(CNN) - The Health and Human Services Department responded Friday to the House Oversight Committee’s threat of a subpoena, saying the department is working to provide the information requested by Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, on the technical problems with the Obamacare website.
“We have told the Committee repeatedly that we intend to accommodate their interest in better understanding our efforts to implement the ACA,” HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters said in a statement. “The Committee sent us an extremely broad request for documents on October 10 - while the government was still shut down - and asked that we produce these materials within two weeks.”
(CNN) - Ahead of his appearance in Iowa this weekend - his third stop in the Hawkeye State this year – Sen. Ted Cruz gave a local paper some insight into the less political facets of his life, including his dream job and even his distaste for avocados.
Cruz headlines the Iowa GOP Ronald Reagan dinner in Des Moines Friday night, then goes hunting Saturday as Rep. Steve King's guest for the congressman's annual Col. Bud Day Pheasant Hunt.
(CNN) - The Obamacare website, plagued by major problems since its rollout at the start of the month, should be functioning smoothly by the end of November, according to the official now in charge of fixing it.
Jeffrey Zients told reporters on Friday that an outside contractor will handle the task of resolving technical problems that have become a serious political flashpoint for the Obama administration.
"Healthcare.gov is fixable," Zients said on a conference call.
(CNN) – A Democratic effort to extend open enrollment for health care insurance beyond March 31 has picked up steam.
The effort, led by New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen, has now been joined by nine other Senators, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein from California, Kay Hagan from North Carolina and Mark Udall from Colorado.
Citing ongoing problems with the federal health care website, the group sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting she extend the enrollment.
Updated 10/25/2013 at 6:43 pm
(CNN) - The GOP precinct chair of Buncombe County in North Carolina resigned Thursday after the state's Republican Party called for his resignation over a racially-charged interview on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."
In the interview, Don Yelton made racially charged remarks and said North Carolina's new voter ID laws will "kick the Democrats in the butt."
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida talks Obamacare and immigration.
(CNN) – The Republican establishment can't stand her. The media mocks her. But Sarah Palin isn't going anywhere.
Far from it.
After laying low for much of this year, Palin is gingerly stepping back into the public arena with a national book tour, a trip to the always-important political state of Iowa, and an eye on making yet another series of splashy endorsements in a variety of competitive Republican primaries.FULL STORY
(CNN) – My, how the tables have turned. Former National Security Agency director Michael Hayden had a mole of his own on the Acela train Thursday afternoon.
Nearby passenger Tom Matzzie, a well-known progressive activist, eavesdropped on a phone conversation between Hayden and an unknown journalist, and live-tweeted what he heard. At least he wasn't on the quiet car...
On Acela: former NSA spy boss Michael Hayden just ended last of handful of interviews bashing admin.—
Tom Matzzie (@tommatzzie) October 24, 2013