November 28, 2013 |
A Lancaster County cabinet maker who says the Affordable Care Act's mandate on contraception coverage violates his business' religious rights will have the chance to argue his case before the U.S. Supreme Court next year. Justices on Tuesday chose an appeal from Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. of East Earl as one of two they will hear on an issue that has divided lower courts and become the subject of roughly 40 lawsuits from companies seeking exemption from having to cover birth control for their employees.
November 23, 2013 |
Anna L. Aagenes, district director for State Sen. Brian Sims (D., Phila.), offered a caution to constituents who turned out this week to learn about the Affordable Care Act. "These are not the people to complain to about the website," she said Wednesday evening, referring to Moshe Bitterman and Elizabeth Rosario, two ACA counselors with the Public Health Management Corp. "They are not from the government. They are here to help. " Against the backdrop of the uproar over the troubled federal ACA website and canceled health care policies, grassroots efforts to educate and register consumers for insurance policies under the ACA continue.
October 18, 2013
IT'S HARD to tell which has done more to hurt the initial phase of the Affordable Care Act: continued Republican opposition or the inept rollout of the new law. To many citizens, the rollout problems - which left millions unable to even log in to the system - simply confirm GOP propaganda that Obamacare won't work. That's wrong. Despite those initial problems, the Affordable Care Act is still a big step forward in reforming the nation's health-care system, and we believe it will prove itself in the long run. It ensures that most of those now without health-care insurance will get it. It removes onerous insurance requirements such as those involving preexisting conditions.
August 15, 2013 |
Supporters call them "dreamers" - undocumented immigrants brought by their parents to America as children, who hope to take advantage of an amnesty program offered by the Obama administration. A study released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution reveals that two out of three were younger than 10 when they came; three out of four were born in Mexico; and 60 percent entered "without inspection," which means they crossed the border secretly. Eleven percent came on visas and overstayed.
July 20, 2013 |
ZAATARI CAMP, Jordan - Secretary of State John Kerry got a firsthand view of the grinding war in Syria on Thursday, visiting a sprawling refugee camp that houses 115,000 Syrians who have fled the fighting and hearing bitter complaints that the world has forgotten them. Kerry met with six Syrian refugees who angrily asked why world powers have not set up a no-fly zone or protective humanitarian zone inside Syria, something the Obama administration has considered but decided against for now. "They are frustrated and angry at the world," Kerry said afterward.
July 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Janet Napolitano, who as President Obama's homeland security secretary has one of the broadest and most challenging portfolios of any cabinet member, announced Friday that she is stepping down to become president of the University of California system. Napolitano has been a central figure in debates over immigration and counterterrorism policies while also managing the government's response to tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. Her resignation comes at a critical time for the Obama administration, as Congress debates a bill to overhaul immigration laws.
July 10, 2013 |
The Obama administration has shown an uncanny ability to repeat foreign policy errors. You would think by now they would have learned the drill. For example: Where central authority collapses, jihadists rush in. This was true in Iraq, Mali, Libya, and Syria. Yet nowhere did the administration grasp this and take steps to break up this cycle (by acting decisively in Syria) or even to protect Americans (Libya). By now they should have learned at least five of the basics of National Security 101: 1. In the Mideast, elections are not the key to democracy.
July 3, 2013
CAIRO - With the clock ticking, Egypt's besieged president said yesterday that he will not step down, as state media reported that the powerful military plans to overturn his Islamist-dominated government if the elected leader doesn't meet the demands of the millions of protesters calling for his ouster. Mohammed Morsi's defiant statement sets up a major confrontation between supporters of the president and Egyptians angry over what they see as his efforts to impose control by his Muslim Brotherhood as well as his failure to introduce reforms more than two years after the revolution that ousted autocratic predecessor Hosni Mubarak.
June 22, 2013 |
UNITED NATIONS - Despite months of laboratory testing and scrutiny by top U.S. scientists, the Obama administration's case for arming Syria's rebels rests on unverifiable claims that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people, according to diplomats and experts. The United States, Britain, and France have supplied the United Nations with a trove of evidence, including multiple blood, tissue, and soil samples, that U.S. officials say proves that Syrian troops used the nerve agent sarin on the battlefield.
June 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The head of the National Security Agency defended its broad electronic surveillance programs Wednesday, saying that they had helped thwart dozens of terrorist attacks and that their recent public disclosure had done "great harm" to the nation's security. Facing his first public grilling since it was revealed the NSA has collected millions of telephone records and e-mails in secret, Gen. Keith Alexander sought to aggressively rebut congressional and other criticism of the Obama administration's antiterrorism tactics.