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Obama Downplays Sony Hacking: ‘Not an Act of War’

thefiscaltimes.com — President Obama dismissed the idea that the hacking of Sony Pictures was an act of war by North Korea. During an interview that aired on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley Sunday morning, the president described the hack instead as "cyber vandalism."

FEMA Wasted Billions on Administrative Costs

thefiscaltimes.com — A federal watchdog has raised concerns about how much of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's budget is going toward administrative costs - instead of disaster relief. The Government Accountability Office says that the amount of FEMA funding that has gone toward administrative costs like salaries for senior executive employees, travel expenses and field office leases has nearly doubled over the last decade.

Obamacare Sign-Ups Glitch Free in Year Two

thefiscaltimes.com — Obamacare's technical issues seem to have been solved-at least on the sign-up side for Healthcare.gov. The second year of signups is relatively glitch-free on the newly revamped Healthcare.gov.

U.S. Agencies Can’t Keep Track of Which Afghan Women’s Programs They’re Spending Millions On

thefiscaltimes.com — The federal government has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into countless programs intended to support, train and educate Afghan women as part of its broader Afghanistan reconstruction efforts. While the initiatives sound promising, at least in principle, the way they're being managed (or mismanaged) has auditors concerned about their cost and overall effectiveness.

Workplace Wellness Programs May Cost More Than They’re Worth

thefiscaltimes.com — U.S. companies have increasingly embraced workplace wellness programs as a way to help control health spending on their workers. One Kaiser Family Foundation survey even found that the majority of companies - 71 percent - ranked the programs as one of the most effective ways to cut costs.

Single Payer Health System Dies in Vermont

thefiscaltimes.com — For the last few years, universal health care advocates watched Vermont with hopeful eyes as the Green Mountain State attempted to become first in the nation to adopt a single payer health care system. The prospects for universal, publicly funded health care in the rest of the country were slim.

IRS Gave $14.5 Billion in Low-Income Tax Credits to the Wrong People

thefiscaltimes.com — The federal watchdog tasked with keeping tabs on the Internal Revenue Service says the agency needs to do a better job of administering tax credits for low-income people. The reason? Billions of dollars each year are ending up in the wrong hands.

Obamacare Enrollees Could Get Hit With Surprise Costs

thefiscaltimes.com — Returning Obamacare enrollees have until next Monday to decide whether they want to keep or switch insurance policies for next year. If they do nothing, they will be renewed automatically in their old plans. In addition to getting hit by higher premiums, auto-enrolling in health exchange plans next year could hit consumers' wallets in another way.

Is a Government Shutdown Now an Annual Event?

thefiscaltimes.com — As President Obama and Congress move unexpectedly toward another budget crisis tonight, it's time to take stock of how a government shutdown would affect federal workers, the military, government contractors and average Americans reliant on government programs and benefits.

7 Threats to U.S. Rebuilding Efforts in Afghanistan

thefiscaltimes.com — Does this ring a bell? U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan are prone to waste, fraud and abuse. It certainly feels like déjà vu all over again, yet it's the central message of a compelling new report just out this week.
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Dec 21, 2014

A crucial voice missing from the Sony/North Korea conversation: @dennisrodman . Where is he!? What does Dennis think?

Dec 19, 2014

RT @TheFix: SO GOOD! RT @gwenifill: see how newsy press conferences can be when women ask the questions?

Dec 18, 2014

RT @TheFiscalTimes: If progressive Vermont couldn’t get single payer to work, chances are slim other states will even attempt to do it. trib.al/UfTwn6p

Dec 17, 2014

+1 to the last sentence in this piece RT @Mediaite RNC Now Offering Donors an Official Dick Cheney Cowboy Hat bit.ly/13cZNPs



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