Arkansas lieutenant governor says he'll resign over ethics violations
January 11th, 2014
08:41 PM ET
9 months ago

Arkansas lieutenant governor says he'll resign over ethics violations

(CNN) - Arkansas Lt. Governor Mark Darr has announced he'll resign following an ethics scandal that has shaken the state capital of Little Rock.

His decision comes on the heels of a state ethics commission finding that the Republican had broken 11 campaign finance rules since 2010.
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White House awards Accenture HealthCare.gov contract
January 11th, 2014
07:59 PM ET
9 months ago

White House awards Accenture HealthCare.gov contract

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration has tapped the world's largest consulting firm to take over its beleaguered Obamacare website.

Accenture, a consulting and technology services company with 281,000 employees and $28.6 billion in revenue, won the one-year contract to continue fixing HealthCare.gov, the online health insurance marketplace set up by the Affordable Care Act. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services made the announcement Saturday.
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Filed under: Obamacare • White House
McAuliffe's first order of business: Ethics reform
January 11th, 2014
06:11 PM ET
9 months ago

McAuliffe's first order of business: Ethics reform

(CNN) - Hours after his inauguration as Virginia’s 72nd governor – and in the wake of a scandal that engulfed his predecessor – Terry McAuliffe has made ethics reform his first order of business, instituting tighter limits between public officials and lobbyists like he once was.

The executive order signed by McAuliffe Saturday establishes a gift limit of $100 for all administration officials and their families, including the governor himself. It also creates a three-person ethics commission to enforce the limit and determine whether particular gifts are acceptable.
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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
Joe Biden to lead delegation to Sharon's funeral; U.S. politicians react
January 11th, 2014
03:37 PM ET
9 months ago

Joe Biden to lead delegation to Sharon's funeral; U.S. politicians react

Updated 7:01 p.m., 1/11/2014

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden will lead the U.S. delegation to the memorial service of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, according to the White House.

"I look forward to leading the U.S. delegation to his memorial service, to pay respects to the man and to pay tribute to the unshakeable partnership between the United States and Israel," said Biden, expressing his condolences to Sharon's family and Israel.
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Filed under: Ariel Sharon • Israel • Joe Biden
NJ Democrat lawmaker on traffic scandal: 'I do think laws have been broken'
January 11th, 2014
01:57 PM ET
9 months ago

NJ Democrat lawmaker on traffic scandal: 'I do think laws have been broken'

(CNN) - The Democratic New Jersey legislator leading an investigation into Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration says he believes laws were broken when the governor's aides ordered lane closures at the nation's busiest bridge.

"I do think laws have been broken," said State Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who's also deputy speaker. "Public resources - the bridge, police officers - all were used for a political purpose, for some type of retribution, and that violates the law."

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Weekly addresses: Obama, Sen. Cochran look ahead in 2014
January 11th, 2014
12:47 PM ET
9 months ago

Weekly addresses: Obama, Sen. Cochran look ahead in 2014

Washington (CNN) – This year will be a year of change, according to President Obama and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi.

In separate weekly addresses, both promised action on what they consider the most important issues the country faces - the economy and Obamacare, respectively.
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Filed under: Economy • GOP weekly address • Obamacare • President Obama