| Jan 19, 2012
| 4:38 PM
Legislation setting the framework for a universal healthcare system in California was approved by a committee Thursday and sent to the Senate floor, but even some Democratic supporters have voiced skepticism that such a system will be available anytime...
| Dec 5, 2012
Are we about to go over a fiscal cliff? It's looking more likely, but it may not be as alarming as it sounds.
Here are three things you need to know about the impending crisis over the so-called fiscal cliff, the combination of tax increases and...
| Jul 11, 2012
Today's topic: the billions (yes, with a "b") that will be spent on advertising in this year's presidential and congressional campaigns, and what kind of messages that money is sending.
Like jazz, blues and musical comedy, the political ad is a...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 9:32 AM
A doctor already in prison in a narcotics case has been convicted of health care fraud for submitting about $1 million in fake bills to Medicare in just seven months, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles....
| Sep 12, 2012
Do you know how you'll vote in November's presidential election?
I thought so. For all we're hearing about the importance of undecided voters, there aren't many of them left.
In an ABC News/Washington Post poll released this week, for example, only 2%...
| Apr 5, 2012
We got our first real glimpse this week of how President Obama and his now-almost-certain Republican rival, Mitt Romney, intend to wage their campaigns in the lead-up to the general election.
In a speech Tuesday, Obama painted Romney as an out-of-touch...
| Mar 29, 2012
In 2009, President Obama was asked whether the individual mandate in his healthcare plan was really just a tax in disguise. "I absolutely reject that notion," he responded.
But if the president had been brave enough back then to call a tax a tax, his...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 3:44 PM
More than 5,000 people have signed an online petition demanding that L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa resign from a steering committee of the Fix the Debt campaign, a national bipartisan group lobbying for Congress and the White House to address the...
| Dec 15, 2011
Florida's new Republican senator, 40-year-old Marco Rubio, is handsome, personable and smart. He can talk with intelligence and ease about foreign policy, the federal budget and the aspirations of the American people. And he has a Reaganesque gift for...
| Feb 19, 2012
Don't look now, but the 2012 election is turning into a national referendum on what to do about Medicare.
Democrats want to run on the issue — and to charge that Republican proposals to change Medicare into a voucher-based system would end the...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 9:36 PM
The theme of Monday's Republican presidential debate was a classic dramatic device: role reversal -- or, to be snarky, cross-dressing. Mitt Romney lost in South Carolina last week, we're told, because he wasn't combative enough. So his mission in Florida,...