Again, the specter of a shutdown haunts the halls of Congress
November 20th, 2013
04:46 PM ET
5 months ago

Again, the specter of a shutdown haunts the halls of Congress

Washington (CNN) - Hovering above Congress with the unpleasant scent of deja vu are concerns that current budget talks seem poised to fail and that the word "shutdown" is back on the rise.

First, there's the apparent budget impasse.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Government Shutdown
Seven states reject Obama insurance proposal
November 20th, 2013
04:45 PM ET
5 months ago

Seven states reject Obama insurance proposal

(CNN) - If you like your health insurance plan, you might still be out of luck.

At least if you live in one of the seven states that have rejected the President Barack Obama's proposal to allow health insurance companies to renew plans not in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.
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Filed under: Andrew Cuomo • Healthcare • Indiana • Massachusetts • Minnesota • Obamacare • President Obama • Rhode Island • Vermont • Washington State
Unfortunate symbolism for Sebelius
November 20th, 2013
03:19 PM ET
5 months ago

Unfortunate symbolism for Sebelius

(CNN) - Talk about bad timing.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius paid a visit Tuesday to community health center in Florida where a group of navigators were helping local consumers sign up for health insurance through the federal exchange website - HealthCare.gov.

As she stopped to talk to one of the enrollees, the website temporarily crashed.
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Filed under: Florida • Healthcare • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare
Marco Rubio blasts Obama administration, pushes American leadership abroad
November 20th, 2013
03:14 PM ET
5 months ago

Marco Rubio blasts Obama administration, pushes American leadership abroad

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio pushed his vision for American foreign policy Wednesday at an event by the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

"American leadership has been a force for tremendous good in the world," Rubio said, wondering aloud what kind of world we'd have today if the United States hadn't taken a leading role on the world stage.
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Filed under: Marco Rubio
November 20th, 2013
01:20 PM ET
5 months ago

Deputies called to Creigh Deeds' home day before fatal fight, Virginia police say

Updated 11/20/2013 at 6pm ET

(CNN) - Sheriff's deputies had been called to the home of Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds a day before the fight that left his son dead and the veteran politician with multiple stab wounds, investigators reported Wednesday.

Deputies responded to a "nonemergency call for assistance" at Deeds' home in Millboro, in the rural western part of the state, on Monday, Virginia State Police said. The deputies made no arrests, and no charges were filed, the agency said.

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Filed under: Creigh Deeds • Virginia
WH: Obamacare is a cost-saver and job creator
November 20th, 2013
01:13 PM ET
5 months ago

WH: Obamacare is a cost-saver and job creator

Updated 11/20/2013 at 3:19pm ET

Washington (CNN) - In the eyes of White House officials, it's just one of the untold upsides of Obamacare: The Affordable Care Act is already saving Americans money - they just don't know it.

In a report released Wednesday by Jason Furman, the president's new Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the Obama administration claims health care spending grew at a pace of 1.3% per year between 2010 and 2013, the lowest rate on record since 1965.

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Filed under: Health care • Medicare
More 2016 speculation for birthday boy Biden
November 20th, 2013
12:05 PM ET
5 months ago

More 2016 speculation for birthday boy Biden

Washington (CNN) - As Vice President Joe Biden marks his 71st birthday Wednesday, speculation over whether he'll make another bid for the White House continues.

On a visit to Panama on Tuesday, Biden was questioned about a possible 2016 presidential run.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden • President Obama
November 20th, 2013
11:20 AM ET
5 months ago

Albuquerque: New path for abortion opponents

Washington (CNN) - The failed referendum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy is the first known instance of the issue being addressed at a local level, but it might not be the last.

"I think we'll see this more and more," said Mallory Quigley, communications director for Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group.

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Filed under: Abortion • New Mexico
2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients
November 20th, 2013
11:15 AM ET
5 months ago

Obama honors 16 people with Presidential Medal of Freedom

Updated 11/20/2013 at 12:19 a.m. ET

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation's highest civilian honor - to 16 people, from former President Bill Clinton and iconic talk show host Oprah Winfrey to the late astronaut Sally Ride, in ceremonies Wednesday.

"This is one of my favorite events every year," said the President. "This year it's just a little more special, because this marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy establishing this award."
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Filed under: President Obama
Harry Reid could go nuclear this week
November 20th, 2013
11:10 AM ET
5 months ago

Harry Reid could go nuclear this week

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, frustrated by Republicans who have been blocking President Barack Obama's nominees, could invoke the so-called "nuclear option" this week - a controversial move that would change Senate rules over GOP objections to prevent filibusters of presidential nominations, according to one senior Democratic aide and another Democratic source.

Democrats are particularly upset by recent GOP filibusters of three DC Circuit court nominees.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Senate
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