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Justification for Rate Hike Contradicted

Monday, 22 February 2010, 1:35 pm | Jason Leopold

Anthem Blue Cross’ parent company, WellPoint Inc., has been called out by Congressman Henry Waxman over discrepancies between the company's public statement explaining why it was hiking rates on individual insurance premiums in California and the health ... More >>

Cheney Admits to War Crimes, Media Yawns

Thursday, 18 February 2010, 12:13 pm | Jason Leopold

On Sunday, in an exclusive interview with Jonathan Karl of ABC News' "This Week," Cheney proclaimed his love of torture, derided the Obama administration for outlawing the practice, and admitted that the Bush White House ordered Justice Department attorneys ... More >>

DOJ Clears John Yoo of Misconduct

Monday, 1 February 2010, 1:57 pm | Jason Leopold

A long-awaited Department of Justice watchdog report that probed whether John Yoo and his former boss Jay Bybee violated professional standards when they provided the Bush White House with legal advice on torture has cleared both men of misconduct, ... More >>

AIG Executives Failed to Repay Majority of Bonuses

Thursday, 31 December 2009, 2:14 pm | Jason Leopold

Despite previous promises, beleaguered insurance giant American International Group (AIG) has failed to return tens of millions of dollars in bonus payments the firm doled out to executives following the company’s spectacular unraveling and subsequent ... More >>

Report: Obama Now Aims to Close Guantanamo by 2011

Sunday, 27 December 2009, 12:26 pm | Jason Leopold

President Barack Obama’s ambitious plan to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison facility by 2010 was dealt a major blow when lawmakers refused to earmark funds in a military spending bill Congress approved last week that would have allowed the ... More >>

"Missing" Emails Subpoenaed in CIA Leak Probe

Friday, 18 December 2009, 4:23 pm | Jason Leopold

Between late 2005 and January 2006, the Bush administration tried to recover "lost" emails from staffers who worked in the Office of the Vice President (OVP), an effort centered on a critical week - October 1 through October 6, 2003. More >>

Lieberman For a Medicare Buy-In Before He Wasn't

Thursday, 17 December 2009, 4:26 pm | Jason Leopold

Sen. Joe Lieberman, (I-Connecticut), has threatened to derail passage of a health care reform bill in the Senate if the legislation includes a measure to expand Medicare to individuals beginning at age 55, a proposal Lieberman says he has long opposed. More >>

Blistering Indictment Leveled Against Obama

Monday, 14 December 2009, 10:55 am | Jason Leopold

During his 36-minute speech after accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway Thursday, President Barack Obama explained to an audience of 1,000 how the United States has a "moral and strategic interest" in abiding by a code of conduct when ... More >>

DOJ Report on Yoo, Bybee to be Released Soon

Tuesday, 8 December 2009, 12:48 pm | Jason Leopold

Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder told lawmakers in testimony before Congress that a long-awaited Justice Department watchdog report that is said to be highly critical of the legal work three attorneys who worked at the agency's powerful Office ... More >>

Obama Invokes 9/11 to Explain Troop Surge

Friday, 4 December 2009, 2:25 pm | Jason Leopold

After months of deliberations, President Barack Obama finally outlined his revised strategy for the Afghanistan war in a nationally televised address Tuesday night. The commander-in-chief repeatedly invoked 9/11, attempting to justify his plan to ... More >>

Afghanistan Troop Increase Could Leave No Reserves

Friday, 27 November 2009, 12:39 pm | Jason Leopold

President Barack Obama intends to announce next week that he will deploy tens of thousands of additional US troops to Afghanistan, according to numerous published reports citing unnamed administration officials, to fight an eight-year-old war that ... More >>

Report on Yoo, Bybee Legal Work to Be Released

Friday, 20 November 2009, 4:36 pm | Jason Leopold

A long-awaited Justice Department watchdog report that is said to be highly critical of the legal work three attorneys who worked at the agency's powerful Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) conducted for the Bush administration will be released at the end of ... More >>

HoR Passes Sweeping Health Care Reform Legislation

Monday, 9 November 2009, 10:07 am | Jason Leopold

Saturday began with a morning pep talk from President Obama during a private meeting with Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill and a public appeal from the presidential podium in the Rose Garden shortly thereafter. More >>

Jason Leopold: News Steam On Fort Hood Shooting

Sunday, 8 November 2009, 1:56 pm | Jason Leopold

Update 10:44 p.m. PDT : Nader Hasan, Maj. Hasan's first cousin, issued a statement on behalf of the family: "We are shocked and saddened by the terrible events at Fort Hood today. We send the families of the victims our most heartfelt sympathies. We, ... More >>

Cheney Could Not Recall Key Plame Leak Events

Monday, 2 November 2009, 10:49 pm | Jason Leopold

A month before Valerie Plame Wilson's covert status as a CIA operative was revealed in a newspaper column, Vice President Dick Cheney told his then-chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, and his press secretary, Cathie Martin, that Plame Wilson ... More >>

Torture Diaries Should Be Given to Defense Counsel

Thursday, 22 October 2009, 1:50 pm | Jason Leopold

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Documents Reveal Existence of New Torture Tapes

Thursday, 8 October 2009, 4:35 pm | Jason Leopold

A federal court judge on Monday revealed that the brutal interrogation of an alleged "war on terror" detainee imprisoned at Guantanamo for more than seven years was videotaped and she ordered the government to turn over the materials to the prisoner's lawyers. More >>

Jason Leopold: The Republican War Against ACORN

Monday, 28 September 2009, 3:24 pm | Jason Leopold

In recent days, The Washington Post, The New York Times and other major news outlets have recounted the "troubled" history of the poor people's advocacy group ACORN, but left out the five-year anti-ACORN campaign led by White House adviser Karl Rove ... More >>

Zubaydah's Torture Preceded Yoo's Torture Memo

Wednesday, 16 September 2009, 11:29 am | Jason Leopold

Bush administration officials have led the public to believe that Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee captured after 9/11, was a senior al-Qaeda leader, who was subjected to waterboarding and other torture techniques after the Justice ... More >>

CIA to Continue to Withhold Torture Documents

Friday, 4 September 2009, 1:02 pm | Jason Leopold

The CIA said in court papers late Monday that it intends to withhold hundreds of pages of documents related to the Bush administration's torture and detention policies on grounds that disclosing the information will threaten national security. More >>