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Report: Economy Drives Insurance Coverage

The likelihood a worker will have employer-sponsored health insurance depends greatly on the state of the economy, according to a new report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

A review of Census data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation found coverage rates on a month-to-month basis from December 1995 to December 2009 were affected by the recession and unemployment.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 12:40pm

Poll: More Americans Say They Are Worse Off Than Before Obama Took Office

Ronald Reagan asked Americans in 1980 if they were better off than they were four years prior -- an argument that resonated deeply and helped him defeat Jimmy Carter that November. President Obama could be vulnerable to the similar argument, according to a new Bloomberg News poll released early Thursday.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 12:40pm

Look To August For Wisconsin Recall Elections

The three Democratic state senators facing recall elections in Wisconsin will likely not appear on the ballot until August due to active GOP primaries in every race, a development expected to push the election back from its originally scheduled date of July 19.

Tuesday was the filing deadline for the three races, in which Democratic state Sens. Dave Hansen, Robert Wirch and Jim Holperin face recall elections. Two Republicans qualified in each of the three races.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 12:40pm

New Legislation Aims to Clarify 4G Wireless Service Claims

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., introduced legislation on Wednesday to help consumers know exactly what kind of wireless technology they are signing up for.

As wireless providers transition from so-called 3G technology to next-generation 4G technology, debate has arisen over what 4G service actually means.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 12:40pm

Who Bristol Palin Burns in Her New Book

Bristol Palin, daughter of 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is releasing her book, Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far, on June 24. But the memoir of the 20-year-old reads more like a burn book of her enemies than words of wisdom for the women of her generation. Here’s a sneak peak at the people this Alaskan darling is freezing out.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 12:40pm

Will Pulling 10,000 Troops Out of Afghanistan Be Good Enough?

President Obama will likely announce that 10,000 American soldiers will withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of this year, an number that many top military officials think is too high and many American voters think is too low.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 12:40pm

Hill's Tune Inn Bar Damaged in Fire

Firefighters were called Wednesday morning to the Tune Inn, a popular watering hole on Capitol Hill, where a fire gutted the bar's back kitchen, The Washington Post reported.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 12:40pm

CBO Releases Daunting Long-Term Outlook

Increasing federal debt will be a growing burden on government action, crowding out lawmakers’ ability to adopt tax and spending priorities in good times and reducing flexibility during recessions, all while making a fiscal crisis more likely and hindering long-term growth, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 10:40am

How Vince Gray Can Get His Groove Back

Less than six months into his mayorality, Democratic Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's favorability has plummeted, according to a Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation poll that also shows that Gray has thus far fallen short of his pledge to unify the District as "One City," regardless of race, class or neighborhood.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 10:40am

New Reports to Show Gingrich's Second Credit Line of Credit at Tiffany

The rain just keeps falling from the personal storm cloud that seems to have formed over Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 10:40am