New York (CNNMoney) - No more health benefits for spouses. Higher deductibles for employees. More cost-sharing.
Employers are citing increased costs imposed by the Affordable Care Act - as Obamacare is formally known - as part of the reason they are pulling back on benefits.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Obama echoed past statements in a Wednesday interview with PBS' "Newshour," telling the show's anchors that Republican opposition to his agenda isn't motivated by the color of his skin.
"It doesn't have to do with race in particular," Obama said. "It has to do with an effort to make sure people who might otherwise challenge the existing ways that things work are divided."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama told PBS on Wednesday that he has "not made a decision" about whether to conduct a limited military strike or a strike of limited duration in Syria.
U.S. officials have concluded the Syrian government carried out chemical weapons attacks, he said.
"We have looked at all the evidence, and we do not believe the opposition possessed nuclear weapons on - or chemical weapons of that sort. We do not believe that, given the delivery systems, using rockets, that the opposition could have carried out these attacks. We have concluded that the Syrian government in fact carried these out. And if that's so, then there need to be international consequences," he told PBS NewsHour.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - As part of its continued effort to solidify Affordable Care Act regulations before insurance exchanges open on October 1, the Department of Health and Human Services finalized a new rule on Wednesday clarifying how a number of issues will be handled in the new marketplaces.
"The overarching goal is to safeguard federal funds and to protect consumers by ensuring that issuers, marketplaces, and other entities comply with federal standards meant to ensure consumers have access to quality, affordable health insurance," the department said in a press release.
Washington (CNN) - Family members of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. were involved in a bus accident Wednesday after the high-profile ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, police said.
The bus and a car collided near Washington's Tidal Basin just off the National Mall where the ceremony was held, according to Park Police, who have jurisdiction over the Mall.
Washington (CNN) - Organizers of Wednesday's 50th anniversary March on Washington did not invite the nation's only African-American senator to speak at the civil rights commemoration, his office said, a sign of the complicated politics of racial equality.
Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina was appointed to the position in January, is currently the only black senator and is one of only eight African-Americans to ever serve in the U.S. Senate.
CNN's POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 28, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
LATEST ON SYRIA: A congressional source tells CNN’s Dana Bash the classified intelligence report on Syria went to key members of Congress Tuesday afternoon. A version of that report is expected to be made public this week. LINK
THE DREAM: President Barack Obama speaking on the National Mall on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington: “I'm convinced that same imagination, same hunger of purpose stirs in this generation.” LINK
We’re counting down to September 16th’s re-launch of CNN’s Crossfire by presenting classic moments from the program’s 23-year history. Stephanie Cutter has today’s Crossfire Classic from 1984, featuring activist & Communist party candidate for vice president Angela Davis.
Washington (CNN) - Haven't we heard this before?
With President Barack Obama examining how - not whether - the United States will respond to what it calls a major chemical weapons attack in Syria, some are warning of another potential open-ended war if America launches an expected military strike.FULL STORY