More Joel Gehrke Articles

  • Afghan journalists boycotting Taliban in response to colleague's murder

    A group of Afghan journalists is organizing a boycott of the Taliban after the murder of a fellow reporter and several of his family members in a Thursday assault on civilians. "In this attack, the Taliban deliberately and ruthlessly targeted civilians, shooting women and innocent children...

  • Ed Henry denounces 'bizarre' claim that White House reporters preapprove questions

    Fox News' Ed Henry, a White House correspondent and former president of the White House Correspondents Association, denied an Arizona reporter's "bizarre claim" that White House press secretary Jay Carney preapproves questions asked during the daily news briefing. "[A]bsurd -- i don't submit...

  • Treasury didn't check for legal authority before delaying Obamacare mandate

    Treasury Department officials didn't check to make sure they had the legal authority to delay an Obamacare mandate before issuing guidance that flouted the text of the law, a department official told House investigators. Treasury Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur, who announced the...

  • Rand Paul hopes NSA spying will top gay marriage for young voters

    Sen. Rand Paul hopes that his opposition to National Security Agency spying will allow him to unite conservative voters skeptical of President Obama and young voters who have trended Democratic in the last two presidential elections -- and he's got a speech that was well-received both at the...

  • David Axelrod wants Rand Paul to stop using big words

    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., needs to stop using big words that "most Americans" don't understand, suggests David Axelrod, President Obama's old campaign strategist.

  • Report: Pennsylvania Dem took bribe to oppose voter ID law, but never got charged

    Pennsylvania Democrats reportedly were caught on tape accepting cash bribes, including one lawmaker who was paid to vote against a state voter identification law, but Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane shut down the investigation. "Before Kane ended the investigation, sources familiar...

  • NRSC: 'Next stop, Senate majority'

    Republican voters have more enthusiasm for the next election than Democrats, but it's not quite as high as it was in the 2010 midterms, according to recent polling.

  • Obamacare rule would let insurance companies 'modify' plans to cut down on cancellation notices

    President Obama's team at the Department of Health and Human Services has a plan to prevent insurance companies from sending out politically toxic cancellation notices by making it easier for companies to modify existing plans without officially canceling them.

  • HHS requires insurance companies that cover spouses to recognize gay marriages

    Insurance companies that provide plans covering spouses must extend that coverage to couples in gay marriages, according to a new rule from the Health and Human Services Department. "In other words, insurance companies will not be permitted to discriminate against married same-sex couples when...

  • Millionaires lose unemployment benefits in new Senate deal

    Millionaires will no longer qualify for unemployment benefits under the bipartisan Senate deal unveiled Thursday afternoon, ending a subsidy that Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., attacked as a "reverse Robin Hood" provision designed to increase support for government programs. "Notwithstanding any...

  • Rand Paul on alleged CIA-Senate hacking: 'This cannot happen in a free country'

    Heads should roll at the CIA if Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., proves that intelligence officers hacked her staff's computers as part of a dispute over a committee report on waterboarding, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told reporters. "There's an incredible...

  • Colorado Obamacare enrollments dwarfed by cancellation notices as Senate race heats up

    Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., may face increasing headwinds from Obamacare as he tries to fend off a challenge from Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., given that low enrollments in his state are likely to drive up insurance premiums for his constituents, many of whom lost their previous plans because of...

  • Harry Reid takes money from companies under investigation for bribery law violations

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has received campaign contributions from people and political action committees linked to multiple companies suspected of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The FCPA "generally prohibits the payment of bribes to foreign officials to assist...

  • Harry Reid stands between ENFORCE the Law Act and Obama's veto pen

    Five Democrats joined House Republicans to pass a bill that would give Congress the power to sue if President Obama doesn't enforce the nation's laws as written. The ENFORCE the Law Act, which passed Wednesday by a 233-181 vote, is aimed at Obama's expansive use of executive powers to pick and...

  • Sarah Palin endorses T.W. Shannon in Oklahoma Senate race

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin lent her Tea Party credibility to former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon, endorsing his effort to replace retiring Sen. Tom Coburn as the next Republican senator from the state. "T.W.'s opponent has the backing of Beltway insiders, but T.W. has the passion...



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