Published May 08, 2013
As the Senate prepares to take up comprehensive immigration legislation, one of the most pressing questions is how and when illegal immigrants who set out on the path to citizenship qualify for federal benefits.
Published April 22, 2013
It was intended to help poor people in rural areas have a phone in cases of emergency, but some lawmakers say the program now is out of control.
Published April 10, 2013
President Obama seemed to be coaxing Republicans back to the negotiating table by offering to change the inflation adjustment in Social Security and other government programs -- but his offer also has had the unwanted side effect of riling many of his supporters on the left.
Published April 09, 2013
The government has 76 programs to treat drug abuse spread across 15 different agencies. It has 47 programs for job training. And there are three federal agencies that inspect catfish. These are among the findings in a new Government Accountability Office report that found 162 areas where services are duplicated or money is being wasted in the federal government.
Published April 03, 2013
Parts of ObamaCare are starting to fray, even before full implementation. The Obama administration now says a special system of exchanges designed to make it easier for small businesses to provide insurance will be delayed an entire year -- to 2015.
Published March 14, 2013
At a time when money is tight at home and with Congress fighting over how much to spend, some argue for a closer look at foreign aid -- especially aid to Egypt, where last September demonstrators stormed the U.S. embassy.
Published March 07, 2013
If no changes are made in entitlements such as Medicare, younger taxpayers will have to cover unfunded promises of $35 trillion.
Published February 08, 2013
Advances in technology such as fracking, horizontal drilling and other improvements, which have increased natural gas production by 27 percent in just four years, have made the U.S. number one in gas -- with oil on its way.
Published January 30, 2013
The Obama administration continues to scramble in an effort to convince states to create their own so-called insurance exchanges, which were established under the health care overhaul.
Published January 25, 2013
Over the long term, Social Security and Medicare have promised tens of trillions of dollars more in benefits than the nation can pay for under current policies, but Social Security's disability trust fund is in even worse shape, and current estimates say by 2016 it won't have enough money to pay full benefits.