Congressional report presses for e-cigarette rules

Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry, according to a Congressional report released ... … [Read more...]

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation. … [Read more...]

Sebelius says she told Obama staying ‘wasn’t an option’

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 10, 2014, before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the HHS Department's fiscal Year 2015 budget. Sebelius said 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. That's a 400,000 increase from the 7.1 million that Obama announced last week at the end of the law's open enrollment period. The figure exceeded expectations, a surprise election-year success for the law after a disastrous roll-out. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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 … [Read more...]

Libyan prime minister quits after one month, citing violence

Libya's acting prime minister Thinni speaks during a news conference in Tripoli

By Feras Bosalum and Julia Payne TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's interim prime minister handed his resignation to parliament on Sunday, just one month into the job, saying gunmen had tried to attack his family. Abdullah al-Thinni's resignation adds to the growing chaos in Libya, where the government has struggled to control brigades of former rebels nearly three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. The General National Congress (GNC), the country's parliament, has not yet officially recognized Thinni's resignation and will decide what to do at its next session on Tuesday, a GNC spokesman said. Thinni said he would stay in his post until the GNC selects a new prime minister. … [Read more...]

Libya’s interim PM hands in resignation to parliament

Libya's acting prime minister Thinni speaks during a news conference in Tripoli

Libya's interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni on Sunday handed in his resignation to the parliament saying he had faced threats and could not continue just weeks after he was appointed to the post. In a letter sent to the General National Congress and published on the government website, Thinni said he and his family had been victim of a "cowardly attack" and he could not "accept to see any violence because of my position". He was appointed earlier this month as interim prime minister with a mandate of just weeks. It was extended by the GNC last week on the condition he formed a new government in an attempt to bring some stability to Libya. … [Read more...]