Updated 1:41 p.m. ET, 12/4/2013
Washington (CNN) – The growing gap between rich and poor Americans is threatening the ideals the country was founded upon, President Barack Obama said in remarks Wednesday that appeared to signal a leftward turn in his economic agenda.
Making sure that the U.S. economy works for every working American is "the defining challenge of our time," Obama said in a speech at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. He later said the "dangerous and growing" income and opportunity gap is jeopardizing the notion that if people work hard, they can get ahead.
Washington (CNN) – Washington has started an unpopular tradition: wreaking havoc with the holidays. And it's possible it could happen again this year.
With less than a month before the New Year, doctors who treat Medicare patients don't yet know how much the government will reimburse them, parents aren't sure if their local Head Start program will turn away students, civilians in the military don't know how many days they could be furloughed, and families can't yet estimate the price of milk.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The mayor of the nation's capital says he's going to run for re-election next year, ending one of the biggest guessing games in the city's local politics.
Mayor Vincent Gray visited the D.C. Board of Elections on Monday to pick up nominating petitions.
(CNN) - Washington D.C.'s insurance commissioner was forced out of his position after he criticized President Obama's executive action addressing weaknesses in the nation's troubled health care law, a source familiar with the matter said.
William P. White was one of several insurance commissioners across the nation to reject the President's move to allow insurance companies to continue selling policies to consumers who wanted to keep them. He released a statement hours after the president's fix was announced. After his comments, White was quickly replaced by an acting commissioner Sunday, a District of Columbia spokesman said.
Washington (CNN) – The Council of the District of Columbia approved a measure on Tuesday that urged the Washington Redskins football team to drop the word "Redskins" from its name because it is "objectionable to many Americans who consider it to be racist and derogatory."
Ten of the 13 council members voted yes, two were not in attendance and one - Yvette Alexander - voted present. Not a single vote against the measure was cast.
Washington (CNN) – She's cute, she's fluffy and now she wants your vote as the Smithsonian's National Zoo invites Americans to cast one more ballot on Election Day to name the Giant Panda cub.
Online voting on Smithsonian.com opened Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET and will run until November 22. According to a statement from the National Zoo, the cub's name will be unveiled December 1, the date when the cub will be 100 days old and when babies are celebrated in Chinese culture.
Washington (CNN) - The number of furloughed federal government workers applying for unemployment assistance is continuing to rise as the partial government shutdown continues into its third week.
States with large numbers of federal employees are seeing a flood of such applications, and may see more if an agreement is not reached soon to reopen the government.
Washington (CNNMoney) - For every day the government shutdown continues, the local economy surrounding Washington, D.C., loses another $220 million.
Losses have been mounting since the shutdown began, with companies and contractors that depend on the federal government, federal workers, and tourism especially hard hit.
(CNN) – One of the more controversial fights in Washington, D.C. isn't over the budget or Obamacare. It's about a football team's name.
And now President Barack Obama is weighing in.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Obama said if he were the owner of the Washington Redskins, and he knew the name was "offending a sizable group of people," then he would "think about changing it."
Washington (CNN) – After all the chaos and gunfire, still remains the question: Why did a woman with a young child try to drive into a blocked entrance near the White House?
The woman, identified by law enforcement officials as 34-year-old Miriam Carey, was shot dead Thursday.FULL STORY