CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 1, 2014 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
THE WHITE HOUSE TAKES A VICTORY LAP ON OBAMACARE…
President Obama hailed the success of the first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, announcing that 7.1 million people have signed up for Obamacare.
“Despite several lost weeks out of the gate because of problems with the website, 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through these market places,” Obama said at the White House. “Seven point one!”
To opponents of the healthcare law, the president sent a clear message: “The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” He added, “History is not kind to those who would deny Americans their economic security.”
“On Track” for 7 million Obamacare Enrollments – How close will the Obama administration be able to come to 7 million?
After a surge of interest on enrollment deadline day on Monday, a senior administration official told CNN’s Jim Acosta on Tuesday that Obamacare is now on track to hit that original White House target for enrollment on the federal and state health insurance exchanges.
President Obama plans a 4:15 p.m. ET White House event to talk about the big news for his signature legislative achievement.
Acosta was told that a "crush" of consumers shattered previous records of visitors to HealthCare.gov and calls to enrollment support centers, raising optimism.
There were more than 4.8 million visits to HealthCare.gov and 2 million calls to call centers Monday, an administration official said.
The Sunday political talk shows covered a lot of ground, from foreign policy with Russia to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s ongoing effort to repair his damaged reputation amid the George Washington Bridge traffic jam scandal. Politicos threw in some debate about Obamacare and the 2016 presidential race for good measure.
If you missed any of the Sunday political chatter, we've got you covered:
Washington (CNN)—Come on House Speaker John Boehner.
We know you’re miffed about Obamacare’s latest extension...
Take a quick trip Inside Politics and see the stories setting the stage in Washington today:
Obama to Propose NSA Shake-up
The big headline Tuesday morning is that President Barack Obama will call for the end of the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone metadata. The White House plan to reform the NSA’s ability to collect phone data and instead rely on phone companies to store it was first reported by The New York Times and confirmed by CNN.
(CNN)— Take the free-for-all nature of social media, add the oft-mean spirited commentary that punctuates political circles and you have a recipe for petty online smackdowns.
Conservative commentators Dana Loesch's and Meghan McCain's online back and forth devolved into an hours-long, Twitterverse brawl on the derogatory nature of (drumroll please)… political brawls.
(CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan's recent comments about men in inner cities not valuing the “culture of work” have continued to draw outrage - this time from one of his Wisconsin constituents.
At town-hall style meeting on Wednesday, an African-American man identified by NBC as Alfonso Gardner took the Republican congressman to task for his remarks.
(CNN) - Robert Strauss, a prominent Democratic figure who led the party at a crucial time and advised presidents, died on Wednesday, his law firm said. He was 95.
Strauss took over as chairman of the Democratic National Committee during a tumultuous period following George McGovern's landslide loss to Richard Nixon in 1972, and saw it through Jimmy Carter's election in 1976.
(CNN) - They've been a major force in campaign politics the past four years, and now super PACs are becoming an official part of our language.
The term has made the dictionary, with Merriam-Webster recently creating an entry for "super PAC," publishing it on its online unabridged edition.
Two international events filled the Sunday political talk shows: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next move in Crimea and Ukraine and the mystery surrounding the bizarre and puzzling disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.