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Bill Hogan has been covering Washington for longer than he can remember — or longer, at least, than he'd like to remember. He is the author of three books, including, most recently, "Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?—How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects, and Be Healthier with Fewer Drugs" (with Dr. Armon B. Neel, Jr.).

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In Banking, Americans Lean Local

Posted on 07/26/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsI won’t tell you the name of my bank, but I will tell you this: it’s the oldest in the state; it didn’t use account numbers until the Federal Reserve forced it to; it has 25 branches, all within easy driving distance of one another; and every employee at the branch I use — from manager to teller — knows me by name. Not only that, the tellers all have baskets of lollipops and bags of dog biscuits at the …

10 Surprising Things About (Ambassador?) Caroline Kennedy

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayYou probably know that President Obama has nominated Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, to be ambassador to Japan. But here are 10 things you may not know about the 55-year-old scion of America’s best-known political dynasty: She’s named after her aunt, Caroline Lee Bouvier, a.k.a. Lee Radziwill. Ethnically, she is three-fourths Irish and one-fourth French. While her father was president, her Secret Service code name was Lyric. At the White House, …

Why the Post Office Might Stop Delivering Mail to Your Door

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsI’m fortunate to have one of most adorable dogs in the world — Cara, our 7-year-old wire fox terrier — watching over our house (nearly always from inside) pretty much 24/7. She is diabolically effective in scaring Darrell, our cheerful and ever-reliable postal carrier, away from the house within moments after he’s left mail at our front door. Earlier this year, I had to break the news to Cara that the U.S. Postal Service was proposing to do away with …

The Costs of Not Expanding Medicaid

Posted on 07/24/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsI generally don’t like to tell people that I majored in economics in college, because — the painful truth be told — there’s not a lot that I actually remember about “the dismal science.” One of the few things I do remember, however, is the concept of “opportunity cost.” That’s the name economists give to the cost of not doing something. Which brings us, in today’s lesson, to Medicaid, the government-sponsored health insurance program for certain groups of low-income Americans. …

Could Howdy Doody Save Detroit?

Posted on 07/19/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsOn June 18, Detroit, which has been wallowing in something like $18 billion of debt, became the largest city in U.S. history to seek bankruptcy protection. Detroit’s creditors have already vowed to go to war over a proposal by the city’s emergency financial manager to settle with them for just pennies on the dollar. Now they’re floating the nuclear option: forcing a sell-off of the holdings of the museum of the Detroit Institute of Arts, which is home to 60,000 …

Age Becomes an Issue (Sort of) in GOP Senate Race

Posted on 07/17/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsOn July 16, Republican Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming let it be known that he will seek a fourth term in office. About 30 minutes later, Liz Cheney, a political commentator for Fox News and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, made public her intention to challenge Enzi in next year’s GOP primary. “I’m running because I believe it is necessary for a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate,” Cheney, 46, said in a video …