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Senate Bill Could Roll Back Consumers’ Health Insurance Savings

This summer, health insurance companies may have to pay more than a billion dollars back to their own customers. The rebate requirements were introduced as part of the 2010 health-care reform law and are meant to benefit consumers. But now an insurer-supported Senate bill aims to roll back the rebate requirements.

Reasons for China leadership shakeup still uncertain

BEIJING — On the same day that state media announced that one of the nation’s most famous politicians was being removed from office, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin fielded a news conference question: Was Bo Xilai’s unceremonious exit a sign of turmoil in central leadership?

Inhofe’s Stunning Admission To Maddow on Global Warming: ‘I Thought It Must Be True Until I Found Out What It Cost”

there was one remarkable admission from the former Chair of the Senate Environment Committee:

“I was actually on your side of this issue when I was chairing that committee and I first heard about this. I thought it must be true until I found out what it cost.”

At Present Rates, Obama’s Judicial Confirmation Rate Is At Least 30 Judges Behind Bush’s

In the wake of this week’s deal where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreed to stop obstructing 14 of President Obama’s judicial nominees and allow them to be confirmed by early May, Al Kamen runs the numbers on how President Obama’s confirmation rate compares to the rate of confirmations under Presidents Bush and Clinton

Grassley & Harkin Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Fix Supreme Court Assault On Older Workers

Nearly three years ago, the Supreme Court rolled back decades of precedent to make it harder for older workers to stand up to age discrimination in the workplace

Despite Restrictions, Gaza Finds A Way To Build

Despite continuing unrest and restrictions on imports to and exports from Gaza, the Palestinian territory is in the midst of a construction boom, more than three years after a major Israeli assault that left much of the territory in ruins.

Suicide Blasts Kill Dozens In Syrian Capital

BEIRUT (AP) — Twin suicide car bombs struck intelligence and security buildings in the Syrian capital Saturday, killing at least 27 people and wounding 140, according to state media.

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