Washington (CNN) – By declaring the Obamacare website now works as originally planned, with most users able to navigate it smoothly, the administration effectively painted a big target on it.
Detractors led by conservative Republicans now will look for any anecdotal evidence of continued problems with HealthCare.gov in their efforts to depict President Barack Obama's signature domestic accomplishment as the ultimate example of government overreach and mismanagement.FULL STORY
(CNN) - "Christmas" is returning to Rhode Island's capitol building.
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee put out a statement Monday announcing that the tree at the State House will be called a "Christmas tree," ending a two-year long controversy.
In 2011, in his first year as governor, Chafee's calling of a "holiday tree" sparked protests, including a competing Christmas tree lighting ceremony. A state lawmaker even called the governor a "Grinch."
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(CNN) - A Republican congressional candidate in New York released a new ad Monday that lumps President Barack Obama and incumbent Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop in the same category as Rob Ford, the embroiled mayor of Toronto who admitted to using crack cocaine.
"Tired of politicians?" the ad's narrators asks, as the screen features side-by-side images of Bishop, Obama and Ford.
(CNN) – The Maryland office where government contractors toiled away to repair the broken HealthCare.gov website was like "a scaled-down control center for some sort of launch of a rocket," according to a tech expert who toured the facility.
John Engates, chief technology officer at tech firm Rackspace Hosting, toured the operation at QSSI, a firm charged with organizing the website fixes, a week ago, as the December 1 deadline for getting HealthCare.gov working bore down.
(CNN) - A conservative group says it's spending six figures over the next two weeks to run a TV commercial in Louisiana that criticizes Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu over her support of Presidential Barack Obama's judicial nominees.
Washington (CNN) - November insurance plan enrollment on the federal HealthCare.gov website is expected to be higher than the previous month's numbers, the Obama administration said Monday.
Final November numbers, still being prepared for a mid-December release, will show more Americans enrolled while a massive effort took place to repair the website.
(CNN) – As the Republican National Committee has been working to expand its outreach to African-Americans, it now finds itself playing defense after a well-intentioned but unpolished tweet honoring the legacy of Rosa Parks seemed to ignite some backlash.
The RNC on Sunday, commemorating the day Parks was arrested in 1955, sent out a tweet to recognize the civil rights activist.
Hong Kong (CNN) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will visit Japan and China this week as a dispute seethes over Beijing's recent claim of a large swath of airspace in the region.
The Chinese declaration less than two weeks ago has prompted a war of words between governments and flights through the contested air zone by military planes from the United States, China, Japan and South Korea.
The uneasy situation in the skies over the East China Sea has raised fears that a midair incident could cause circumstances to spiral out of control. It has also fueled concern about how far China is willing to go to pursue its interests in the Asia-Pacific region and push back against U.S. influence.FULL POST
Washington (CNN) - News that the Obama administration met critical repair goals for HealthCare.gov brought almost no applause from Capitol Hill Sunday, with just a few members of Congress responding to the website progress report at all.
Of those who responded, most either indicated that they expect more issues or that they saw the website as the beginning of Obamacare's problems.
Washington (CNN) - After a torrid, mud-drenched and bamboo-shoot-filled campaign, all the votes have been counted and the fluffiest member of the National Zoo elite has a name.
After three weeks of voting, the Smithsonian National unveiled the name of the newly christened giant panda cub: Bao Bao.