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BEIJING — While China’s anti-U.S. rhetoric gets a lot of attention, the country’s elites and public are in reality less antagonistic toward the United States, according to a study to be released Thursday.Read full article >>
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has launched an internal review to determine what department policies and management failures might have contributed to the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, the online health insurance marketplace supporting the health-care law.Read full article >>
NEW DELHI — India’s Supreme Court overturned a historic lower court decision on homosexuality Wednesday, making consensual same-sex acts once again a crime in the world’s most populous democracy.
The court ruled that India’s Colonial-era homosexuality law — which says that gay sex is “against the order of nature” and punishable by up to 10 years in prison — is constitutional. Changing it should be left up to the country’s Parliament, not the courts, the judges ruled.Read full article >>
KIEV, Ukraine — After a huge show of force overnight down the streets that form the edges of Independence Square, Ukrainian riot police withdrew Wednesday morning, leaving the long-running protest intact and the square still in the hands of exhausted but exhilarated demonstrators.Read full article >>
House and Senate negotiators unveiled an $85 billion agreement late Tuesday to fund federal agencies through the fall of 2015, averting another government shutdown and ending the cycle of crisis that has paralyzed Washington for much of the past three years.Read full article >>
MEXICO CITY — Lawmakers in the small South American nation of Uruguay voted Tuesday to legalize and regulate marijuana, going further than any other country in the world toward decriminalizing the plant and lifting the stigma from its use.Read full article >>
More than two weeks after a landmark deal with Iran, House Republicans and Democrats called the Obama administration’s approach to nuclear negotiations naive and signaled that they will slap more sanctions on the country despite warnings that doing so would torpedo the United States’ best chance in years at rapprochement.Read full article >>
The handshake and the selfie.
On a day in which President Obama delivered a stirring eulogy for Nelson Mandela, the South African leader to whom he credits the origins of his political stirrings, much of the media’s attention was focused on two unplanned moments steeped — rightly or wrongly — with meaning by political observers.Read full article >>
The National Security Agency is secretly piggybacking on the tools that enable Internet advertisers to track consumers, using "cookies" and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance.Read full article >>
The Environmental Protection Agency was warned as early as July 2010 that a senior executive who claimed to be a CIA agent was collecting pay and bonuses not allowed by law but took no action for years, according to a new report from the agency’s inspector general.Read full article >>
Make a woman laugh, Marilyn Monroe supposedly said, and you can make her do anything.
Judging from the women who fell for him, Woody Allen learned this early. Alas, he is the least likely role model for Republican males, who seem to have misinterpreted the meaning of the aphorism.Read full article >>
More than half of Senate Republicans facing reelection next year face potentially viable tea party challenges — a historically large threat to the GOP establishment that could, once again, kill the party’s chances of taking back control of the chamber.Read full article >>
On the same day General Motors announced it had chosen a woman to lead the company, fresh research showed the automaker’s new chief executive is still the exception rather than the rule.
Catalyst — a nonprofit research organization that studies women in leadership roles — released a report that found women currently hold less than 15 percent of senior positions among the Fortune 500, a number that hasn’t significantly changed over the past four years.Read full article >>
Government regulators ushered in a new era of oversight Tuesday aimed at reining in Wall Street risk-taking, voting to prevent big banks from trading for their own benefit.
The “Volcker rule,” named after former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, also bars banks from owning hedge funds and private-equity funds. The centerpiece of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law took three years to complete as government infighting and intense lobbying by banks slowed the process.Read full article >>
Patients who signed up for a credit card to pay for braces or eye surgery through CareCredit, an arm of General Electric, were given no warning of the high fees tied to the loans and racked up thousands of dollars in debt as a result, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Tuesday.Read full article >>
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Democrats successfully utilized new Senate rules Tuesday to confirm one of President Obama’s picks to serve on a key federal court and another to lead a federal housing agency.Read full article >>
Breaking news: The Associated Press is reporting that an agreement has been reached on a budget proposal.
House and Senate negotiators plan to roll out an agreement tonight to fund the government past Jan. 15, avoid another government shutdown and end for now the cycle of budget crises that have dominated Washington for much of the past three years.Read full article >>
Weeks ago, an observer with connections in the Washington Redskins’ locker room described the heart murmur plaguing the club in the following way: “Ask yourself this: If Mike Shanahan wants to bench Robert Griffin III, can he?” The fact that there was even a doubt suggested the illness. Shanahan is now calling the question publicly, and he’s right to do so, because if he can’t bench Griffin, then he’s not really the head coach, and in fact no one will ever be Griffin’s coach, they’ll just be his concierges.Read full article >>
ENACTED IN 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law, the Volcker Rule had a clear purpose: Prevent large, federally insured banks from speculating in the financial markets. Named for its leading advocate, former Federal Reserve chairman Paul A. Volcker, the rule was supposed to help reestablish a line between commercial banks, which would collect deposits and make loans, and hedge funds, private equity companies and investment banks, which would take risks without any federal safety net. Keeping banks out of the speculation business would eliminate a source of system instability and taxpayer risk.Read full article >>
Everyone who carries a cellphone generates a trail of electronic breadcrumbs that records everywhere they go. Those breadcrumbs reveal a wealth of information about who we are, where we live, who our friends are and much more. And as we reported last week, the National Security Agency is collecting location information in bulk — 5 billion records per day worldwide — and using sophisticated algorithms to assist with U.S. intelligence-gathering operations.Read full article >>