(CNN) - Health insurance enrollment in at least one state appears to be picking up.
Colorado’s state-based insurance exchange Connect for Colorado announced on Monday that more than 5,000 new customers have purchased private insurance since November 30, increasing the state’s total enrollment numbers in private plans by more than 50 percent.
(CNN) – The Senate voted unanimously on Monday to renew a 10-year ban on guns that cannot be picked up by metal detectors commonly found in airports, court houses and government buildings.
The law, which prohibits firearms made mostly of plastic, was set to expire at day's end.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 9, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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OH, WHAT A FLIGHT! PRESIDENT OBAMA EN ROUTE TO SOUTH AFRICA WITH GEORGE W. BUSH AND HILLARY CLINTON: The high-profile figures mostly congregated in the plane's conference room, White House press secretary Jay Carney said. When not in the conference room, the Obamas stayed in the President's cabin while the Bushes sat in the medical office directly behind. Clinton sat in the senior staff cabin behind the medical office, according to the White House pool report.
REPUBLICAN SEN. TED CRUZ, CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS TO COMMEMORATE MANDELA IN SOUTH AFRICA
More than 20 members of the U.S. House, mostly Democrats, and Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz are traveling to South Africa to honor and mourn the loss of former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
(CNN) – The Air Force One flight from the U.S. to South Africa on Monday was historic not only for its final destination, but for its passenger list.
Joining President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for the trip to Nelson Mandela's memorial was former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
(CNN) – For about five bucks, kids can now color while learning about Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
The St. Louis-based Really Big Coloring Books, Inc. published "Ted Cruz to the Future," an "educational" activity and comic book for kids featuring the freshman Senator from Texas and tea party favorite.
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(CNN) - Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has decided to sign up for federal health care coverage in the South Carolina exchange, rather than through the Washington, D.C., exchange where he would qualify for a federal subsidy offered to both lawmakers and congressional aides.
"I don't think members of Congress should get a special deal," Graham said in a press release.
(CNN) – John Kitzhaber is bidding for an unprecedented fourth term as Oregon governor.
Kitzhaber made it official on Monday, announcing that he'll run for re-election next year.
(CNN) - Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was sentenced Monday to 90 days in home confinement, three years probation, and a series of fines totaling about $1500 as part of a plea deal.
The 71-year-old pleaded guilty in October to kissing or grabbing three women at campaign events or at City Hall - one a felony false imprisonment charge, the other two misdemeanor battery charges.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – For Washington, Christmas could come early. Or it could not come at all.
The deal to end the government shutdown in October included a new deadline - come up with a plan to fund the government by December 13 - or risk another partial government shutdown next month.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - With President Obama departing for South Africa just four days after learning of the death of Nelson Mandela, security and logistical preparations that would usually take months were crammed into less than a week. "We've done things in less time," said a Secret Service spokesman.
The expectations for the agents assigned to protect the President are the same as if they had six months to prepare, said the spokesman, who noted the former South African president and anti-apartheid icon had been ill for some time, which allowed U.S. personnel to make some preparations in advance in conjunction with the State Department and the South African government.