The Brief

Marketplace guide Jim Prim works on the federal enrollment website as he helps a resident sign up for a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act at an enrollment event in Milford, Delaware on March 27, 2014.
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HealthCare.Gov Diagnosis: $$$

Feds badly managed the development of a website to sell health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, potentially costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns, according to testimony that will be delivered to a House subcommittee Thursday

Israeli airstrikes intensified over the Gaza Strip

White House Condemns Attack

The Obama Administration condemned a strike on a U.N. school sheltering displaced Gazans on Wednesday, which killed at least 15

Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald of Ohio is sworn in during a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearings to examine his nomination to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 22, 2014.

House Approves VA Overhaul

The $16.3 billion measure is intended help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors, and make firing senior executives at the VA easier


Peace Corps Exits West Africa Amid Ebola Scare

The Peace Corps announced Wednesday that it's pulling volunteers out of parts of West Africa amid an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Volunteers in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are being recalled until further notice

Sean Haugh Libertarian Candidate From US Senate From North Carolina

Third-Party Candidates Could Disrupt 2014 Midterms

In the 1990s and 2000s combined, only six Senate races were impacted by third party candidates, but all that is now changing. In the past four years alone, the outcomes of four Senate races have been impacted by outsiders, and this year is lining up to deliver more shakeups

Luke And Leia

Woman Told She Can't Put 'Skywalker' on Passport

When a British woman tried to add "Skywalker" as a middle name on her passport, "for a bit of a laugh," authorities informer her that she's committing trademark infringement for using the famous Star Wars' character's moniker

Worried man blues

Study: Depression a Risk of Dementia

The two conditions have been linked before, but a new study, which looked at 1,764 people with no memory problems around age 77, and followed them for about eight years, says depression may be an independent risk factor for the disease

Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' To Be Auctioned At Christie's

Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' Returns to the Tate

The artist's controversial installation—consisting of an unmade bed surrounded by piles of discarded condoms, old liquor bottles and pregnancy tests—will be exhibited at the Tate gallery for at least 10 years, on long-term loan from its most recent owner

Former IRS Director Lois Lerner Testifies To A House Oversight Committee On IRS Targeting Scandal

Emails: Lois Lerner Called Republicans 'Crazies'

House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp released new emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner, in which she knocks the "whacko wing" of the Republican Party and conservative radio shows, as part of investigation examining potential criminal wrongdoing


'Stop Laughing' Advice Makes Turkish Women LOL

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc did not intend his Monday speech on "moral corruption" to get big laughs, but when he advised women to suppress their laughter in public, it landed on the public like a well-crafted punchline


Mississippi's Only Abortion Clinic to Remain Open

A federal appeals panel blocked a state law that would have effectively ended abortion in the state by requiring the clinic's doctors to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals, in a 2-to-1 vote on Tuesday


Ebola: By the Numbers

A new case in Nigeria has ramped up fears of global spread as Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia struggle to contain the deadly virus