Employers play Obamacare blame game
August 29th, 2013
07:02 AM ET
8 months ago

Employers play Obamacare blame game

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.

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Filed under: Health care
Obama: I'm not opposed because of race
August 28th, 2013
08:26 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama: I'm not opposed because of race

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."
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Filed under: Colin Powell • Nancy Pelosi • Political • Politics • President Clinton • President Obama
August 28th, 2013
08:23 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama: No decision yet on Syria strike

(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.

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Filed under: President Obama • Syria
HHS finalizes more Obamacare policies
President Barack Obama signed the health reform overhaul in 2010.
August 28th, 2013
08:08 PM ET
8 months ago

HHS finalizes more Obamacare policies

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.
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Filed under: Health care • HHS • Kathleen Sebelius
Members of King family involved in bus accident
Several members of the King family were aboard the bus and had laid a wreath at the memorial to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. shortly before the accident.
August 28th, 2013
07:34 PM ET
8 months ago

Members of King family involved in bus accident

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.
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Filed under: Washington D.C.
African-American senator not invited to speak at civil rights anniversary
August 28th, 2013
07:30 PM ET
8 months ago

African-American senator not invited to speak at civil rights anniversary

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.
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Filed under: Martin Luther King • Tim Scott
August 28th, 2013
06:04 PM ET
8 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for August 28, 2013

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
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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
August 28th, 2013
04:29 PM ET
8 months ago

Crossfire Classic: Communist candidate in 1984

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.


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de Blasio races to top of NY mayoral poll
The candidates. From left to right, Weiner, Albanese, Liu, Quinn, Thompson, Salgado and de Blasio at the August 21 primary debate.
August 28th, 2013
04:17 PM ET
8 months ago

de Blasio races to top of NY mayoral poll

(CNN) - Remember when Anthony Weiner led the pack for the Democratic New York mayoral nod?

That was July.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Bill de Blasio • Christine Quinn • Mayoral races • New York
Warnings of a Syrian quagmire as U.S. contemplates military strike
August 28th, 2013
12:39 PM ET
8 months ago

Warnings of a Syrian quagmire as U.S. contemplates military strike

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.

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Filed under: President Obama • Syria
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