San Jose, California (CNN) - While in California for diplomatic meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Obama took time for a short victory lap praising the successes achieved so far by the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
"In the states that have committed themselves to implementing this law correctly, we're seeing some good news," the president told reporters at a San Jose hotel. "Competition and choice are pushing down costs in the individual market, just like the law was designed to do."
(CNN) - With two and a half weeks to go until a special Senate election in Massachusetts, two national Democratic groups are going up with television commercials for the first time in the race.
Both the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the campaign arm of Senate Democrats, and the independent Senate Majority PAC are hitting the airwaves with ads in support of Rep. Ed Markey, who's facing off against Republican Gabriel Gomez in the June 25 election.
(CNN) - The data surveillance programs discussed in recent media reports "help us prevent terrorist attacks, and modest encroachments on privacy that are involved in getting phone numbers or duration ... without looking at content" is worth doing, President Barack Obama said Friday in San Jose, California.
"Nobody is listening to your telephone calls," he said. "... What the intelligence community is doing is looking at phone numbers and durations of calls. They're not looking at people's names, and they're not looking at content, but by sifting through this so-called metadata, they may identify certain leads that" might help authorities disrupt potential terrorists.
Washington (CNN) - Does the U.S. government know more about the phone calls and emails its citizens make each day than Americans might have ever imagined?
That's what a lot of people are most likely asking Friday, following reports of secret U.S. government internet and telephone monitoring programs.
(CNN) - While Friday's new employment numbers show the U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May, Americans are "still waiting for the recovery President Obama promised years ago," according to the Republican National Committee's chairman.
"President Obama has given plenty of speeches about jobs, but he's done very little to support the kind of commonsense pro-growth policies Republicans have offered year after year," Reince Priebus said in a statement. "Instead, his government has been wasting precious time and money."
(CNN) - Remember how Fox News host Geraldo Rivera said he was considering a U.S. Senate bid in New Jersey?
Well, he's not anymore.
New York (CNNMoney) - Employers are hiring at a restrained pace as jitters about the economy linger.
The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May, according to the Department of Labor. Hiring at that rate isn't terrible, but it is unexceptional at this point. It marks a slight improvement from April, when a revised 149,000 jobs were created, but still falls in line with average job growth over the last three years.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann, who announced last week she won't seek re-election next year, says she may run for elected office again one day and is not ruling out another presidential bid.
But the Minnesota Republican said her future career in politics is not her top priority at the moment.
Washington (CNN) - Contractors at an Environmental Protection Agency warehouse were careless with inventories, and used government furniture and appliances to create hidden "man caves" complete with couches and TVs, an agency watchdog alleges.
Out of sight of the security cameras, and often hidden behind screens or boxes, employees created rec-rooms with furniture and appliances from government storage, according to an audit, feathering their nests with televisions, DVDs, refrigerators, microwaves, and couches.FULL STORY