Obama's support slips; controversies, sluggish economy cited
September 26th, 2013
04:06 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama's support slips; controversies, sluggish economy cited

Washington (CNN) – As he battles with congressional Republicans over the budget and the debt ceiling, and as a key component of his health care law kicks in, new polling suggests that President Barack Obama's standing among Americans continues to deteriorate

The president's approval rating stands at 45%, according to a CNN average of four national polls conducted over the past week and a half. And a CNN Poll of Polls compiled and released Thursday also indicates that Obama's disapproval rating at 49%.

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Filed under: Polls • President Obama
WH: You can't delay the individual mandate
September 26th, 2013
03:36 PM ET
10 months ago

WH: You can't delay the individual mandate

Washington (CNN) – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was dismissive Thursday of comments by Sen. Joe Manchin endorsing a one-year delay of the new health care law's individual mandate.

"The fact is you have to make the system work," Carney told reporters during the White House press briefing, arguing that one of the most popular aspects of the Affordable Care Act, the protection of those with preexisting conditions, cannot work without the individual mandate.
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Filed under: Health care • Jay Carney • Joe Manchin
September 26th, 2013
03:02 PM ET
10 months ago

Carney to reporter: Let's go on 'Crossfire'

(CNN) – White House spokesman Jay Carney seems to have a new favorite strategy for ending heated exchanges with reporters in the press briefing room.

For the second time this month, Carney on Thursday challenged a reporter to a debate on CNN's "Crossfire."
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Filed under: Crossfire • Jay Carney
Companies shed more light on their political donations
September 26th, 2013
01:28 PM ET
10 months ago

Companies shed more light on their political donations

New York (CNNMoney) - Here's one of corporate America's worst-kept secrets: Companies are propping up politicians' campaigns with huge stacks of cash.

But a new study shows that more publicly-traded firms are being more upfront than ever about who they're backing and how much they're paying.

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Filed under: Campaign finance
Hillary Clinton on link between elephants, terrorism
September 26th, 2013
01:24 PM ET
10 months ago

Hillary Clinton on link between elephants, terrorism

New York (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke starkly Thursday about ivory poaching in Africa, warning the practice funds terrorism in one of the world's tumultuous regions and could push the elephant species to extinction.

"There is growing evidence that the terrorist groups stalking Africa, including Al-Shabaab with its horrific attack on the mall in Nairobi, fund their terrorist activities to a great extent from ivory trafficking," Clinton told attendees at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton
Fact Check: You can keep your own doctor
September 26th, 2013
12:08 PM ET
10 months ago

Fact Check: You can keep your own doctor

ASSERTION:
You can keep your own doctor.
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Filed under: Fact Check Obamacare
Boehner signals GOP focus now on debt ceiling
September 26th, 2013
12:00 PM ET
10 months ago

Boehner signals GOP focus now on debt ceiling

Washington (CNN) - Another day, another onslaught of political maneuvering and rhetoric in Washington as Congress faces the possibility of a partial government shutdown next week.

The Democratic-led Senate is considering a spending plan sent over by the Republican-led House that makes continued government funding contingent on eliminating all money for Obamacare.

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Filed under: Debt • John Boehner
September 26th, 2013
08:23 AM ET
10 months ago

WH: Obama to 'cut through all the noise' on Obamacare

Updated 9/26/2013 at 11:10am

Washington (CNN) - Five days before new on-line government-run private insurance marketplaces open for business across the country, White House officials from the top down are revving up efforts to spread the word about the next milestone in the implementation of health care reform.

During a campaign-style event Thursday at a Maryland community college right outside the nation's capital, President Obama attempted to dispel what the White House sees as some of the myths surrounding health care reform.
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Filed under: Health care • President Obama
Are employers dumping health benefits because of Obamacare?
September 26th, 2013
08:00 AM ET
10 months ago

Are employers dumping health benefits because of Obamacare?

New York (CNNMoney) - There are many assumptions about what the effects of Obamacare will be. This series aims to separate myths from realities and answer questions surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

Myth: Employers are dumping health benefits because of Obamacare.

Reality: It's true that Obamacare is raising costs on employers. And some are either passing those increased tabs to workers or are cutting back on benefits to keep costs under control.

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Filed under: Fact Check Obamacare • Health care
Booker shrugs off Twitter exchange with exotic dancer
September 26th, 2013
02:06 AM ET
10 months ago

Booker shrugs off Twitter exchange with exotic dancer

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker is known for engaging in casual banter on Twitter with people from all walks of life, and one of those private exchanges with an exotic dancer was made public Wednesday.

And a Booker spokesman said the mayor doesn't regret it.

"It is obviously pretty innocuous and quite frankly there is nothing there," Booker spokesman Kevin Griffis said about the mayor's interaction with the stripper, Lynsie Lee.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Cory Booker
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