CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 3, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
SOURCES: TRAIN ENGINEER SAID HE WAS 'IN A DAZE' BEFORE CRASH Results from alcohol breath tests for the train engineer of the New York commuter train that derailed Sunday morning were negative, and both the brake and signal systems in the deadly Metro-North accident appeared to be working, National Transportation Safety Board representatives said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, while two law enforcement sources told CNN that engineer William Rockefeller reported being in a "daze" before the crash.
- CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz. Mike Ahlers and Ray Sanchez
Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration is prepared to allow Iran to engage in a "limited enrichment program" if Tehran holds up its end of an international agreement to curtail its nuclear capabilities under stringent global oversight, the White House confirmed Tuesday.
"We are prepared to negotiate a strictly limited enrichment program," Obama administration national security spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement.
Washington (CNN) – Stop worrying about the website and start talking about Obamacare's benefits.
That was President Barack Obama's message to the nation on Tuesday as he kicked off a three-week public relations blitz intended to generate more participation in his signature health care reforms.FULL STORY
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
(CNN) – Even before the federal HealthCare.gov website got an overhaul, President Barack Obama acknowledged the need to "remarket and rebrand" his signature health legislation.
On Tuesday, the effort appeared to kick off with remarks touting the law's benefits, including a ban on denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions and allowing adult children to remain on their parents' plans.
(CNN) - Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife will run for the White House in 2016, but he does say that it's too early for the next presidential race to start.
Asked in an interview Tuesday with CNN Español Anchor/Senior Correspondent Juan Carlos López if he thinks Hillary Clinton will make another White House bid, the former President said "I don't know."
(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday defended his controversial comments in which he said early last month that President Barack Obama "should honor" his promise to Americans that if they liked their health insurance plans, they'd be able to keep them under the Affordable Care Act.
"I was trying to be supportive of it," Clinton said, referring to the law better known as Obamacare in an interview with CNN Español Anchor/Senior Correspondent Juan Carlos López.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Joe Kennedy III on Tuesday joined a fast aimed at encouraging the House of Representatives to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
The freshman Democratic congressman from Massachusetts is among six activists who will replace current members of the "Fast for Families" group, many of whom are too weak to continue after 22 days of foregoing any sustenance except water. The group has been camped out on the National Mall to protest the lack of progress on immigration measures pending in the House.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner rejected the label that this is a "do nothing" session of Congress, telling reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill, "we've done our work."
Boehner pointed the finger at the Democratic-led Senate for holding up legislation. "When you look at the number of bills passed by the House and the paltry number of bills passed by the Senate, you can see where the problem is."
Washington (CNN) – As the White House begins a series of events over the next few weeks to highlight the benefits of the new health care law, the number two House Democrat said the President's signature domestic achievement doesn't need to be rebranded, but he regrets referring to the Affordable Care Act as "Obamacare."
"I wish I hadn't' called it Obamacare before because that has politicized it and has been used by Republicans as a pejorative term," Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, told reporters on Tuesday.