November 30th, 2013
03:41 PM ET
9 months ago

U.S. 'deeply concerned' about citizens held in North Korea, including Newman

(CNN) - The U.S. government is "deeply concerned" about two American citizens detained in North Korea, including 85-year-old Merrill Newman, a National Security Council spokeswoman said.

"Given Mr. Newman's advanced age and health conditions, we urge (North Korea) to release Mr. Newman so he may return home and reunite with his family," said Caitlin Hayden, the NSC spokeswoman.

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Obama does some 'Small Business Saturday' shopping
November 30th, 2013
02:25 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama does some 'Small Business Saturday' shopping

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama continued what's become an annual post-Thanksgiving tradition by stopping at a bookstore for Small Business Saturday.

With his two daughters alongside, the President went to Politics and Prose in Washington to pick up a few books, telling reporters he bought a "long list" of titles for every age group, including his own. (Read the full list below)
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Deadline Day: Obama administration 'on track' for website goal, agency says
November 30th, 2013
11:30 AM ET
9 months ago

Deadline Day: Obama administration 'on track' for website goal, agency says

Washington (CNN) - A moment of truth has arrived for President Barack Obama's signature health care reforms with Saturday's self-imposed deadline to get the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov website to work properly for most users.

With tech experts making upgrades and fixes during the overnight hours this weekend, an official with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Saturday the administration is "on track to meet [its] stated goal for the site to work for the vast majority of users"- a promise Obama and other officials have been making for weeks.

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Obamacare fix: upgrades, 24/7 trouble-shooting, and old pizza
November 30th, 2013
08:17 AM ET
9 months ago

Obamacare fix: upgrades, 24/7 trouble-shooting, and old pizza

(CNN) - Saturday marks the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline to fix the troubled HealthCare.gov website, for most people at least.

It caps a frenzied, two-month race by computer programmers and contractors sprinkled throughout the D.C. suburbs on both sides of the beltway in Maryland and Virginia.

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November 30th, 2013
08:12 AM ET
9 months ago

5 things to look for now in Obamacare site fix

 (CNN) – The Obama administration has said it has been frantically working to fix big technical problems with the HealthCare.gov site following its disastrous launch in October.

There have been hardware upgrades and other changes, and officials hope to have the site up and running smoothly for most people by Saturday.

But then the administration also says the weekend deadline is not a panacea, that problems could still occur. What, then, should consumers expect?

Here are five things to know about HealthCare.gov this weekend.

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Obama: People do think I'm trustworthy
November 29th, 2013
11:09 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama: People do think I'm trustworthy

(CNN) - The hits to President Obama's popularity, prompted by the botched HealthCare.gov rollout, are simply a natural fluctuation every commander-in-chief faces, Obama told interviewer Barbara Walters in an interview aired Friday.

"If you remember, I've gone up and down pretty consistently throughout," Obama said in the ABC interview on Friday. "But the good thing about when you're down is that usually you've got nowhere to go but up."
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Obamacare site going down for maintenance ahead of deadline
November 29th, 2013
07:22 PM ET
9 months ago

Obamacare site going down for maintenance ahead of deadline

(CNN) – HealthCare.gov, the problem-plagued federal online site for signing up for insurance under Obamacare, will go down for extended maintenance on Friday night and overnight ahead of Saturday's deadline to have it working for most people, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said.

The work is set to last from 9 p.m. ET Friday until 8 a.m. ET Saturday.

It's not the first time the website has gone down; the administration has frequently done regular weekend maintenance, usually on Sunday mornings.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for November 29, 2013
November 29th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
9 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for November 29, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 29, 2013| 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

NEW CNN/ORC POLL: ON BLACK FRIDAY, A PESSIMISTIC VIEW OF THE ECONOMY … Americans view on the state of the economy is turning increasingly sour, according to a new CNN/ORC International Poll. The survey indicates that less than a quarter of the public says that economic conditions are improving, while nearly four in ten say the nation's economy is getting worse.

CLEAR GOP FRONTRUNNER: CHRISTIE LEADS POSSIBLE 2016 GOP CONTENDERS IN NEW CNN/ORC POLL … A new CNN/ORC International Poll indicates that for the first time there may be an early frontrunner in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination: Chris Christie. And according to the survey, if Hillary Clinton decides against making another bid for the White House, Vice President Joe Biden would be the initial favorite to capture the Democratic nomination. – Paul Steinhauser

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November 29th, 2013
12:34 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama visits protesters fasting in support of immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - President Obama paid a visit Friday to a group of activists who have been fasting for weeks in the hopes of pressuring Congress to pass new immigration laws.

The President and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, visited the group on the National Mall to lend support for the cause. The "Fast for Families" protesters have given up all sustenance except water during their protest, which they hope will force lawmakers to take up immigration reform measures pending on Capitol Hill.
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Michelle Obama welcomes the White House Christmas tree
November 29th, 2013
12:00 PM ET
9 months ago

Michelle Obama welcomes the White House Christmas tree

(CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama, along with daughters Sasha and Malia and dogs Bo and Sunny, welcomed the official White House Christmas tree Friday.

The 18.5-foot-tall Douglas fir will go in the White House Blue Room. Chris Botek, the third-generation Christmas tree grower from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, and his family, were at the White House when the tree from his farm arrived. Last year's tree was from a farm in North Carolina.
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