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4 years 2 months ago

Sen. Udall gets consumer rights passed

Sen. Mark Udall's office announced that he voted for the Wall Street overhaul bill meant to prevent future financial meltdowns. The bill included Sen. Udall's amendment to give consumers free access to their credit score if they are denied a loan, or insurance, or are given a higher interest rate...

4 years 2 months ago

Vice President Joe Biden's son out of hospital

Vice President Joe Biden's son is on his way home from the hospital a week after what doctors said was a mild stroke. Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden was released from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia early Tuesday afternoon. The 41-year-old will continue recuperating at home, and...

4 years 2 months ago

$2.5 billion recovered for Medicare trust fund

The government says it recovered $2.5 billion in over-payments for the Medicare trust fund last year as the Obama administration focused attention on fraud enforcement efforts in the health care industry. In a report, the Justice Department and the Health and Human Services Department say their cooperative efforts are...

4 years 4 months ago

ACORN disbanding amid falling revenues

A spokesman for the once mighty community activist group ACORN says the group is disbanding. National ACORN spokesman Kevin Whelan said Monday that the organization's board decided to close remaining state affiliates and field offices by April 1 because of falling revenues. Some other national operations will continue operating...

4 years 4 months ago

Jobs legislation nears House passage

The House is poised to pass a jobs bill - one that calls for a mix of highway funding and tax breaks for companies that hire unemployed workers. Some Democrats, especially those who represent minority districts, feel the Senate version of the jobs bill is too small. But...

4 years 5 months ago

Spokesman: Cheney had 'mild' heart attack

Lab tests show evidence that former Vice President Dick Cheney experienced a mild heart attack, an aide said Tuesday. Aide Peter Long said that Cheney, who was admitted to George Washington University Hospital Monday after experiencing chest pains, underwent a stress test and heart catheterization. He is "feeling...

4 years 6 months ago

Obama's nominee to lead TSA withdraws

President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Transportation Security Administration withdrew his name Wednesday, a blow to an administration trying to explain how a man could attempt to blow up a commercial airliner on Christmas Day. Erroll Southers said he was pulling out because his nomination had become a...

4 years 6 months ago

C-SPAN: Health care talks should be televised

The C-SPAN television network is calling on congressional leaders to open health care talks to cameras - something President Barack Obama promised as a candidate. Instead the most critical negotiations on Obama's health plan have taken place behind closed doors, as Republicans repeatedly point out. In a Dec. 30 letter...

4 years 8 months ago

Republicans craft plan to retake Colorado in 2010

A group of current and former Republican lawmakers, including former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, are uniting behind gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis and a conservative agenda they say will help them unseat Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter. Former Gov. Bill Owens and McInnis' former GOP rival, state Sen. Josh Penry were among...

4 years 8 months ago

Another Obama nominee runs into tax problems

President Barack Obama's choice for a top job with the Treasury Department is having tax problems. A congressional report says Obama's nominee for undersecretary of the Treasury for international affairs, Lael Brainard, was late in paying real estate taxes in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The report by the Senate Finance...

4 years 8 months ago

House Democrats prepare to unveil health bill

House Democrats have all but finalized a sweeping health care bill that would reshape the medical system, requiring nearly everyone to purchase coverage and creating a new government insurance plan for the middle class. Lawmakers and congressional aides said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was making plans to unveil that chamber's...

4 years 9 months ago

Senate panel rejects public health plans

Liberal Democrats have tried twice, and failed both times, to make a government-run insurance option part of the health care legislation coming out of the Senate Finance Committee. There's bipartisan agreement that private insurance companies must change their ways, and some Democrats see the public option as a way to...

4 years 10 months ago

Jane Norton joins GOP Senate race

The crowded contest to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet is getting a new player. Former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton will introduce herself to voters in a three-city campaign announcement Tuesday. The Republican joins at least five others from the GOP who will seek to challenge Bennet next year. Norton was...

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