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Older Americans Are Early Winners Under Health Law

Older Americans Are Early Winners Under Health Law
For many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another. They're unwanted by employers, rejected by insurers, struggling to cover rising medical costs and praying to reach Medicare age before a health crisis. These luckless people, most in their 50s and 60s, have emerged this month as early winners under the nation's new health insurance system. Along with their peers who are self-employed or whose jobs do not offer ...
(7 opinions  |   February 17 )

Huge Hurdles in Path of Final Iran Nuke Deal

Huge Hurdles in Path of Final Iran Nuke Deal
It took months of arduous bargaining before Iran and six world powers could agree on a first-step nuclear deal. But the two sides may find the going even tougher Tuesday, when they start to confront hurdles standing in the path of a final accord. Tehran denies Western accusations that it wants — or worked on — nuclear arms. But on Nov. 24 it agreed to initial curbs on uranium enrichment — which can serve at different levels as the core of nuclear arms or reactor fuel — in exchange ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 17 )

Senator Schumer Proposes Change In Power Plant Security

Senator Schumer Proposes Change In Power Plant Security
Sen. Chuck Schumer warns that an attack last year on a California power plant proves that terrorists could take down whole stretches of the U.S. power grid. But the New York Democrat said on Sunday that power companies now have the right to veto proposed security requirements. The senator is calling for the federal energy regulator and the Department of Homeland Security to draft tougher new security standards overseen by Congress that would end the industry’s veto rights. Schumer has ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 17 )

Ethiopian Plane Hijacked To Geneva By Co-pilot

Ethiopian Plane Hijacked To Geneva By Co-pilot
An Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot hijacked a plane bound for Rome on Monday and flew it to Geneva, where he wanted to seek asylum, officials said. The Boeing 767-300 plane with 202 passengers and crew aboard had taken off from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and landed in the Swiss city at about 6 a.m. (0500 GMT). Officials said no one on the flight was injured. Geneva airport chief executive Robert Deillon told reporters that the co-pilot, an Ethiopian man born in 1983, took control of ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 17 )

Iran To Address UN's Nuke Weapons Concerns

Iran To Address UN's Nuke Weapons Concerns
In a significant move, Iran agreed Sunday to provide additional information sought by the U.N. nuclear agency in its long-stalled probe of suspicions that Tehran may have worked on nuclear weapons. Iran insists it never worked — or wanted — such arms, and the U.N'.s International Atomic Energy Agency was pushing ahead with its investigation with expectations that Tehran would continue to assert that all of its activities it is ready to reveal were meant for peaceful nuclear ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 09 )

Hungary Jewish Group Threatens Memorial Boycott

Hungary Jewish Group Threatens Memorial Boycott
The Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities said Sunday it will boycott all government events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary unless the government cancels some of the planned memorials. The dispute stems from historical and ideological differences between the federation and Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government about the yearlong series of remembrances centered on the 1944 deportation of more than 430,000 Hungarian Jews to Nazi death camps. "The known ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 09 )

BlueCross BlueShield To Give Customers 3 Weeks Free Coverage

BlueCross BlueShield To Give Customers 3 Weeks Free Coverage
Thousands of consumers who faced enrollment problems and other issues will get three weeks of free coverage from Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the agreement follows a Department of Financial Services probe into complaints about Empire sending out member ID cards late, failing to send out bills on time, and other issues. The state agency wrote to Empire last month urging that they take immediate action to rectify complaints about enrollment problems among consumers ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 09 )

Schumer: Let Immigration Law Take Effect in 2017

Schumer: Let Immigration Law Take Effect in 2017
Sen. Chuck Schumer says he has an easy fix to the GOP's latest doubts about overhauling the nation's immigration laws. Pass legislation this year, but don't let the law go into effect until after President Barack Obama's second term ends. The New York Democrat offered his idea Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press in response to House Speaker John Boehner. The Ohio Republican recently cast doubts on the prospects for an immigration overhaul this year, saying President Barack Obama can't be ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 09 )

Scandal May Hurt Christie's Ability to Push Agenda

Scandal May Hurt Christie's Ability to Push Agenda
This is the year Chris Christie was planning to be more than just New Jersey's governor. Yet it turns out that high-profile investigations into his administration and campaign operation in a political payback case could make advancing his agenda a challenge. Christie came off a decisive re-election victory in November already in the spotlight and with opportunities for some signature accomplishments. He became chairman of the Republican Governors Association, making him the chief fundraiser ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 09 )

US Prosecutors Seek Execution of Marathon Suspect

US Prosecutors Seek Execution of Marathon Suspect
Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing, instantly raising the stakes in what could be one of the most wrenching trials the city has ever seen. Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to press for Tsarnaev's execution was widely expected. The twin blasts killed three people and wounded more than 260 others, and 17 of the 30 federal charges against him — including using a weapon of mass ...
(1 opinions  |   January 30 )

Obama Wage Order to Help 'Couple Hundred Thousand'

Obama Wage Order to Help 'Couple Hundred Thousand'
The White House says President Barack Obama's executive order to increase the minimum wage on new federal contract workers will likely impact a "couple hundred thousand" people. That's according to White House spokesman Jay Carney. Obama announced the measure in his State of the Union address Tuesday, but officials would not say at the time how many people would be impacted by the increase in the hourly pay rate from $7.25 to $10.10. Carney says the White House estimate is imprecise ...
(2 opinions  |   January 30 )

Johansson Stepping Down As Oxfam Ambassador Amid SodaStream Controversy

Johansson Stepping Down As Oxfam Ambassador Amid SodaStream Controversy
Oxfam International said Thursday that American actress Scarlett Johansson's support of an Israeli company operating in a "West Bank settlement" was incompatible with her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador. Oxfam's statement followed Johansson's announcement Wednesday that she was resigning her Oxfam role because of a "fundamental difference of opinion." Oxfam said it accepted her resignation. The international humanitarian organization said Thursday that it believes SodaStream and other ...
(11 opinions  |   January 30 )

House GOP Leaders Urge Obama, Dems to Act on Bills

House GOP Leaders Urge Obama, Dems to Act on Bills
House Republican leaders are challenging the White House and Democrats to work without further delay on four bills that are stalled in the Senate. The GOP lawmakers say the bills would advance the president's priorities and would make a good start on the year of action that the president outlined in his State of the Union speech. House Speaker John Boehner and the other leaders wrote a letter to President Barack Obama. They say the four bills deal with job training programs, construction ...
(Add your opinion  |   January 30 )

President Obama Threatens To Veto Senate Iran Sanctions Bill Supported By 2/3 Of Americans

President Obama Threatens To Veto Senate Iran Sanctions Bill Supported By 2/3 Of Americans
At the annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama defended his administration's handling of the Iranian nuclear threat and maintained that the interim agreement reached in Geneva is a positive step towards encouraging the ayatollahs to give up on advancing their nuclear program. "It is American diplomacy, backed by pressure, that has halted the progress of Iran’s nuclear program – and rolled parts of that program back – for the very first time in ...
(1 opinions  |   January 28 )

What Jewish Leaders Want To Hear From Pres. Obama At The State Of The Union Tonight

What Jewish Leaders Want To Hear From Pres. Obama At The State Of The Union Tonight
Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations and the Iran nuclear program are at the top of the Jewish community’s agenda ahead of tonight’s annual State of the Union address. Like presidents before him, President Barack Obama has traditionally used this address before Congress to lay out an ambitious agenda—and he probably still will—but it would be difficult to do so without acknowledging the saga endured by the plans he touted in his State of the Union address last year. One of ...
(6 opinions  |   January 28 )

Americans Disapprove Obama on Iran; Strongly Support Iran Senate Bill, Poll Shows

Americans Disapprove Obama on Iran; Strongly Support Iran Senate Bill, Poll Shows
President Obama may boast his credentials at the State of the Union speech tonight, but on the most burning national security issue of the decade, the American people don't seem to think the President has handled right the Iranian threat or taken the necessary steps to stop Tehran's advance of her nuclear program. A new survey, sponsored by The Israel Project and conducted by Democratic pollster Mark Mellman, found that 63 percent of Americans want Congress to move forward with the new ...
(2 opinions  |   January 28 )

Canadian Press: PM Harper's Israel Visit May Boost Conservative Party's Chances In Next Election

Canadian Press: PM Harper's Israel Visit May Boost Conservative Party's Chances In Next Election
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's high profile Israel trip last week may have brought some smiles on the face of Prime Minister Netanyahu and his right-wing partners, but overall it served the purpose of Mr. Harper's own internal benefits, Canada's The Hill Times writes. The Conservative ruling party is in trouble in public opinion polls. They are running 10 to 12 points below their election 2011 level, keeping their heads above the NDP but trailing the Liberals by about six points, a ...
(1 opinions  |   January 27 )