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NJ Democrat Frank Pallone still wants hearings on fantasy sports

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Daily fantasy sports have exploded into a multibillion-dollar industry in recent years. Advertisements for both FanDuel and DraftKings are inescapable during broadcasts of football games and on ESPN. But is the party going to end soon? In September, New Jersey Democratic U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone requested that the Energy and Commerce Commission hold advanced hearings to determine the legal status of daily fantasy sports. The committee has jurisdiction over professional sports gambling. Then allegations of insider trading emerged last month when an employee of DraftKings mistakenly…

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GAO report calls for more transparency with Medicaid 1115 waivers

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The Department of Health and Human Services needs to be more transparent when it comes to approving sweeping Medicaid 1115  Demonstration waivers, a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office asserts. The 69-page GAO report recommends increased transparency in the management of billions dollars spent on health care. It says the Department of Health and Human Services should put in writing its  criteria for assessing whether Medicaid 1115 waivers are likely to promote the objectives of the  Medicaid program. The…

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Congress’ dysfunction not limited to Homeland Security fight

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Congress’ dysfunction isn’t limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption. Lawmakers couldn’t finish their work last year and it’s showing now. The leftover business could prove even more divisive than the dispute over rolling back President Barack Obama‘s immigration policies on a bill providing money for the Department of Homeland Security. Stretches of brinkmanship are certain to consume much of the legislative calendar in 2015. One critical issue is whether to increase the nation’s borrowing…

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