Updated 3:22 p.m ET, 12/9/2013
(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.
Updated 12:41 p.m. ET, 12/9/2013
(CNN) - Mama Grizzly is returning to reality TV.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will host a new show that features her widely-known passion for the outdoors. The weekly series, "Amazing America with Sarah Palin," debuts on the Sportsman Channel in April, the network announced Monday.
Updated 11:45 a.m. ET, 12/9/2013
Washington (CNN) – Democratic governors and gubernatorial candidates are gathering in the nation's capital Monday to plot strategy ahead of next year's elections, when three dozen governorships are up for grabs.
Eleven Democratic governors, a governor-elect, and around a dozen candidates are taking part in the Democratic Governors Association annual meeting. On the agenda: Strategy sessions and policy panels during the day, with a holiday party to cap things off in the evening. The main mission is to give a walk-through to the incumbent governors and candidates running next year of what the DGA does and how it can help them.
(CNN) - Sarah Palin met some of the stars of the popular television series, "Duck Dynasty," over the weekend while on her book tour in Monroe, Louisiana.
"Had a blast meeting the Duck Commander gang as well as the great folks who came to the book signing yesterday evening," the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee wrote Sunday on Facebook.
(CNN) – Some U.S. technology giants are asking the Obama administration and Congress to rein in government surveillance.
Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Google and Microsoft are among the companies signing an open letter arguing that surveillance has gone too far. The companies say they're improving encryption and fighting to limit surveillance requests, but they're also asking for new legal changes to limit surveillance.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) – The American Dream is supposed to mean that through hard work and perseverance, even the poorest people can make it to middle class or above. But it's actually harder to move up in America than it is in most other advanced nations.
It's easier to rise above the class you're born into in countries like Japan, Germany, Australia, and the Scandinavian nations, according to research from University of Ottawa economist and current Russell Sage Foundation Fellow Miles Corak.FULL STORY