"When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food."
—Deciderius Erasmus (1466?-1536) Dutch Renaissance scholar, theologian
- Health Exchange Enrollment By State, In 2 Charts Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:37:00 -0500
- Because HealthCare.gov was barely functioning in October and much of November, the administration is falling far short of the 3.3 million people it has projected would sign up by the end of December. Still, federal officials say they're confident that 7 million people will have obtained insurance on the exchanges by the end of March.
- Mystery Bidder At French Auction Plans To Return Sacred Hopi Items Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:29:00 -0500
- Twenty-four items sold for $530,000 this week in Paris. The Los Angeles-based Annenberg Foundation turned out to be the buyer, and says it stepped in after a French court rejected efforts to halt the auction.
- 6 Things Missing From The Budget Agreement Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:13:00 -0500
- The agreement by the budget committee chairs is no grand bargain. It's more like a mini-bargain. All the really hard stuff was sidestepped because the ideological rift between Washington Democrats and Republicans made it impossible to include those items.
- Sebelius Calls For Review Of HHS Practices That Led To Debacle Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:49:00 -0500
- "The launch of HealthCare.gov was flawed and simply unacceptable." Those are the words of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, published today, just before she spent time with people who share that view: members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
- 'Civic Tech' Skips The Red Tape Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:57:46 -0500
- If you've ever spent a day on hold with a government agency, you know there has to be a better way. Now, the emerging field of 'civic tech' is trying to find it. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Roxann Stafford of Design Muse to learn more.
- Kids Create Mobile Apps In the Classroom Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:57:00 -0500
- Some of the best new digital apps are coming from the youngest tech innovators. Middle school students Xavier Manning and Ciara Chase created apps that make their community better: from improving garbage collection to finding missing teens. Guest host Celeste Headlee talk to the students, and their guidance counselor Carletta Hurt.
- No Cake For You: Saying 'I Don't' To Same-Sex Marriage Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:46:00 -0500
- Photographers and a cake baker who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds are challenging rulings that compel them to provide wedding services to gay couples. Lawyers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in.
- Asiana Pilot Was 'Very Concerned' Before California Crash Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:34:00 -0500
- Three people were killed and more than 150 were injured when the South Korean passenger jet crashed at San Francisco International Airport last July. As the NTSB holds an all-day hearing, there's word that the pilot was worried about making a visual approach to the runway.
- Pensions Become Less Certain For Government Workers Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:04:00 -0500
- Governments at all levels are trying to save money by scaling back retirement benefits. Public employees may still end up with more generous plans than their private-sector counterparts, but the days of feeling totally secure about their pension income may be numbered.
- Enrollment Jumps At HealthCare.gov, Though Totals Still Lag Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:06:00 -0500
- As of Nov. 30, more than 137,000 people had obtained health insurance through the federal website. Another 227,000 got coverage through the state exchanges. Users have until Dec. 23 to sign up if they want the health insurance coverage to start Jan. 1.
- 'Something For Everyone To Dislike' In Budget Deal Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:00:00 -0500
- The bipartisan plan would head off any more budget battles for two years. But it also doesn't cut spending as much as some Republicans want or restore some of the funding that Democrats favor. Both sides being disappointed may be the key to the plan's success, though.
- Exchange Enrollment Growing But Still Short Of Forecasts Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:10:00 -0500
- The Obama administration just released the latest sign-up numbers for its troubled health insurance exchange website. Enrollment picked up last month, after a disastrous start in October. Still, the number of people signing up for coverage is below the administration's original forecasts.
- Sen. Murray On Budget Deal: A 'Compromise' With 'Smarter Cuts' Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:20:00 -0500
- Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan announced a bipartisan budget proposal Tuesday. For more details on the plan, Steve Inskeep speaks with Murray, who led her party in the negotiations.
- Parents Worry Schools Overlook Girls Who Aren't College-Bound Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:58:57 -0500
- In a new poll, parents of girls were more likely to say no when asked if schools were sufficiently preparing students for the world of work. And with many well-paying trades still dominated by men, girls may have a harder time succeeding in the workplace without some kind of higher education.
- Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper' Wed, 11 Dec 2013 04:58:00 -0500
- Veterans with "other than honorable" discharges lose benefits like the GI Bill for school or a VA home loan. But they also can't get VA health care and disability compensation, even for the PTSD that may have caused the bad discharge. Such veterans have a few avenues of appeal, but none are simple.