On Wednesday, October 13, United States authorities announced the biggest fraudulent enterprise in Medicare history. A group of Armenian gangsters set up “phantom” healthcare clinics, as well as a variety of other measures, with the intent to cheat Medicare out of $163 million. Thus far, 73 associates have been indicted, 53 have been arrested, and seven suspects remain on the run.
Marxism and evolution were among the topics raised in a wide-ranging and frequently contentious nationally televised debate in Newark, Delaware, on Wednesday night, October 13, between Senate candidates Chris Coons, a Democrat, and Republican Christine O'Donnell. O'Donnell, who once called evolution "a myth," said her beliefs about the origin of the species are irrelevant to her Senate candidacy, while Coons denied he had been a "bearded Marxist" in his college days.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, mandates that insurance companies cover a variety of preventive services at no out-of-pocket cost, thanks to an amendment sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.).
With the nation in a long and steep economic decline, few Americans are expected to base their votes this fall on international issues. Issues relating to diplomacy and the intricacies of international trade are, well, foreign to most of us. But one mysterious, far-off land seems to be very much on the minds of candidates and voters this year. A large number of campaign commercials are focusing on our nation's trade with and outsourcing of jobs to China, an emerging superpower that that has amassed a large share of America's wealth and holds huge amounts of America's debt.
Although former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is no longer on Capitol Hill, he still casts a long shadow there. The former Republican Representative from Georgia, once Bill Clinton's most visible foil in Congress, has long since hit the political consultant circuit, but his Republican allies on Capitol Hill are -- 16 years after Gingrich was the face of the dramatic Republican takeover of the House -- still playing in the House that Newt Built, if the newly issued "Pledge to America," transparently modeled on the Republican "Contract with America" of 1994, is any evidence.