Wed Jun 10, 2015 AT 5:37 PM EDT
The Hill reports several states are exploring their options to save their ObamaCare subsidies, if the Supreme Court rules against the law this month. Two states — Pennsylvania and Delaware — said this week they would launch their own exchanges, if needed, using pieces of the federal exchange, like its website and call center. Other states have indicated they will buy ObamaCare technology from the federal government. A multi-state exchange — an option buried in ObamaCare’s text that has recently seen resurgence — could also cut costs. Half a dozen Republican governors and several Southern states have ruled out creating a state-based exchange, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, viewing it as bailing out a politically toxic program.
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Wed Jun 3, 2015 AT 3:37 PM EDT
The AP and Washington Times report that Congress approved and Obama signed, late Tuesday, sweeping changes to surveillance laws enacted after the September 11 attacks, banning the NSA’s bulk phone-records collection program, which triggered controversy following Edward Snowden’s disclosures. Instead, phone companies will hold the records and the government must make more individualized warrant applications therefor.
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Fri May 15, 2015 AT 7:37 AM EDT
The PATRIOT Act expires at the end of May, reports Politico, and disputes in the Senate make it likely that its spying programs will as well.