(CNN) - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the Obama administration may be teaming up with the National Football League to educate Americans about Obamacare, CNN confirmed.
Sebelius said Monday the league and a "variety of sports affiliates" have been "very actively and enthusiastically engaged" with the administration in discussions about how to promote the health care insurance plans, which Americans can start signing up for in October.
(CNN) – The U.S. Senate on Monday signaled strong support in a test vote for a bipartisan proposal to strengthen border security, giving a boost to prospects for passage of sweeping immigration reform legislation.
Supporters of the border measure, which also covers major elements of the larger immigration bill, garnered more than enough backing in the procedural tally, 67 to 27, to move forward. Some senators did not vote due to travel delays.FULL STORY
CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 24, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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CAT-AND-MOUSE: WHERE IS HE? NSA leaker Edward Snowden – whose passport has been revoked by U.S. authorities – left Hong Kong Sunday on a "refugee document of passage" issued by Ecuador, according to Julian Assange, founder of the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, which is aiding Snowden in his efforts to find a safe haven. Russian officials confirmed that he had flown to Moscow, where he spent the night at Sheremetyevo International Airport, according to media reports. It was unclear where he was Monday, but White House spokesman Jay Carney said U.S. officials presume he remains in Russia. – Jethro Mullen and Michael Pearson
DAMAGE TO U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS: “We are just not buying that this was a technical decision by a Hong Kong immigration official,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at Monday’s press briefing. “This was a deliberate choice by the government to release a fugitive despite a valid arrest warrant and that decision unquestionably has a negative impact on the U.S.-China relationship.”
Washington (CNN) - The Internal Revenue Service targeted liberal groups as well as conservatives seeking tax-exempt status, a Democratic congressman charged on Monday after the agency acknowledged the inappropriate practice continued until last month.
Rep. Sander Levin said the term "progressives" was included on IRS screening lists of applicants for tax-exempt status made available to Congress on Monday.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is getting into the movie business.
The staunch conservative, who also served as a senator from Pennsylvania, was named the chief executive of EchoLight Studios, his political action group said Monday. The company is "the first vertically integrated faith-based movie studio to offer production financing, marketing and distribution across all releasing platforms," the release said.
Washington (CNN) - The Internal Revenue Service used multiple lists of inappropriate criteria in reviewing applications for tax-exempt status, the temporary head of the tax agency said Monday in his first report on the targeting of conservative groups.
IRS Principal Deputy Commissioner Daniel Werfel provided no details of what other inappropriate criteria were on the lists, but said "there was a wide-ranging set of categories and cases that spanned a broad spectrum."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - If all goes according to plan for President Barack Obama, his two-term presidency may end up being a case of "second verse, same as the first."
He won re-election last year by touting a first-term recovery from economic recession, as well as a major domestic achievement in health care reform and a major foreign policy triumph in taking out Osama bin Laden.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Members of the Senate are set to hold a highly anticipated vote late Monday on a bipartisan measure designed to strengthen border security in the comprehensive immigration reform bill.
The measure includes language echoing most other parts of the legislation as well, thereby making it a critical test vote on the entire plan that is backed by the Obama administration.FULL STORY
(CNN) – The United States has been waging a multi-country diplomatic effort to ensure Edward Snowden is returned to American authorities to face espionage charges, Secretary of State John Kerry asserted in an interview with CNN Monday.
Snowden, who admittedly leaked top secret information about government surveillance programs, left Hong Kong on Sunday and has thus far avoided U.S. extradition efforts. The United States has revoked his passport and encouraged countries to deny him asylum.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Barbara Buono might be the loneliest Democrat of 2013.
The New Jersey state senator is taking on Chris Christie in the New Jersey's governor's race. It's a long shot effort: Christie, one of the most famous politicians in the country, is leading Buono by 30 points in one recent poll, and he's hoping to use a landslide in November as a possible springboard for a 2016 presidential bid.