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World / Science & Health Oct 5, 2013

'Obamacare' exchanges have trouble with success

"We're building a complicated piece of technology," U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said on the first day of the new Affordable Care Act — or "Obamacare," as it is otherwise known — "and hopefully you'll give us the same slack ...

Obama's toughest campaign yet: selling health care reform

World / Politics Jul 23, 2013

Obama's toughest campaign yet: selling health care reform

Deep inside the White House, in a bare room that the chief of staff uses for meetings, David Simas is still thinking about turnout. As director of public-opinion research and polling for U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, Simas was at the center of the ...

World / Science & Health Apr 10, 2013

Being alone can kill you, even if you like it

Feeling lonely won't kill you. But actually being alone might. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington finds that after adjusting for demographic factors and underlying health, self-reported feelings of lonesomeness have no significant connection to mortality ...

Commentary / World Aug 29, 2012

The strongest case against Obama's economic policy

The strongest case against the Obama administration's economic policy goes something like this: Early on, the Obama administration misunderstood the unusual nature of the crisis. You can see it in its forecasts, which predicted a rapid, "V"-shaped recovery even if Congress didn't pass a stimulus ...

Commentary / World Dec 22, 2011

The dark legacy of North Korea's ruling elite

Satellite images of Asia at night are eerily beautiful, illuminated as they are by hundreds and thousands of bursts of light. That light is what civilization looks like from space. It's the glow of fluorescent bulbs in office buildings and warm lamps in homes ...

Commentary / World Dec 5, 2011

Gingrich, Romney, Obama share perspectives

According to the polls and the pundits, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are the two front-runners for the Republican nomination for president. That means both of them will spend the next few weeks trying to show that they are more competent, conservative and generally ...

Commentary / World Aug 30, 2011

Texas governor pushes EU-style federalism

You wouldn't think that the governor of Texas, the most conservative of the viable candidates in the Republican presidential field, would want to make the United States more like Europe. Unless, of course, you have read Rick Perry's book. "Fed Up," Perry's 2010 cri de ...