Washington (CNN) – Tea party firebrand Rep. Michele Bachmann was unabashed in her criticism of Obamacare and the president it’s named for Thursday night, comparing President Barack Obama with a British tyrant.
“He’s used to being George III,” the Minnesota Republican said of what she described as the president’s refusal to negotiate with Congressional Republicans over the continuing resolution to fund the government.
(CNN) - Is Uncle Sam board certified? That's what a series of new online ads wonder as they encourage millennials to "opt out" of Obamacare.
Described by their libertarian creators as intentionally creepy, the ads by Generation Opportunity feature young people going for doctor appointments, only to have Uncle Sam pop up, ready to look them over.
Washington (CNN) - The political struggle over defunding Obamacare in the Senate may turn out to be not much of fight at all.
The House is scheduled on Friday to vote on the proposal that will be attached to a must-pass spending bill to fund the government.
Washington (CNNMoney) - House Republicans on Thursday passed a controversial bill that would drop 3.8 million people from food stamp rolls next year by making it tougher for some families to qualify.
The bill would cut $40 billion from food stamps over the next decade, which would force about 14 million people from the program by 2023, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Updated 9/19/2013 at 8:03pm
Washington (CNN) – Rep. Peter King continued his vocal opposition to a plan by fellow Republicans to defund Obamacare by tying it to legislation to keep the government funded.
"Whether it’s Custer, whether it’s kamikaze, or whether it’s Gallipoli or whatever, we are going to lose this," the New York Republican said on CNN's "Situation Room." Gallipoli was a failed allied campaign during World War I.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 19, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
‘THIS ISN’T COMPLICATED’: The U.N. report confirming chemical weapons use in Syria on August 21 has “crucial details” that show the “regime of Bashar al-Assad is guilty of carrying out that attack, even though that was not the mandate (of) the U.N. report,” Secretary of State John Kerry said today. “This isn't complicated,” Kerry said.
‘WE WILL NOT REPEAL OR DEFUND OBAMACARE’: “In the United States Senate, we will not repeal or defund Obamacare. We will not,” said Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona on “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” “And to think we can is not rational.” McCain’s statement distances the senator from calls in the House of Representatives to pass a government spending bill that doesn’t include Obamacare.
Washington (CNN) - There hasn't been a government shutdown in more than 17 years, since the 28 days of budget stalemate in the Clinton administration that cost more than $1 billion.
Now we hear dire warnings and sharpening rhetoric that another shutdown is possible and perhaps likely in less than two weeks when the current fiscal year ends.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama will join former President Bill Clinton for a public conversation on health care next week, the White House announced Thursday.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters during the Obama administration's daily briefing that the president and former president "will engage in a conversation about the benefits and future of healthcare reform in America and access to quality healthcare around the globe," Carney said. The conversation will take place during next Tuesday's meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.
Washington (CNN) - It's a typical love story. Man loves his party. Party follows man. Man makes misstep. Man tries to make up for his indiscretion.
In this case, the man is freshman Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a crusader of the defund-Obamacare movement. His misstep put at risk the political future of many in his party. After House Republicans jumped on his bandwagon to risk government shutdown in exchange for defunding the health care law, he indicated on Wednesday that their risky transaction might be useless.
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will travel to Colorado on Monday to assess the state's severe flood damage, the White House announced Thursday.
Rainfall descended on Colorado last week in what some have called "biblical" proportions, causing six deaths and an estimated $2 billion in damage.
About 200 people remain unaccounted for, though most of those are believed to be alive and well.
Read more: Record rain, steep canyons fueled Colorado floods