Washington (CNN) – U.S. Capitol Police are investigating threats made Friday on Twitter against Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who gained national notoriety following his high-profile stand pushing Republicans to only allow the federal government to be funded if Obamacare was not. When the Senate refused to go along, the 16 day government shutdown resulted – and Ted Cruz became the de-facto face of it.
The posts came from a man who identifies himself as a military veteran and included, “Ted Cruz needs to be taken out,” and, “Take down Ted Cruz, at his home.”
Washington (CNN) - After weeks of partisan rankling in Washington, there was a rare, albeit somber, moment of bipartisan agreement Friday as many in Washington paid tribute to Rep. Bill Young, the longest serving House Republican.
Young died Friday night after 43 years in the House of Representatives. He was 82 years old.
Washington (CNN) – As the Obama administration continues to fix a problematic enrollment process, it appears it might end up delaying the launch of the Spanish-language online enrollment component on CuidadoDeSalud.gov, the Spanish version of the English website Healthcare.gov.
In September, officials told CNN the Spanish-language tool would launch the week of October 21. That would be part of a week of action highlighting the end of Hispanic Heritage Month. Now, when asked whether that launch was still on schedule, Health and Human Services and White House officials declined to provide a specific launch date. Still, officials emphasized that even without the online tool there are numerous ways for Spanish-speaking consumers to purchase health insurance, including a Spanish-language hotline and in-person assisters.
(CNN) - Rep. Bill Young of Florida, the longest-serving Republican member of the House, died Friday evening, his chief of staff said.
Harry Glenn said that C.W. Bill Young was surrounded by family when he died at 6:50 p.m. at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
CNN's John King at the magic wall examines whether or not the shutdown could shake up the majority control in the House.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Randy Neugebauer, a Texas Republican who berated a U.S. Park Service ranger at the then-barricaded World War II Memorial during the partial government shutdown, sent a letter of apology to the director of the National Park Service.
Neugebauer's office said he reached out soon after the October 2 incident to get the ranger's contact information to apologize in person, but they did not hear back from the Park Service until this week due to the shutdown.
Washington (CNN) - An official with the Health and Human Services Department said Friday that Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not available to attend a congressional hearing next week on the Obamacare website glitches.
"Given that the government was shut down until today, we were given a very short timeline to respond to this request," the official added.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 18, 2013 | 5 p.m. – n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: The New Jersey Supreme Court has denied the state’s motion for a stay in the same sex-marriage case and as a result, same-sex couples can get married as soon as Monday in New Jersey. New Jersey is now the 14th state to allow legal same-sex marriage.
MOVEOVER SHUTDOWN, HELLO HEARINGS: THE FIGHT OVER OBAMACARE TURNS TO WEBSITE WOES… One venue that Republicans are turning to for leverage, starting next week: Congressional oversight hearings, beginning with some tough questions about why the rollout of the website for enrolling in health care exchanges is having so many problems. “The American people deserve to know what caused this mess,"” said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. – Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd
THE PROVERBIAL CAN: NEXT DEFAULT RISK COULD COME AS EARLY AS MARCH… The budget deal brokered by Congress this week allows Treasury to keep borrowing until February 7 to pay the country's obligations, and by doing so, avert default. After that point, Treasury will be able to use special accounting maneuvers, called "extraordinary measures," to keep paying bills without going over the debt limit. – Jeanne Sahadi
Updated 5:38 p.m. ET, 10/18/2013
Washington (CNN) - After being closed for eight months, the White House tours will start back up again on a limited schedule.
Visitors can start touring the East Wing and Executive Residence starting November 5th, the White House announced Friday.
Washington (CNN) - In a large conference-style room in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, Republican members of the House, exhausted from more than two weeks of battling on the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis, met for one last time.
They met in a room that had often been filled with contentious debate, snickering rebels, quiet observers and frustrated moderators. But on the night the House voted to reopen the government, the mood was different.