Updated 11/9/2013 at 1:04pm ET
(CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz is no longer limiting his speaking engagements to friendly GOP events and marathon talks on the Senate floor, appearing for the first time Friday on late-night television.
The Texas Republican was on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" to talk about his growing reputation as a tea party firebrand and his stances on issues such as Obamacare and same-sex marriage.
(CNN) – House Oversight Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa has issued another subpoena in the GOP’s assault on the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, this time summoning the chief White House technology officer to testify.
The White House has resisted congressional Republicans’ efforts to speak to Todd Park, chief technology officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, saying that he’s too busy trying to fix the online exchanges. The resistance has infuriated Republicans, finally resulting in Issa’s subpoena, which calls on Park to testify on Wednesday.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 8, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
CNN BELIEF: THE “COVERAGE GAP” IN THE BIBLE BELT: When people talk about the Affordable Care Act, most focus on the troubled launch of its website. But another complication of the law has received less attention: a “coverage gap” that will leave nearly 5 million poor Americans without health care, according to a Kaiser Health Foundation study. The coverage gap was created when 25 states refused to accept the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. The people who fall into this gap make too much money to qualify for Medicaid and not enough to qualify for Obamacare subsidies in their state insurance exchanges. … Most of the people who fall into the coverage gap live in the Bible Belt, a 14-state region in the South stretching from North Carolina to Texas and Florida. – John Blake
SUBPOENAED, AGAIN: House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, is again pressing the IRS over its scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. He issued another subpoena late Thursday to the Treasury Department, according to two spokespeople for the committee.- Lisa Desjardins and Deirdre Walsh and Ashley Killough
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden is known for taking Amtrak to and from Washington, D.C., and his home state of Delaware. Friday, Biden had some company, actress, comedian and TV host Whoopi Goldberg.
— Office of VP Biden (@VP) November 8, 2013
(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry continued his penchant for visiting gun companies in Iowa on Friday, posing with the CEO of a firearm parts manufacturer, a rifle propped on Perry’s lap.
A member of Perry’s staff tweeted a photo Friday afternoon depicting the Republican governor beside Pete Brownell, CEO of Brownells, Inc.
(CNN) - The disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov and the sluggish economy have done President Barack Obama no favors, with a new poll showing just two in five Americans approve of his job performance.
According to the survey from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, 41% of those polled approve of Obama’s job performance while 65% disapprove specifically of his handling of the economy.
(CNN) – Dozens of retired senior military veterans are signing onto Americans for Responsible Solutions, the pro-gun control group of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly.
The new initiative, Veterans for Responsible Solutions, will support Giffords and Kelly's wider efforts by bringing to bear the experience of military veterans who've sworn to defend the Second Amendment and have themselves been well versed in the use of firearms.
Washington (CNN) – Officials overseeing the Obamacare website said it is still prone to errors and slow response times, but it has improved since its disastrous October 1 launch.
A key part of the site will be down over the Veterans Day weekend, including Monday, CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille told reporters on a conference call Friday.
Washington (CNN) – When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left the State Department earlier this year, she told reporters that she would be "stepping off the very fast track for a little while."
That time away, however, appears to be over, as Clinton hits the gas with a two-day, five-event whirlwind trip to California this weekend.
Washington (CNN) - Quick, can you hear it? That creaking sound from Washington is the nerves of congressional Democrats in response to the political firestorm raging around Obamacare.
The botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act's vital new marketplaces, coupled with insurers notifying more than a million Americans that their policies were being canceled, raised questions about the administration competence and honesty in selling and implementing President Barack Obama's signature health care reforms.FULL STORY