The original stimulus bill from 2009 offered subsidies for laid-off workers to extend their health-insurance coverage under COBRA, which is normally quite expensive. The period in which laid-off workers are eligible for COBRA subsidies was extended several times, but not in the House or new Senate versions of the measure.
"Who Can You Trust?" is an ongoing look at some of the main players in the gulf oil-spill disaster. We analyze the media appearances and public statements of those covering, controlling, and combating the spill to determine who's spinning for personal advantage, who's playing to the crowd, and who (or what) we can truly count on.
It's hard to imagine that the immigration debate in Arizona could get more extreme, but it did this week when Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin, a Republican candidate for governor, suggested Tuesday that the state could build tent cities to house what could be a vastly rising number of illegal immigrants arrested under the state's new immigration law.
Senators appear likely to slow-roll the confirmation of Pentagon official James Clapper as national intelligence director until the administration helps push through a stalled intelligence-authorization bill.
As mandated by the laws of punditry, the day after a big election is usually spent trying to reduce the previous evening's results into one easily digestible narrative. But last night's results from California—and from the rest of the country—defy easy categorization. Maybe that's for the best.
Election Day 2010 is five months away, so predicting the November bottom line is foolish. But as the primary season grinds on (Tuesday was the biggest day yet), you can get a sense of themes and trends likely to dominate the fall campaigns. Here are a few.
President Obama's stunning rise was said to be proof that our political system was still running as the Founders built it. But on the biggest primary day of the year, it doesn’t seem that way to dismayed voters across the country.
Newly revealed internal safety investigations carried out by BP indicate an alarming pattern of neglect and a culture skewed towards silencing whistleblowers. The reports were turned up in an investigation by ProPublica and The Washington Post.
Presumed 2012 presidential hopefuls are watching election results closely, to see if their endorsements mattered. Backing a winner could pay big dividends going forward, but picking a loser could tarnish one's star power.
In less than a week, federal authorities have announced arrests in two investigations involving American citizens who allegedly sought to involve themselves with violent jihadist groups. One common factor between the otherwise unrelated cases: suspects in both cases allegedly fell under the influence of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical cleric who is believed to be hiding in Yemen and who reportedly has been targeted for death by the Obama administration....
Choking is one of the most brutal forms of assault. But the majority of states treat it as a misdemeanor, no worse than public intoxication or vandalism, with little or no jail time and bail set at $30. It’s considered a felony only if the attacker leaves “visible injuries.” But since that usually doesn’t happen, law--enforcement researchers report, countless thugs never really pay for their actions. Now this loophole is closing, spurred by an unusually public incident in New York.