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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Elaine Kaplan
A quartet of Republican lawmakers on Tuesday accused the Obama administration of taking steps to "shield Washington insiders" from financial impacts of the new health care law and said it should reconsider its approach.
The Obama administration is moving quickly to implement changes from the Supreme Court decision last week to extend benefits to married same-sex couples, a ruling that offered a tangible boost to gays in more than a dozen states even as its impact on the nation's fiscal house remains a puzzle.
Elaine Kaplan, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, which oversees government background checks, told the committee at a hearing Thursday that the background check on Alexis complied with investigative standards.
She said, however, the Alexis case raised questions about whether investigative standards were "up to snuff."