| Oct 30, 2013
| 6:55 PM
In the tightknit Bridgeport neighborhood where he grew up, Michael DiFoggio was known simply as "Bird," a gregarious, hard-drinking plumbing contractor who parlayed political connections into success as a real estate developer.
Through the years,...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 3:22 PM
The Internal Revenue Service has filed charges against 28 Marine reservists in what has been described as a travel voucher scheme in which the government was fraudulently billed for hotel stays and other expenses.
The members of the U.S. Marine Corps...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 5:00 AM
SANTA BARBARA--Perched on a rock, steps away from the gentle waves licking at the shore, 20-year-old Michael Jimenez allowed his eyes to wander up an oceanfront cliff, to a majestic estate nestled in a grove of cypress and eucalyptus trees. He shuddered....
| Nov 4, 2013
| 3:30 AM
WASHINGTON — A year after his reelection triumph, President Obama is facing an awkward question from friends and foes alike: Why can't he run the government as well as he ran his campaign?
What with the IRS targeting of tea party groups; the...
| Nov 10, 2013
WASHINGTON — Every disaster has its moment of clarity. Physicist Richard Feynman dunks an O-ring into ice water and everyone understands instantly why the shuttle Challenger exploded. Last week, the Obamacare O-ring froze for all the world to see:...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 4:06 PM
Today's watchword on Obamacare is "income verification." That's a process that House Republicans, and Senate conferees, appear poised to write into their solutions to resolve the fiscal standoff. It means somehow verifying in real time the income that...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 1:01 PM
The Republicans' Plan Q in the government shutdown cabaret (give or take a few letters) is their most transparent ploy yet: pass a few bills restoring the budget for popular or heartwarming programs, in the hope that these will chip away at the united...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 2:52 PM
The glittering new deal to end the government shutdown/debt ceiling crisis has one tiny sop to the Republicans. Let's hope they don't break their arms patting themselves on the back about it.
The sop is a provision to tighten "income verification" for...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 2:15 PM
A new online marketplace for health insurance in Connecticut is operational and will be ready to start serving customers when open enrollment begins Oct. 1, a spokesman said Thursday.
The Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare, requires each...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 4:23 PM
If you think the federal government's needless shutdown didn't affect you, you may be thinking twice come tax season. The IRS announced this week it will delay the start of the filing season by a week or two because it......
| Oct 18, 2013
Doris Benoit spent decades cleaning houses and working in a hat factory to save money for her retirement.
After her husband died in early 2009, Benoit went to Kissimmee attorney Linda Vasquez Littlefield and her husband, Ross Littlefield, to set up a...