Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates hurt in fall
January 2nd, 2014
08:09 PM ET
4 months ago

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates hurt in fall

(CNN) - Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates was back home on Thursday after injuring his neck in a fall on New Year's Day.

Gates accidentally fell and fractured his first vertebrae at his home in Washington state, according to a statement by his office that said nothing more about what occurred.

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GOP-led House will kick off 2014 like it spent most of 2013
January 2nd, 2014
04:44 PM ET
4 months ago

GOP-led House will kick off 2014 like it spent most of 2013

Washington (CNN) - The GOP-led House of Representatives will kick off 2014 – a midterm election year – addressing an issue it spent much of last year debating: Obamacare.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Thursday the House's first order of business when it returns next week from its extended holiday break would be a vote on legislation to address potential security risks for personal information collected on the Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov.

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Filed under: House • Obamacare • Republicans
Poll: Uninsured unhappy with Obamacare website
January 2nd, 2014
04:30 PM ET
4 months ago

Poll: Uninsured unhappy with Obamacare website

Washington (CNN) - A majority of uninsured Americans who visited an Affordable Care Act exchange website in December say they had a negative experience, according to Gallup polling data released Thursday.

Fifty-nine percent of uninsured Americans who visited one of the websites last month said their experience was negative, compared to only 39% who said they had a positive experience.

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Bushes thank Obama, Clinton for well wishes
January 2nd, 2014
03:54 PM ET
4 months ago

Bushes thank Obama, Clinton for well wishes

Washington (CNN) – Former President George H.W. Bush tweeted a thank you on Thursday to Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton for extending well wishes to his hospitalized wife, Barbara Bush.

The former first lady was admitted to Methodist Hospital for “respiratory-related issues” on Monday, according to family spokesman Jim McGrath. As of Wednesday, Barbara Bush was still hospitalized and McGrath said there had been no change in her condition since she was admitted.

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All politics are local: Senator blasts NFL blackout policy before playoff game
January 2nd, 2014
03:11 PM ET
4 months ago

All politics are local: Senator blasts NFL blackout policy before playoff game

Update 3:34 p.m. ET, 1/3/2014: The Bengals ticket office announced Friday that the game is now sold out. The company Procter & Gamble and its brands, including Tide, Gillette, CoverGirl and Bounty, purchased remaining tickets. Kroger will distribute the tickets to military veterans and active duty service members.

Washington (CNN) – With the prospect of their Sunday game against the San Diego Chargers being blacked out of the Cincinnati market, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio has a message for the FCC: Don’t mess with Ohio’s football.

In a letter to Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Brown blasts the blackout rule, a decades-old policy that prevents television outlets in the team’s home market from airing the home team game if the stadiums isn’t close to sold out. The rule aimed to prevent football fans from staying home to watch their local team play while seats at the stadium remained empty.

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Fortune: Joe Lieberman joins private equity firm
January 2nd, 2014
12:34 PM ET
4 months ago

Fortune: Joe Lieberman joins private equity firm

FORTUNE – Joe Lieberman has found a new calling: Private equity.

The former U.S. Senator and vice presidential candidate today announced that he has joined Victory Park Capital, a $1.3 billion firm that focuses on small-cap public companies and mid-market private companies, often at times of distress. Portfolio companies include Jamba Juice, Kabbage and Silver Airways.

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Mayor fights his inner Rob Ford
January 2nd, 2014
11:58 AM ET
4 months ago

Mayor fights his inner Rob Ford

Washington (CNN) - Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak took to Twitter Thursday – his last day on the job – to poke fun at Rob Ford, the controversial, crack smoking mayor of Toronto.

"Only a couple hours left. Must...suppress...inner...Rob...Ford," Rybak tweeted.

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Filed under: Minnesota
January 2nd, 2014
11:52 AM ET
4 months ago

Christmas 'oops': Family accidentally receives gift from the Obamas

Updated 12:41 p.m. ET, 1/2/2014

(CNN) - As a woman and her husband were opening a late-arriving Christmas box on Tuesday, they found among their own gifts a present from President Barack Obama and his family.

Alane Church, who lives in Wadsworth, Illinois, north of Chicago, said they discovered an already-opened gift addressed to "Mama Kaye," a close friend of the first family and the godmother to Sasha and Malia Obama.
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