Secretary of State John Kerry introduced the first Special Advisor of the new Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, Shaun Casey, at the State Department. The creation of this office indicates the State Department's interest in religious engagement, which began in earnest during Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State.
ObamaCare?s cost-cutting board is facing growing opposition from Democrats who say it will harm people on Medicare. Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean drew attention to the board designed to limit Medicare cost growth when he called for its repeal in an op-ed late last month.
It started out a political "gotcha" ? an amendment to President Barack Obama's health care law requiring members of Congress and staffers to get the same coverage offered to uninsured Americans. The administration tossed it back in the lap of Congress. Proposed rules say lawmakers' offices should individually decide whether staffers are subject to a health law provision that would require them to switch their insurance coming next year under Obama's overhaul.