| Feb 5, 2015
| 5:51 PM
A former U.S. emissary to Cuba cast doubt Thursday on the viability of the president's plan to spur democracy in Cuba by lifting certain sanctions and making it easier for Americans to visit the Communist-led island.
"Normalization I predict will not...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 5:21 PM
WASHINGTON — Cuba's role in enabling a criminal pipeline to Florida must be examined as the United States moves to restore relations with the Communist-led island, the leader of a key congressional panel said Thursday.
Jeff Duncan, chairman of the...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 4:55 PM
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials will demand the return of fugitives who have committed crimes in the United States and are hiding in Cuba, a high-ranking State Department negotiator promised Wednesday.
"This is a very high priority for us, and we...
| Mar 27, 2015
| 4:07 AM
The Senate stayed in session all night to pass a $3.7-trillion Republican budget early Friday, grinding through tough -- but symbolic -- votes that provided the new Congress with a needed achievement.
Passage on a strict party line vote, 52-46,...
| Mar 26, 2015
| 6:45 PM
The House of Representatives easily passed bipartisan legislation Thursday to update the way Medicare pays physicians and extend federal funding for a popular children's health insurance program, putting pressure on the Senate to act before Congress...
| Mar 25, 2015
| 1:31 PM
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, again on Wednesday bashed U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
Rubio is a likely candidate for the 2016 presidential nomination. Last week, Wasserman Schultz said she...
| Mar 22, 2015
| 8:55 PM
As recently as 1969, delivering a baby in Morristown, N.J., could cost parents as little as $235.65 — a flat, all-inclusive rate for a three-day hospital stay and doctors' fees.
I know this because that was the price on the receipt from my birth...
| Apr 1, 2015
| 2:14 PM
Magellan Health announced Wednesday it has completed its acquisition of a Michigan-based pharmacy-benefit-manager, 4D Pharmacy Management Systems Inc.
Magellan is spending $85 million, which comprises $55 million from existing cash on hand and $30...
| Apr 2, 2015
| 3:10 PM
The John Boehner/Nancy Pelosi agreement on Medicare doctors' payments — permanently easing up on scheduled cuts, funded (partially) by means testing — has been praised as an incremental gain and criticized as a small backward step. In either...
| Apr 1, 2015
| 9:09 PM
Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for...
| Apr 1, 2015
| 12:30 PM
You are eligible for Medicare when you turn 65. But these days, the decision to sign up is not a slam-dunk. The decision to sign up or not may depend on whether you're receiving Social Security benefits and whether your spouse has coverage through your...