| Nov 7, 2012
You know all that talk about how Superstorm Sandy will revivify efforts in Washington to address climate change? Write it down somewhere, because a few days or weeks from now it will be forgotten.
So will concerns about income inequality, and pledges...
| Nov 7, 2012
So, Barack Obama, you've been granted a second term. What do you do for an encore?
It has become commonplace to observe that presidential second terms are fraught with disappointment. George W. Bush's was marred by a bogged-down war in Iraq and the...
| Oct 21, 2012
When he was elected president in 2008, Barack Obama was untried and untested. Just four years out of the Illinois state Senate, he had not yet proved himself as either a manager or a leader. He had emerged from relative obscurity as the result of a single...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 3:00 AM
The U.S. Justice Department's civil fraud division is investigating claims that CVS Caremark wrongly refilled prescriptions and billed insurers without the knowledge or the approval of its customers.
The probe will focus primarily on allegations of...
| Oct 12, 2012
Medicare is investigating reports that CVS Caremark Corp., the country's second-largest drugstore chain, has refilled prescriptions and submitted insurance claims without patients' approval, according to an official with knowledge of the matter.
| Oct 11, 2012
| 6:18 PM
Whoever wins the presidential election in November will confront urgent problems: Should tax cuts scheduled to expire be renewed? Should federal spending be cut to reduce the deficit or would that weaken an already lackluster economy? After one of the...
| Oct 9, 2012
George Engelke manages his CVS prescriptions online. If he needs more of a medicine, he orders it. If he's going to be away from his Corona del Mar home, he tells the pharmacy where to send the shipment.
He's never asked CVS to automatically refill his...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 4:45 PM
The identifying characteristic of progressives' syndrome, which I believe psychiatrists have been following since the Truman administration, is their defensiveness about their own policies when they're challenged by Big Business and other stalwarts of the...
| Oct 2, 2012
| 5:43 PM
Who's the most influential billionaire business figure in national politics?
If you answered one of the Koch brothers (Charles or David) or George Soros, you're wearing your partisan blinders. The former are known for their devotion to conservative...
| 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 6, 2012
| 1:32 PM
Congressional Democrats began running television ads against two of the California Republicans they hope to unseat in November. Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado and Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) also have taken their battle to TV....