A holiday tradition: First lady visits children's hospital
December 16th, 2013
09:41 PM ET
4 months ago

A holiday tradition: First lady visits children's hospital

(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama brought holiday cheer to young patients at Children's National Medical Center in Washington on Monday - a tradition that dates back 60 years with first lady Bess Truman.

"This is one of my favorite traditions ... coming to see you guys at the hospital," she told a group of children, staff members and families that had gathered to see her.

After a tour through the medical care unit, Obama sat down to read "A Visit From St. Nicholas" ('Twas the night before Christmas ...) to the group.
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Filed under: Health care • Michelle Obama • White House
Republican Congressman slams Senators Cruz, Paul – calls for moderate GOP voice
December 16th, 2013
09:00 PM ET
4 months ago

Republican Congressman slams Senators Cruz, Paul – calls for moderate GOP voice

(CNN) – Republican Rep. Peter King on Monday unveiled a Political Action Committee called "American Leadership Now" aimed at supporting moderate voices within the Republican Party.

King of New York was in the early primary state of New Hampshire to speak with conservative groups.

He told CNN the location for the unveiling of the PAC was not a coincidence.
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Filed under: GOP • New Hampshire • Peter King • Republican Party
Senate confirms Jeh Johnson to lead homeland security
December 16th, 2013
06:43 PM ET
4 months ago

Senate confirms Jeh Johnson to lead homeland security

(CNN) – The Senate broke another Republican filibuster on Monday in confirming former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to head the Homeland Security Department.

The vote to approve Johnson, a key architect of President Barack Obama's anti-terrorism policies that have included stepped up drone use in terrorist hotspots, was 78-16.

Johnson was nominated by Obama in October and will replace former Secretary Janet Napolitano, who left the Cabinet post earlier this year to head California's public university system.
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Filed under: Homeland Security • Pentagon • President Obama • Terrorism
CMS call: Latest HealthCare.gov glitch resolved, Obama administration says
December 16th, 2013
06:06 PM ET
4 months ago

CMS call: Latest HealthCare.gov glitch resolved, Obama administration says

(CNN) – The Obama administration said on Monday it had resolved the latest technical glitch with the HealthCare.gov website, one that hit over the weekend and prevented people from enrolling properly in new policies under Obamacare.

Everyone who has selected a plan from a private insurer through the Obamacare marketplace now should be in direct contact with an insurer to resolve billing and payment, according to the agency responsible for overseeing the website.
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Filed under: Healthcare • HHS • Obamacare
CNN's GUT CHECK for December 16, 2013
December 16th, 2013
06:06 PM ET
4 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for December 16, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 16, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

JUST ADDED TO THE PRESIDENT’S TUESDAY SCHEDULE …. BIGGEST NAMES IN TECH HEADED TO THE WHITE HOUSE, PER JAKE TAPPER: “President Barack Obama will meet with executives from leading tech companies to discuss progress made in addressing performance and capacity issues with HealthCare.gov and how government can better deliver IT to maximize innovation, efficiency and customer service. The meeting will also address the national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures. Finally, the President will discuss ways his Administration can partner with the tech sector to further grow the economy, create jobs and address issues around income inequality and social mobility.”

Attendees: Tim Cook, CEO, Apple, Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter, Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy, Reed Hastings, Co-Founder & CEO, Netflix, Drew Houston, Founder & CEO, Dropbox, Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo!, Burke Norton, Chief Legal Officer, Salesforce, Mark Pincus, Founder, Chief Product Officer & Chairman, Zynga, Shervin Pishevar, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Sherpa Global, Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO, Comcast, Erika Rottenberg, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, LinkedIn, Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google, Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft, Randall Stephenson, Chairman & CEO, AT&T
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Obama to meet with Apple's Tim Cook, other tech CEOs
December 16th, 2013
05:47 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama to meet with Apple's Tim Cook, other tech CEOs

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – President Obama will meet with more than a dozen big-named tech CEOs on Tuesday to discuss cybersecurity and the failures of the Obamacare website.

In attendance will be Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings among others.

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Filed under: NSA • Obamacare • President Obama
U.S. Rep. Trey Radel faces House ethics probe
December 16th, 2013
05:34 PM ET
4 months ago

U.S. Rep. Trey Radel faces House ethics probe

(CNN) - The House Ethics Committee will investigate U.S. Rep. Trey Radel after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession last month.

The freshman Florida Republican previously announced he would take a leave of absence and entered a drug treatment facility after he admitted buying cocaine from an undercover agent.
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Brown gets more encouragement to launch Senate bid in N.H.
December 16th, 2013
05:14 PM ET
4 months ago

Brown gets more encouragement to launch Senate bid in N.H.

(CNN) - An advocacy group that is encouraging former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts to launch a Republican challenge next year in neighboring New Hampshire against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is going up with a new TV commercial criticizing the Democrat for her support of the federal healthcare law.

Ending Spending tells CNN that its TV spot will start running Tuesday in the Granite State. The group says it's spending in the low six figures to run it for a week.
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Filed under: New Hampshire • Scott Brown
Poll: Congress neck-and-neck with car salespeople, lobbyists for least honest
December 16th, 2013
03:28 PM ET
4 months ago

Poll: Congress neck-and-neck with car salespeople, lobbyists for least honest

(CNN) - Members of Congress are dueling it out with lobbyists and car salespeople as the least honest profession, according to new national survey.

A Gallup poll released Monday also indicates only 47% of Americans find clergy to be honest and ethical - the first time the rating has slipped below 50% since Gallup first asked about the clergy in 1977.
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Filed under: Congress • Polls
Judge: NSA domestic phone data-mining unconstitutional
December 16th, 2013
02:40 PM ET
4 months ago

Judge: NSA domestic phone data-mining unconstitutional

(CNN) - A federal judge said Monday that he believes the government's once-secret collection of domestic phone records is unconstitutional, setting up likely appeals and further challenges to the data mining revealed by classified leaker Edward Snowden.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said the National Security Agency's bulk collection of metadata - phone records of the time and numbers called without any disclosure of content - apparently violates privacy rights.

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