The backstory on the veterans rally in Washington
October 15th, 2013
05:24 PM ET
11 months ago

The backstory on the veterans rally in Washington

Washington (CNN) – Two groups were largely responsible for a hastily-arranged veterans rally Sunday on the National Mall, and one of them now accuses the other of "hijacking" the idea for the event and turning it into a political spectacle that grabbed the national spotlight.

Crowds of veterans and conservative activists overcame barriers at the World War II Memorial, where high-profile politicians used strong anti-Obama language and blasted the administration for closing national monuments and memorials during the partial government shutdown.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Veterans
October 15th, 2013
04:28 PM ET
1 year ago

GOP Rep.: Shutdown bill vote tonight

Updated 10/15/2013 at 5:28pm

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, says a House bill funding the federal government and raising the debt limit with minor changes to the national health care law is imminent.

Nunes told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash Tuesday afternoon that a bill will be seen "within an hour or two," with a vote sometime Tuesday night. The measure, Nunes said, will be very similar to the one House Speaker John Boehner unveiled to the House GOP caucus earlier in the day.
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Unemployment claims increase as shutdown continues
October 15th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Unemployment claims increase as shutdown continues

Washington (CNN) - The number of furloughed federal government workers applying for unemployment assistance is continuing to rise as the partial government shutdown continues into its third week.

States with large numbers of federal employees are seeing a flood of such applications, and may see more if an agreement is not reached soon to reopen the government.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Maryland • unemployment • Virginia • Washington D.C.
October 15th, 2013
03:20 PM ET
1 year ago

How many have signed up for health care? Well, it depends

Washington (CNN) - The glitch-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law has been dogged by one big question: How many people have enrolled in an insurance plan?

The White House refuses to release the numbers, leading many to assume they are embarrassingly low. But insurance industry insiders point to another reason: Nobody knows if the numbers they do have are even accurate.

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Filed under: Health care • White House
Gingrich weighs in on Boehner, midterms and the 'Kardashian culture'
October 15th, 2013
02:59 PM ET
1 year ago

Gingrich weighs in on Boehner, midterms and the 'Kardashian culture'

Washington (CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday if House conservatives don't get their way in the congressional standoff over the budget and debt, they'll be more revved up to fight harder in the coming years, not fade away.

The 2012 GOP presidential candidate and co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" also predicted Obamacare will become the biggest political issue in next year's midterms, as well as the next presidential election.
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Filed under: Congress • Government Shutdown • Newt Gingrich
October 15th, 2013
01:41 PM ET
1 year ago

Ex-San Diego mayor pleads guilty to all three charges

(CNN) - Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony false imprisonment and two misdemeanor battery charges for his behavior against three women.

Filner entered the pleas as a part of an agreement with prosecutors. The felony charge accuses Filner of "false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace and deceit."

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Filed under: Bob Filner
White House garden overgrown during shutdown
October 15th, 2013
01:32 PM ET
1 year ago

White House garden overgrown during shutdown

Washington (CNN) - The partial government shutdown has left the White House garden overrun with weeds, with fewer gardeners to maintain first lady Michelle Obama's pride.

Regular maintenance has stopped on the garden and only periodic watering is being done, a White House official confirmed to CNN. That's consistent with landscaping being performed on all National Park Service areas crippled by the shutdown throughout the country.
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Shutdown shuts down 'do not call' registry
October 15th, 2013
12:37 PM ET
1 year ago

Shutdown shuts down 'do not call' registry

Washington (CNN) – Victims of identity theft or those hoping to sign up for the "National Do Not Call Registry" are getting a cold shoulder thanks to the partial federal government shutdown.

The Federal Trade Commissions website is down, meaning that identity theft victims looking for advice on what steps to take won't be able to obtain the information. It also means consumers trying to limit the number of telemarketing calls they receive by signing onto the national registry are also out of luck.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown
Justices to review greenhouse gas regulation
October 15th, 2013
11:48 AM ET
1 year ago

Justices to review greenhouse gas regulation

Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court will take another look at government regulation of air pollution in a high-stakes environmental and economic fight pitting the Obama administration against a coalition of states and utilities.

The justices announced Tuesday they had accepted six separate appeals for review, which will be consolidated into an hour of oral arguments scheduled for early next year. A ruling is expected by June.

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Filed under: Environmental policy • EPA • Supreme Court
House Republicans to offer plan
October 15th, 2013
10:10 AM ET
1 year ago

House Republicans to offer plan

(CNN) - House Republicans will offer their own plan on Tuesday to temporarily reopen the government and raise the federal debt ceiling while also making changes to Obamacare, GOP sources told CNN's Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh.


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Government Shutdown
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