November 30th, 2013
03:41 PM ET
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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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