Boston (CNN) - What do folks in Massachusetts think of the state's mandatory medical care law, and more importantly what do they think of President Barack Obama using it as an example of what Obamacare will eventually look like?
Well, just like any political story, it depends on whom you ask.
Washington (CNN) - House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is ruling out any budget deal that does not include new tax revenues.
She was responding to a report on Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal that said President Barack Obama has signaled he wouldn’t insist on that condition.
Washington (CNN) - Congressional leaders and Secretary of State John Kerry helped dedicate a bust Wednesday of the late British statesman Sir Winston Churchill at Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.
British dignitaries at the event included Roger Daltrey of "The Who," and Churchill's grandson, Nicholas Soames, who's a member of the British Parliament.
In remarks during a ceremony in the large, ornate hall, Kerry noted two of Churchill's great-grandfathers fought in the American Revolution – both for George Washington's Army.
"One in the Berkshire County Militia, and the other as part of the 4th Massachusetts Regiment," said Kerry, who represented Massachusetts in the Senate for nearly three decades before becoming Secretary of State earlier this year.
Churchill is credited with leading the Allies to victory in World War Two when he was British Prime Minister. He also coined the phrase "special relationship" to describe ties with America.
His mother was an American who married an Englishman.
The bust of Churchill, in dark bronze atop white marble, was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in time for the 70th Anniversary of Churchill's speechmaking that helped prepare for war.
Wednesday's ceremony focused on statesmanship and diplomacy. One of songs performed by Daltrey was "Stand by Me."
Kerry said honoring Churchill in Statuary Hall "will remind us of the bridges that we must build to span the gaps so that the work of democracy can continue."
(CNN) - White House officials have pressured insurance industry executives to keep quiet amid mounting criticism over Obamacare's rollout, insurance industry sources told CNN.
After insurance officials publicly criticized the implementation, White House staffers contacted insurers to express their displeasure, industry insiders said.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - She had been in the congressional hot seat for two and a half hours. And many Republicans had been waiting just as long to ask her questions.
When Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Mississippi, got his chance, he pounded away at Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hard enough to elicit a rare, audible sign of frustration from her.
Updated 10/30/2013 at 3:45 p.m.
Washington (CNN) - During Wednesday's congressional grilling of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, demanded to know why Sebelius wasn't on the Obamacare exchanges.
Sebelius pointed out that she couldn’t get Obamacare because she has employer-sponsored insurance and the law does not allow her to.
(CNN) - Hours before President Barack Obama's event on Wednesday in Boston promoting his health care law, his Republican challenger from last year's election criticized Obamacare.
White House officials say the President, appearing in the backyard of Mitt Romney, will say in a speech that the Affordable Care Act is based largely on the health care law that the 2012 GOP presidential nominee implemented as governor of Massachusetts last decade.
(CNNMoney) - Rand Paul is threatening to try to block the full Senate from considering President Obama's nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve.
The Kentucky Republican said in a statement that he intends to put a hold on the nomination unless his legislation to have audits of the Fed is brought to a vote as well.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - They want her fired and the health care reforms she champions dismantled, Wednesday Republicans got their chance to question Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over the rocky rollout of the Obamacare website, as she testified before a House Energy and Commerce Committee.
12:36 p.m. ET: The hearing ends
Hearing length: 3 hours 33 minutes.
Members of Congress who asked questions: 51.
When Sebelius apologized for the HealthCare.gov problems: a few minutes into the hearing, during her opening statement.
Number of members who referenced the Wizard of Oz: Three. (Sebelius is from Kansas.)
Most frequent topics:
– – The President’s past assertion that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” and news that after 2010 some plans have been cancelled.
– – Whether the individual mandate should be delayed given the website problems and the delay in the employer mandate.
– – Who is to blame for: a) the lack of adequate testing (Answer: no one specific was named), b) the decision to make individuals register before they could browse plans (Answer: Michelle Snyder of CMS) c) the decision to launch the website when it wasn’t ready (Answer: Sebelius said she told the president the site was ready, based on staff guidance. She stressed that no one predicted the avalanche of problems that happened)
Washington (CNN) - Is Democrat Terry McAuliffe opening up a double-digit lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the much-watched battle for Virginia governor? Or with six days to go until Election Day, is the race closer than ever?
Four new public opinion polls have very different answers.