| Nov 21, 2014
| 1:50 PM
After calling for a routine prescription refill, Craig Elliott got a rude shock: His bill was going up fivefold.
The 44-year-old piano tuner and guitar instructor from Elgin, who has health insurance, used to pay $20 for a three-month supply of his...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The simple question is at the top of many minds this grumpy election season, even among the 1,000 or so high school students gathered for a televised debate: "How will you work to reach across partisan lines to accomplish real goals?"
| Nov 5, 2014
| 4:08 PM
It was obvious from the start that the cascade of corporate cash into ballot initiative campaigns in California this year would be overwhelming. The reality did not disappoint.
That reality had to please the biggest spenders, notably the insurance...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 8:00 PM
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The Amazing Race The...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 12:30 PM
A week ago this column asserted that the present electoral system in the United States now places the U.S government on sale every two years -- the presidency and congress every four years, and the entire House of Representatives and a third of the...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 5:35 PM
Remember when pundits were worried that Americans had turned isolationist? As recently as August, polls showed big majorities opposed to military intervention in Iraq, Syria or anywhere else.
But it only took a couple of beheadings by Islamic State to...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 6:07 PM
Hillary Rodham Clinton returned Sunday to Iowa for the first time since her devastating loss in the state’s 2008 presidential caucuses and dropped a few hints but nothing definite about her intentions regarding another run in 2016.
| Jun 12, 2014
| 12:31 PM
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Lael Brainard and Jerome H. Powell to serve on the Federal Reserve's board of governors, bringing it closer to full strength as the central bank pulls back on its extraordinary stimulus policies.
Senators also approved...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 4:58 PM
When it passed legislation to fix the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, Congress managed to do two things lawmakers have often vowed to avoid: create a new benefit program and fail to pay for it.
The $16.3-billion measure, which President Obama...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 1:17 PM
The Department of Veterans Affairs needs "tens of thousands" more personnel working in VA hospitals and clinics to meet patient demand, the new VA secretary, Robert "Bob" McDonald, told lawmakers Tuesday at a hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs...
| Oct 20, 2014
| 6:14 PM
Why are the prices of some generic drugs so darn high?
That's a question many consumers have been asking lately. And now, a pair of prominent congressmen are demanding an answer from the drug industry.
In letters to 14 pharmaceutical companies, the...