Government shutdown delays 2014 tax season
December 18th, 2013
03:24 PM ET
1 year ago

Government shutdown delays 2014 tax season

New York (CNNMoney) – Eager for your 2013 tax refund? Well, if you like to file your federal return at the start of every tax season, you may have to wait a little longer for your check.

The IRS said Wednesday that it would not start processing 2013 tax returns until January 31 next year - 10 days later than originally scheduled.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Taxes
Republican concedes in disputed Virginia AG race
December 18th, 2013
03:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Republican concedes in disputed Virginia AG race

(CNN) – Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain conceded to Democrat Mark Herring on Wednesday in the disputed race for Virginia Attorney General.

Obenshain made the decision with a recount set to conclude.
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Filed under: Virginia
EPA official who invented false CIA cover to miss work sentenced to prison
December 18th, 2013
02:25 PM ET
1 year ago

EPA official who invented false CIA cover to miss work sentenced to prison

(CNN) - A former Environmental Protection Agency executive was sentenced to 32 months in prison on Wednesday for defrauding the government in what the judge called an "unbelievably egregious" scheme to steal taxpayer funds.

John C. Beale spent a decade milking the EPA for unearned pay and perks using a series of increasingly complicated lies, including that he was secretly working for the CIA.
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Filed under: EPA
Insurers ease deadline to pay for Obamacare policies
December 18th, 2013
02:17 PM ET
1 year ago

Insurers ease deadline to pay for Obamacare policies

(CNN) – Health insurers announced Wednesday they will give people buying coverage under Obamacare more time to make the first payment.

America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry trade group, said consumers now have until Jan. 10 to make their first payment for coverage retroactive to Jan. 1.
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Filed under: Obamacare
Judge orders release of secret U.S. foreign aid memo
December 18th, 2013
01:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Judge orders release of secret U.S. foreign aid memo

(CNN) – In a defeat for the Obama administration over executive privilege, a federal judge has ordered the release of a secret government document dealing with foreign aid that President Barack Obama has refused to make public.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle, in a ruling dated Tuesday, rejected as "troubling" the sweeping White House contention that a single unclassified directive was within the so-called presidential communications privilege.

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Filed under: Obama administration
Review: NSA snooping program should stay in place
December 18th, 2013
01:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Review: NSA snooping program should stay in place

Updated 4:13 p.m., 12/18/2013

(CNN) - An independent assessment of National Security Agency surveillance ordered by President Barack Obama recommends the controversial collection of so-called metadata of Americans' electronic communications remain in place.

But the collection program predominantly covering phone records and e-mail must have tighter constraints and greater transparency, according to the report released on Wednesday.

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Filed under: NSA • White House
Glenn Close pushes for mental health measure on Capitol Hill
December 18th, 2013
01:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Glenn Close pushes for mental health measure on Capitol Hill

(CNN) - Actress Glenn Close joined lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday to lobby for legislation expanding access and quality of mental health treatment.

Along with Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, and Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, at a press conference at the Capitol, Close said her sister's diagnosis of bipolar disorder late in life prompted her to take action.
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Filed under: Debbie Stabenow • Mental Health • Roy Blunt • Senate
December 18th, 2013
10:56 AM ET
1 year ago

No-drama budget vote: How can this be?

(CNN) - For the first time in what seems like ages, Congress is poised to give final approval to a government spending plan without resorting to last-minute brinksmanship such as midnight negotiations to prevent an imminent government shutdown.

The Senate is expected to pass the compromise federal budget framework Wednesday and send it to President Barack Obama, who has signaled his support.

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Filed under: Budget • Senate
December 18th, 2013
10:47 AM ET
1 year ago

Murray: Compromise was necessary on military pension cuts

Updated 12:54 p.m., 12/18/2013

(CNN) – Sen. Patty Murray, co-crafter of the bipartisan budget agreement and member of the veterans affair committee, said Wednesday cuts to pension benefits for some military veterans under the spending plan was a part of a compromise to avoid billions in cuts to the defense industry.

"We had to look at how we could find compromises. There are things in this I like and there are things in this I don't like," the Senate Budget Committee chair and Democrat from Washington State said in an interview on CNN's "New Day."
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Filed under: Budget • Patty Murray • Senate • Veterans
New polling low for Obama in crucial state
December 18th, 2013
10:00 AM ET
1 year ago

New polling low for Obama in crucial state

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's hitting a new low in the state that propelled him toward the White House.

The President's approval rating stands at 38% and his disapproval rating at 59% in a new Quinnipiac University poll of Iowa voters. The 39% figure is Obama's lowest approval rating in Quinnipiac polling in the Hawkeye State.

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Filed under: 2008 Election • 2012 • 2014 • Iowa • President Obama
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