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Religion news in brief: Capitol Christmas tree, Palin book, Vatican manuscripts
WASHINGTON - An 88-foot-tall spruce that was transported from Washington state to Washington, D.C., has been illuminated in a ceremony on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Thu Dec 05, 2013
Letter: Duplicating Vermont's health care success would be challenging here
The Tri-City Herald and other mainstream media have run endless stories about the disastrous rollout of the federal health care exchange website for the Affordable Care Act -- properly called "Romneycare" -- and more stories about people outraged that they can't keep substandard insurance.
Reviving the Fight for Single-Payer
When the media frenzy subsides and Republicans run out of scare stories, the country will be faced with the most important question about Obamacare: Can it deliver what it promised? Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, a new business model is rapidly emerging in the medical-industrial complex that, in theory, can dramatically reduce the inflated ... (more)
Permanent 'doc fix' slipping again
Lawmakers have all but given up on efforts to permanently replace the Medicare physician payment formula this year and have refocused their effort on getting it done in 2014.
Kreidler tells Congress Affordable Care Act is working well...
"It's fine to be a critic," Kreidler told members of the U.S. House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.
Wed Dec 04, 2013
New legislators, old lawmakers in new jobs
The Washington State Legislature will see new faces from the Puget Sound area come January, and veteran lawmakers moving from one chamber to the other.
Rep. McDermott messes with Texas
Physician-lawmaker Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., delivered a stinging attack on states that have resisted expanded federal Medicaid coverage for their low-income citizens, saying actions by Republican politicians in such places as Texas are creating "two separate Americas."
Bill O'Reilly Gets Schooled on Jesus and Food Stamps
Tuesday's "O'Reilly Factor" had Bill O'Reilly looking like the grinch who stole food stamps.
Higher AIDS drug costs under Obamacare?
AIDS groups sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging her to allow drug company discount programs to operate under Obamacare.
Rep. Jim McDermott, a Democrat, not surprised that Obamacare vulnerable to fraud
Rep. Jim McDermott on Wednesday downplayed a report from a Treasury Department watchdog that warned the government subsides that are supposed to help Americans purchase health care under the Affordable Care Act are vulnerable to fraud.
Representative Jim McDermott on the Affordable Care Act
Representative Jim McDermott talked about developments with the health care law.He discussed efforts to fix glitches with the Healthcare.gov Web site, changes and delays in the law's implementation, and ..
Tue Dec 03, 2013
Christmas tree is lit outside US Capitol amid hymns
An 88-foot-tall spruce that was transported from Washington state to Washington D.C. has been illuminated in a ceremony on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Speaker Boehner gets heckled as he lights the Christmas tree
The Capitol Christmas tree is a tradition dating back to 1964. It's the tallest tree they've ever had according to Rep. Jim McDermott at 88 feet.
Mon Dec 02, 2013
Must Reads for Monday, December 02, 2013
A Republican strategist is reminding his party that President Reagan is dead. Ford OA Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCainA s 2008 presidential campaign, says if Republicans want to win the White House in 2016, they need to break free of the "obsessive Reagan disorder."
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Unemployment Benefits Program Set To Expire At Year's End
More than 1 million people will see their extended unemployment benefits immediately cut off at the end of the month if Congress doesn't act.
Rep. McDermott: Jesus 'Didn't Charge Food Stamps'
Rep. Jim McDermott said on MSNBC's "PoliticsNation" Wednesday that when Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish, "he didn't charge food stamps."
Fri Nov 29, 2013
Dems back Wal-Mart employees
On Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days on the year, a group of seven Democratic lawmakers came out in support of Wal-Mart employees who are protesting the company to improve labor standards.
Tue Nov 26, 2013
U.S congressmen: Azerbaijan is politically stable country with fast growing economy
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met with a delegation of U.S. congressmen - Democrat from Washington State Jim McDermott, Democrat from Virginia James Moran, Republican from Missouri Billy Long and Democrat from New Jersey Donald Payne.
Sun Nov 24, 2013
Azerbaijani President receives US congressmen
Trend: President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today received a delegation of U.S. congressmen including Democrat Jim McDermott from Washington's 7th congressional district, Democrat James Moran from Virginia's 8th congressional district, Republican Billy Long from Missouri's 7th congressional district, and Democrat Donald Payne, Jr. from New ... (more)
Fri Nov 22, 2013
Single-Payer Advocates: It Hurts To Say I Told You So
The botched implementation of Obamacare has created a bittersweet moment for advocates of a universal, single-payer health care system: They saw this coming, but they can't gloat about it.