(CNN) - In her first public remarks since the trial of John Edwards last year, daughter Cate Edwards recalls feeling angry and disappointed upon hearing of his extramarital affair.
"I was devastated," Edwards said Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show. "And I was disappointed. I mean, these are my parents. I had grown up with a lot of love in my family. And it was hard to see them go through this."
Washington (CNN) - Republican opponents of President Obama's Affordable Care Act got some new ammunition this week: A study released by the Society of Actuaries on Tuesday predicts that costs could rise an average of 32% by 2017 for insurers serving the individual health care market.
Insurers in some states could see costs rise significantly more than that, the study reports, with increases estimated to top out at 80% in Ohio and Wisconsin, and 60% in California, Idaho, Maryland and Indiana. These increases could then be passed on to consumers through higher premiums.
(CNN) – Sen. John McCain glimpsed the gritty reality of life on the United States-Mexico border Wednesday when a woman attempted to climb an 18 foot fence near where he and fellow senators were surveying the barrier wall.
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(CNN) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators at the heart of the debate over immigration reform toured the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona on Wednesday - the latest sign of growing legislative momentum on a polarizing issue that has been stalled on Capitol Hill for years.
Arizona GOP Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake were joined on the tour by New York's Chuck Schumer and Colorado's Michael Bennet, both Democrats. The four men are part of a group of eight senators expected to unveil comprehensive legislation soon after Congress returns from its spring break in April.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Actress and Democrat Ashley Judd, who was openly considering challenging Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky seat in 2014, announced Wednesday she was "currently unable" to run for public office.
"After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family," Judd wrote on Twitter.
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BREAKING: Colorado movie-theater shooting suspect James Holmes has offered to plead guilty and spend the rest of his life in prison, but prosecutors have not accepted his offer because they may choose to pursue the death penalty, according to documents filed Wednesday.
DOUBTS ABOUT DOMA: JUSTICES SOMEWHAT RECEPTIVE TO REPEALING FEDERAL LAW ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE… The Supreme Court offered at least a measure of support Wednesday for doing away with a federal law that denies legally married same-sex couples the same range of benefits enjoyed by heterosexual partners. The justices for nearly two hours debated in open session the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, a 1996 law that says for federal purposes, marriage is defined as only between one man and one woman. – Bill Mears and Tom Cohen
STATES’ RIGHTS: “I think DOMA is in trouble,” said Jeffrey Toobin, CNN’s senior legal analyst. “And I think it is in trouble because Anthony Kennedy was repeatedly concerned that the Defense of Marriage Act violates states’ rights. … He was clearly very concerned that the Defense of Marriage Act was invading the province of the state to define marriage.”
Mexico City (CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama will head to Mexico in May, officials said.
Obama accepted Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's invitation to visit Wednesday morning, Mexico's foreign ministry said in a statement.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Curtis Bostic, running against former Gov. Mark Sanford for a spot on the ballot in South Carolina's U.S. House election, received a boost this week when two prominent conservative endorsed him.
Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator and 2012 presidential candidate, touted Bostic's "robust conservative values" in an endorsement Tuesday, saying he would campaign for the candidate ahead of next Tuesday's vote.
(CNN) – His loss last November hasn't quelled Mitt Romney's worries the country is headed in the wrong direction, the former presidential candidate said in a radio interview Wednesday.
"I'm very concerned about the country," Romney told radio host and comedian Dennis Miller. "I wouldn't have gotten into this if I thought everything was going swimmingly. And I'm still concerned about the country."
(CNN) - Julia Pierson was sworn in Wednesday as the first female director of the Secret Service in its 148-year history. She took the standard federal oath administered by Vice President Joe Biden with President Obama holding the Bible in the Oval Office.
"As Joe Biden pointed out, this person now probably has more control over our lives than anyone else, except for our spouses, and I couldn't be placing our lives in better hands," Obama told reporters after the swearing-in.