(CNN) - The man who was once tasked with defending the Obama White House and its biggest legislative achievement was not impressed Monday with how Obamacare’s online insurance exchanges have been implemented.
“This is excruciatingly embarrassing for the White House and for the Department of Health and Human Services,” former White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on MSNBC’s “NOW with Alex Wagner.”
Washington (CNN) - Two steps forward, one step back.
A surge of optimism on Monday for a possible compromise to end the partial government shutdown and avoid a U.S. default as soon as this week got jolted by the sudden postponement of a White House meeting between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders.
In a brief statement, the White House said the meeting announced earlier in the day was put on hold "to allow leaders in the Senate time to continue making important progress" toward a solution.
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Washington (CNN) - A veterans group behind a rally in Washington that protested the closure of national monuments and memorials issued a statement Monday distancing itself from the political undertones that took center stage at the demonstration.
“We feel disheartened that some would seek to hijack the narrative for political gain,” read a statement posted on the website and Facebook page for Sunday’s event, which was facilitated by Brats for Veterans Advocacy Group.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton weighed in Monday on the legislative impasse at the heart of the government shutdown, admonishing the “constant conflict” that has come to define American politics.
Speaking at a convention of the National Community Pharmacists Association in Orlando, Clinton said he liked the crowd because of the practicality of their profession.
Washington (CNN) - A new national poll indicates Americans are increasingly giving a thumbs down to how their elected leaders are dealing with the fiscal fights two weeks into a government shutdown and days before a deadline to raise the debt ceiling.
The survey released Monday from ABC News/Washington Post, is similar to two polls out last week in suggesting congressional Republicans are getting more of the blame than Democrats or President Barack Obama for the fiscal impasse.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 14, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT… A White House meeting was called, then cancelled, as negotiations heated up Monday, with the Democratic and Republican leaders signaling progress toward a positive result of ending the government shutdown and averting defaulting on our debt. – Tom Cohen and Matt Smith
WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS: “The White House is looking to the Senate to strike a bipartisan agreement,” a White House official told CNN’s Jim Acosta. “While the details remain to be worked out, the White House is pretty clear what they're aiming for... the longest term debt ceiling as we can get and enough time in the continuing resolution to negotiate a buy down of the sequester through the conferee process.”
WHAT SENATE DEMOCRATS WANT: A Democratic aide tells CNN's Dana Bash that Majority Leader Harry Reid's offer to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell includes funding the government until mid-December or later and raising the debt ceiling six to nine months. Two Democratic sources told CNN that income verification and a delay in fee on employees receiving health insurance under Obamacare are on the table.
Washington (CNN) - Two opposing Senate leaders with a tense history are emerging as the key players in the latest deal to end the shutdown and extend the debt ceiling.
With talks between House Republicans and the White House at a standstill, the negotiating spotlight's firmly on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
(CNNMoney) - Social Security recipients. Doctors who treat Medicare patients. Military pensioners. Companies with federal contracts. Government workers. Bond investors.
If Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling in time, anyone owed money by the federal government could eventually be left in the lurch.
Calvert County, Maryland (CNN) – Getting out of her car, the wife of a furloughed government worker walked toward a small building full of free food.
She approached the door with her head down. An attendant asked for her name, she looked up and began to sob.
"It's ok, it's not your fault," the volunteer said as she wrapped her arms around the crying woman.
(CNN) - A meeting between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders planned for Monday afternoon has been postponed, the White House announced, saying the delay would allow Senate leaders time to continue negotiating a compromise to end the partial government shutdown and avoid a U.S. default as soon as Thursday.
Senate leaders optimistic they will reach shutdown, debt deal