March 23, 2013

Record Crop Insurance Payout Stirs Subsidy Debate

Farmers will be paid a record $16 billion in crop insurance claims for 2012 because of the widespread drought, a staggering amount that has critics calling for changes to what they say is an inefficient taxpayer subsidy the government cannot afford.


 handguns displayed in Sandy, Utah
(Rick Bowmer/AP)
March 21, 2013

Senate Gun Bill Would Expand Background Checks

Gun control legislation the Senate debates next month will include an expansion of federal background checks for firearms buyers, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday in a victory for advocates of gun restrictions.


March 21, 2013

Illinois House Approves Pension Reform Measure

The Illinois House has approved a stripped-down pension plan that could delay and reduce cost-of-living increases for retirees and future retirees. The measure passed 66-50.


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