Businesses could shun Obamacare exchanges
Zachary Davis is one business owner who might stay away from federal health care exchanges next year if regulators succeed at limiting options available in 2014.
April 4th, 2013
07:18 AM ET
1 year ago

Businesses could shun Obamacare exchanges

New York (CNNMoney) - Small businesses were no great fans of Obamacare - but at least they liked the promise of the health exchanges. Now, some of the benefits might not appear for at least a year.

By 2014, two kinds of health exchanges are scheduled to be up and running: One for individuals and one for small businesses.

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Filed under: Health care
Poll: Could background checks lead to gun confiscation?
April 4th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Could background checks lead to gun confiscation?

Washington (CNN) - While the vast majority of Americans support background checks on gun sales, a new national poll indicates that a plurality say that the government could use the information from such universal background checks to confiscate legally-owned guns.

According to the Quinnipiac University survey, 91% of voters across the country support universal background checks. The poll, released Thursday, is the second in two days to indicate widespread backing of the proposal, which is key component of a bill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed to bring up when Congress returns from a two-week recess. A Morning Joe/Marist poll released Tuesday indicated 87% support for such checks.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights
CNN Washington AM Note
April 4th, 2013
05:00 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Washington AM Note

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CNN: Connecticut lawmakers pass sweeping gun measure

Gun legislation that advocacy groups call the strongest and most comprehensive to be taken up across the nation moved closer to passage early Thursday as the Connecticut House approved the tough gun measure. The vote, 105-44, followed passage by the Senate a day earlier. The bill, which is expected to be signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy, would make Connecticut the third state to pass such a tough measure following the December rampage in Newtown.
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Filed under: Washington AM Note
Five chiefs of staff explain why they didn’t want the job
April 4th, 2013
12:28 AM ET
1 year ago

Five chiefs of staff explain why they didn’t want the job

(CNN) – Though they worked for presidents who would disagree on many issues, the five men who shared a stage Wednesday nightly mostly agreed on at least one thing: they didn't want their job.

Each of them had once served as White House chief of staff, but in many cases, only after initially balking at the job offer or outright turning it down.

“People came up to me and said, ‘Gosh, you've been serving for five years,’” said Josh Bolten, who had held a variety of positions including budget director in the administration of George W. Bush before ascending to chief of staff.   “You must be completely worn out.  How can you take the chief of staff job?

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Filed under: David Gergen • White House
Hutchinson clarifies position on background checks
April 4th, 2013
12:21 AM ET
1 year ago

Hutchinson clarifies position on background checks

(CNN) - The National Rifle Association adviser who broke with the organization’s position has clarified his position on gun sale background checks.

After announcing the NRA’s National School Shield Project school safety findings at a Tuesday press conference, he appeared on CNN later and said he “absolutely” supported expanding background checks.  The NRA supports expanding the data included in the database – such as those with mental health issues – but does not support conducting a background check on every gun sale, including so-called private sales currently exempt from the federal requirement.

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Filed under: Gun control • NRA
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