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Sebelius: Health care launch 'terribly flawed'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's timeline for having ready the new health care law's online sign-up system "was just flat out wrong," outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview that aired Sunday.

Democratic lawmaker: GOP base 'animated by racism'

WASHINGTON (AP) — An overhaul to the nation's broken immigration system remains stalled because "the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism," the head of the House committee to elect Democratic lawmakers said Sunday.

Rand Paul: US 'can't invite the whole world'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love."

US ambassador: Talks with Iran continuing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says talks about Iran's nuclear program are continuing undisturbed by Washington's decision to block Tehran's new ambassador to the world body.

Ukraine officer killed in gunbattle in east

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian special forces exchanged gunfire with a pro-Russia militia in an eastern city Sunday, with at least one security officer killed and five others wounded. It was the first reported gunbattle in east Ukraine, where armed pro-Russia men have seized a number of government buildings in recent days.

Sebelius says she told Obama staying 'wasn't an option'

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who resigned last week, says she made the decision to leave and told President Barack Obama last month that staying on "wasn't an option". In her first interview since the White House announced her resignation as the president's top healthcare adviser, Sebelius told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that she and Obama first spoke about her future after Obamacare enrollment began to show signs of recovering from its disastrous October 1 launch. "The president and I began to talk after the first of the year, and I went back to him in early March," Sebelius said. "I made it pretty clear that it really wasn't an option to stay on." Sebelius was responding to speculation that the White House may have forced her resignation in a bid to open a new chapter for Obama's signature domestic policy achievement ahead of November's election battle for control of Congress during the final years of the Obama presidency.

Exploring Dark Energy

Thanks to something called “dark energy,” our Universe is expanding. We don’t understand much about it yet, but a project called BOSS is aiming to change that.

Thank Anti-Vaxxers for Lyme

LYMErix, a promising vaccine for Lyme disease introduced in the ‘90s, was taken off the market due to pushback from anti-vaxxers (among other groups). Is it time to bring the drug back?

Feds: Safety concerns led to Nevada cow release

Federal land managers say "escalating tensions" led them to release all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has refused to recognize their authority.

Finance ministers: Economy stronger but fragile

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's top financial officials say they believe the global economy is strengthening but that growth remains fragile and open to risks of new geopolitical strife, as in Ukraine.

Can We Divorce Our Elites?

The nasty public divorce of the D.C. power couple Tony and Heather Podesta reveals a power vacuum we can fill, if only we get our personal lives together.

How Sikhs Celebrate Spring

Every April, communities across the world come together to celebrate Vaisakhi. For centuries, Vaisakhi has marked the spring harvest, and Punjabi farmers have celebrated this occasion with community gatherings and festivals.

UN Conspiracy That Just Won’t Die

In a new report, the Southern Poverty Law Center deconstructs the mythology surrounding the sustainability planning program since it was adopted at the U.N. more than 20 years ago.

The Enduring Myth of ‘Sex Jihad’

Despite facts to the contrary, the salacious stories of Saudi women trading sex for extremist expansion continues to taunt.

Little League’s Big Corruption

From manicures to motorcycles, Little League crooks in three states used team funds for more than balls and bats. Thanks to community kindness, it’s still game-on this spring.

The Silly Con War on Colbert

Colbert’s rise to replace Letterman on ‘The Late Show’ has sparked hyperbolic outrage from the usual conservative suspects. But the right is wrong.

Why You Should Want Hillary v. Jeb

They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016?

This Pol Hates Neanderthals

One House candidate’s reason for running is personal. Steve King thinks DREAMers who want to join the military should be deported. And a Missouri Rep.says getting an abortion is a huge decision—like buying a car, or getting new carpeting.

The ‘Mad Men’ Culture of Obsession

‘Mad Men’ is a show made by compulsives, for compulsives, that rewards compulsivity. But when you find yourself looking for messages and answers in the pattern of a dress, it's time to step back and just enjoy it.