Obamacare: Is a $2,000 deductible 'affordable?'
June 13th, 2013
08:32 AM ET
1 year ago

Obamacare: Is a $2,000 deductible 'affordable?'

New York (CNNMoney) - Until now, much of the debate swirling around Obamacare has focused on the cost of premiums in the state-based health insurance exchanges.

But what will enrollees actually get for that monthly charge?

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Filed under: Health care
June 13th, 2013
08:32 AM ET
1 year ago

To Texans' dismay, feds deny additional aid after fertilizer plant explosions

(CNN) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied additional aid tied to deadly explosions at a Texas fertilizer plant, a decision ripped Wednesday by local and state officials who accused President Barack Obama of having "gone against his word."

FEMA's administrator informed Gov. Rick Perry in a letter Monday that it was denying a request to declare West, Texas - the small town where an April 17 fire led to simultaneous blasts at a fertilizer distribution facility, killing 15 and decimating homes, businesses and more within 37 blocks - a "major disaster" area. The letter noted Obama had previously issued an emergency declaration and other measures that paved the way for some direct federal assistance.

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Filed under: FEMA • Texas
First on CNN: O'Malley to endorse Booker in New Jersey Senate race
June 13th, 2013
08:32 AM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: O'Malley to endorse Booker in New Jersey Senate race

(CNN) – Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will endorse Cory Booker in New Jersey's special Senate election on Thursday, Democratic sources told CNN.

O'Malley, a former mayor of Baltimore, plans to cite the Newark mayor's efforts to reduce crime, attract businesses and improve education in his endorsement.
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Filed under: 2016 • Cory Booker • Martin O'Malley • New Jersey • Senate
June 13th, 2013
08:01 AM ET
1 year ago

Christie 'Born to run'? Gov drops hints during Late Night 'Slow Jam'

(CNN) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie dropped by NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday to try his hand at "Slow Jamming the News" - a bit famously started by NBC newsman Brian Williams.

And while a special Senate election may not sound like a natural topic for a slow jam, somehow it worked. Christie said his decision to hold the election this October - criticized by Democrats and even some Republicans - wasn't "about playing politics. It's about doing the right thing."
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
June 13th, 2013
07:20 AM ET
1 year ago

Guardian's Greenwald blasts Rep. King's accusations in NSA case

(CNN) - The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, who worked with NSA leaker Edward Snowden on articles about the agency's secret surveillance programs, slammed U.S. Rep. Peter King after the New York Republican called for the columnist to face criminal charges.

"You can't just go on national television and call for the arrest and prosecution of a journalist and tell outright falsehoods when you're doing it, without consequences," Greenwald told CNN's AC360 on Wednesday night.

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Filed under: NSA • Peter King • TV-Anderson Cooper 360
CNN Washington AM Note
June 13th, 2013
05:00 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Washington AM Note

BREAKING OVERNIGHT:

CNN: Israel pushes ahead with settlement expansion

Israel said Thursday it will build 675 new settlement homes on the West Bank. The housing units are part of an old agreement and not a new plan, Prime minister spokesman Mark Regev has said. The expansion of Jewish settlements on the West Bank have been a lasting thorn in the side of Palestinians.

Reuters: UN documents 93,000 deaths in Syria, says real toll much higher

At least 93,000 people had been killed in Syria's conflict by the end of April this year, but the true number is "potentially much higher", the United Nations  human rights office said on Thursday. An average of more than 5,000 people have been killed every  month since last July, while Rural Damascus and Aleppo have  recorded the highest tolls since November, it said in its latest  study compiling documented deaths.

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Filed under: Washington AM Note
Regina Benjamin stepping down as surgeon general
June 13th, 2013
02:15 AM ET
1 year ago

Regina Benjamin stepping down as surgeon general

Washington (CNN) - U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin announced late Wednesday that she will step down next month after four years in the post.

Benjamin, a longtime advocate for a health care model centered on wellness and preventable treatment, announced her decision in an e-mail to staff, thanking them for supporting her vision.

"My goal was to create a grassroots movement, to change our health care system from one focused on sickness and disease to a system focused on wellness and prevention. With your help, that movement has begun," Benjamin wrote.

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Filed under: Surgeon General
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