Updated 7/18/2013 at 2:35pm
Washington (CNN) –Surrounded by middle-class Americans, President Barack Obama touted the successes of his signature health care law on Thursday and the ways consumers are seeing tangible benefits.
“Because of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies have to spend at least 80% of every dollar that you pay in premiums on your health care; not on overhead, not on profits, but on you,” the president said during an event Thursday in the White House East Room.
Updated at 2:18 p.m. ET on 7/18
Washington (CNN) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted mostly along party lines to confirm Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary.
The 54-46 vote came after an agreement earlier this week that ended a GOP filibuster of his nomination.
Updated at 12:29 p.m. ET on 7/18
Austin, Texas (CNN) - Amid heightened security, beaming supporters, and chants of ‘shame’ from dozens of black clad abortion-rights activists, Gov. Rick Perry signed Texas’ controversial Fetal Pain bill into a law Thursday.
“In signing House Bill 2, we celebrate further the cementing of the culture of life which Texas is built upon…children do deserve the respect of simple recognition before their lives are cut tragically short,” Perry said.
(CNN) - Who's ahead in the race for New York City mayor?
The answer depends on which poll you're reading.
Updated at 11:58 a.m. ET on 7/18
(CNN) – Let it never be said that political groups don't know their popular culture.
Karl Rove-backed Crossroads GPS has a new online attack video criticizing Obamacare in a howling, chomping mass of fury and destruction that shall forever terrify the shark/tornado/health care-phobics of the world.
Updated at 2:06 p.m. ET, 7/19
(CNN) – "Overwhelming, crazy, stressful."
That's how Victoria Brink describes her life the last few months. She's the woman who had a Twitter conversation with Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee during this year's State of the Union speech.
Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans support key components of the bipartisan immigration bill that passed the Senate and want to House to act, according to two new national polls.
Nearly six in ten questioned in a United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection survey released Thursday say they would like to see the House pass the Senate's legislation, or pass a version that includes tougher border control measures.
(CNN) – The Oval Office is still in Vice President Joe Biden's sight – though if he never makes it to the top job it won't be the end of the world.
"I can die a happy man never having been president of the United States of America. But it doesn't mean I won't run," Biden said in an interview with GQ magazine that was published online Thursday.
(CNN) – A new poll indicates half of voters in Virginia support same-sex marriage, which was banned in the commonwealth by constitutional amendment in 2006.
Results from a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday showed exactly 50% of registered voters in the commonwealth saying they support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. Forty-three percent oppose such marriages.
(CNN) - As the political battles over Obamacare intensify this week, a political advocacy group supportive of the law is going on the air to help build support for it by highlighting some of the benefits.
The spot from Americans United for Change, "Hands Off Obamacare," will start running as early as Thursday on national cable and will continue through next week.
The commercial highlights news announced by New York state that individuals buying their own individual health care policies will see their premiums go down, thanks to the new law as well some of its other benefits.