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The Boston Bomber Could Become Just the Fourth Person to Die for a Federal Crime in 30 Years

May 15, 2015 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death Friday for the 2013 Boston marathon bombings, would be only be the fourth person in nearly 30 years to die for a federal crime. A Boston jury sentenced Tsarnaev to death on six out of a possible 17 counts, despite opposition to the...

Police Can Track Your Cellphone Without a Warrant -- For Now

May 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Privacy advocates and civil-liberties groups say the police shouldn't be able to track cell phones without a search warrant — but they're losing that fight in the courts. Two federal appeals courts have now ruled explicitly that police don't need a search warrant to track the location of a suspect's...

If Cruz Is ‘on Obamacare,’ So Are His 2016 Rivals

March 26, 2015 Yes, Ted Cruz can buy insurance through Obamacare while remaining totally committed to repealing it. Just like his competitors for the 2016 presidential nomination. Cruz said Tuesday that he and his family will sign up for health insurance through the exchanges created by Obamacare, prompting plenty of ridicule from Democrats...

Obama: Obamacare Works, Beyond a 'Shred of a Doubt'

March 25, 2015 President Obama defended the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, calling out Republican critics of the law and touting health care policies to build upon it. "We've made our share of mistakes since we passed this law, but we also know beyond a shred of a doubt that the policy has...

5 Years In, 5 Busted Predictions About Obamacare

March 23, 2015 When President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law five years ago, many Republicans essentially predicted it would grow up to be a serial killer—that seniors, Medicare, private insurance companies, jobs, and the American Dream would die by its hand. It has turned out to be far more well-adjusted....

GOP Voters Back Obamacare Fix. GOP Governors, Not So Much.

March 19, 2015 Republican governors have said they won't help save a key piece of the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court strikes it down. But Republican voters want them to, according to a new poll. The Supreme Court will decide this summer whether to invalidate Obamacare's insurance subsidies in the 34...

If Congress Doesn’t Act Soon, Doctors Will See a Huge Cut in Medicare Payments

March 11, 2015 It's time once again for one of Congress's most mind-numbing rituals: a "doc fix." Doctors will see a cut of more than 20 percent in their Medicare payments unless Congress steps in by the end of the month. Congress almost surely will step in—it always does. And it will probably...

5 Things To Watch In SCOTUS' Obamacare Arguments

March 2, 2015 Obamacare's third date with the Supreme Court is almost here. But this isn't like the 2012 case over the individual mandate, or even the Hobby Lobby case—both of which centered around high-minded constitutional questions about the limits of congressional power—or the nature of commerce. Wednesday's arguments will focus on the...

Health and Human Services Messed Up 800,000 Obamacare Tax Forms

February 20, 2015 About 800,000 people received tax forms with incorrect information about their Obamacare coverage, officials from the Health and Human Services Department said Friday. The errors occurred on a new form that helps Obamacare enrollees figure out whether they qualify for a subsidy that would pay all or part of their...

Will John Roberts or Anthony Kennedy Save Obamacare?

February 17, 2015 Obamacare's future rests with one of the Supreme Court's conservative justices. But no one is quite sure which one. The health care law's insurance subsidies—and, by extension, its fundamental structure—can't survive unless one Republican-appointed justice votes to preserve them. But lawyers on both sides of the case are divided over...