacare is that it only authorizes subsidies for those who bought insurance on a state exchange, which
President Obama will send another 1,500 troops to Iraq, roughly doubling the number of servicemen and women sent to the country to fight the ISIS uprising. Obama will request $5.6 billion from Congress to conduct operations against ISIS. Congress is likely to approve the funding, but growing questions will certainly be raised about the administration’s strategy. In an unusual step, the new troops will be
With Israel under the gun for Gaza War civilian casualties, including accusations by Amnesty International that it committed war crimes, the Obama administration swept to Israel’s defense, showing the United States to be the stalwart ally it has always been as Israel defends itself against neighbors who allow children to be used as shields while they lob bombs onto Israeli’s heads. Well, not exactly. State Department
Updated 7:35 pm ET President Obama will name New York City federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General. The news was first reported by CNN. Lynch is not considered a showboat or a headline grabber, and she seems a lock for confirmation, having already been confirmed twice for posts unanimously by the Senate. Making a relatively noncontroversial choice could be seen as
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Obama, Boehner sought secret amnesty deal . . . Two days after his party’s midterm romp, House Speaker John Boehner became the second leading Republican to warn that unilateral action by President Barack Obama on immigration would “poison the well” for any cooperation with the new GOP Congress. Among the causes of the standoff: a year of previously unreported talks between Messrs. Boehner and Obama over
The U.S. economy added 214,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department reported today, slightly below expectations but still at a decent pace which suggests demand for labor continues to grow. The unemployment rate fell a tenth of a point to 5.8 percent, while job gains for the prior two months rose 31,000, with the new September number coming in at 256,000 and the August tally