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Despite White House spin, the media quickly nailed the Bowe Bergdahl story

It’s hard to imagine now, but the Obama administration initially tried to present the freeing of Bowe Bergdahl as a good news story.
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Senate OK's 10-year budget with trillions in cuts

Non-binding plan differs sharply from president's blueprint and would end Obamacare; needs to be reconciled with House-passed version

Senate delays vote on Medicare payment fix for two weeks

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Senate delays vote on Medicare payment fix for two weeks
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate will wait more than two weeks before acting on a bill to permanently fix the flawed formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, after an April 1 deadline to start a 21 percent cut in payment rates. Senate Republican and Democratic leaders said early on Friday that they would take the bill up when they return on April 13 from an Easter/Passover break. The measure, a rare bipartisan achievement in a deeply divided Congress, ... more

US isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank

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US isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China's frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power.

Little vetting of pilots for mental health, US experts say

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Little vetting of pilots for mental health, US experts say
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite U.S. and international regulations requiring that airline pilots be screened for mental health problems, little effective, real-world checking takes place, pilots and safety experts say.