Obamacare website progress garners muted reaction from Congress
December 1st, 2013
03:08 PM ET
8 months ago

Obamacare website progress garners muted reaction from Congress

Washington (CNN) - News that the Obama administration met critical repair goals for HealthCare.gov brought almost no applause from Capitol Hill Sunday, with just a few members of Congress responding to the website progress report at all.

Of those who responded, most either indicated that they expect more issues or that they saw the website as the beginning of Obamacare's problems.

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Voters decide: Panda cub is baby Bao Bao
December 1st, 2013
01:44 PM ET
8 months ago

Voters decide: Panda cub is baby Bao Bao

Washington (CNN) - After a torrid, mud-drenched and bamboo-shoot-filled campaign, all the votes have been counted and the fluffiest member of the National Zoo elite has a name.

After three weeks of voting, the Smithsonian National unveiled the name of the newly christened giant panda cub: Bao Bao.

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Ex-national security adviser: ‘Direct line’ between Iran sanctions and Rouhani's election
December 1st, 2013
12:24 PM ET
8 months ago

Ex-national security adviser: ‘Direct line’ between Iran sanctions and Rouhani's election

Washington (CNN) - In an interview Sunday, Tom Donilon, former national security adviser to the Obama White House, traced a clear path between President Barack Obama's decision to implement sanctions against Iran and the deal brokered with Tehran last week.

"There is a direct line here between the sanctions, Rouhani's election, and their coming to the table," Donilon told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week."

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Filed under: Iran • Obama administration • Tom Donilon
Former NSA chief compares Snowden to terrorists
December 1st, 2013
11:42 AM ET
8 months ago

Former NSA chief compares Snowden to terrorists

Washington (CNN) - Former National Security Agency director Michael Hayden said Sunday that Edward Snowden, who has disclosed secrets about how the NSA surveils both at home and abroad, has created a "catastrophic" situation for American intelligence agencies.

"This is catastrophic for the safetay and security of the American nation, what this very narcissitic young man has done," Hayden told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."

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Filed under: Edward Snowden • Michael Hayden • NSA
Former CIA head: U.S. has ‘accepted Iranian uranium enrichment’
December 1st, 2013
10:39 AM ET
8 months ago

Former CIA head: U.S. has ‘accepted Iranian uranium enrichment’

Washington (CNN) - Retired Gen. Michael Hayden said Sunday the United States has all but conceded Iran has the right to enrich uranium.

"We have accepted Iranian uranium enrichment," Hayden said when asked about the agreement reached last week between Iran and the so-called P5+1 - the United States, Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany.

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Filed under: Iran • John Kerry • Michael Hayden • Obama administration
December 1st, 2013
09:20 AM ET
8 months ago

Terrorists are gaining ground, intelligence committee heads say

Washington (CNN) - The leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence committees said Sunday that terrorists have gained ground in the past two years and that the United States is not any safer than it was at the outset of 2011.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, agreed that despite the death of Osama bin Laden and drone strikes aimed at decimating al Qaeda's leadership, President Barack Obama's administration has lost ground in the ongoing battle with global terrorism.

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December 1st, 2013
09:00 AM ET
8 months ago

Administration: HealthCare.gov working smoothly

Washington (CNN) – Two months after coming online, the beleaguered HealthCare.gov website works "smoothly for the vast majority of users," the Obama administration claimed Sunday, the self-imposed deadline for getting the website up and running.

In a report and speaking to reporters, officials with the Department of Health and Human Services said more than 400 individual repairs have helped the health site increase its capacity to 50,000 users at a time, while lowering response times to less than a second. That amounts to what the administration calls “dramatic progress” in repairing the site.

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December 1st, 2013
09:00 AM ET
8 months ago

Rogers: Obama administration 'screwed up' Syria deal

Washington (CNN) – Two and a half months after the U.S. backed off its threat to launch a bombing campaign against the Syrian regime, not everyone in Congress is happy with the easing of tensions.

In an interview that aired Sunday morning, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers told CNN's Candy Crowley that the the sweeping, Russian-brokered agreement prematurely closed the door to a more wide-ranging armistice between the regime and opposition forces. The agreement requires Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal by mid-2014.

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Filed under: Mike Rogers • Obama administration • Syria