(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged that the Obama administration may fall short of its original unofficial target of signing up seven million people to the new health care law by the end of March. But the Vice President said that signing up five to six million would be a good start.
"Initially we talked about by the end of this period having seven million people lined up. We may not get to seven, we may get to five or six, and that's a hell of a start," Biden said Wednesday in Minneapolis.
Washington (CNN) - MoveOn.org will announce on Thursday that nearly 30,000 Americans have signed a new petition by the progressive group that calls on Congress to return their paychecks "if they are not planning to do any more work this year."
The group tells CNN the signatures were collected in the past 48 hours.
Beaumont, Texas (CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz accused his own Republican leadership of “trickery” in trying to force a “show vote” on raising the debt ceiling last week, warning Republicans will get “clobbered in the polls” for not standing up for principle.
"What Republican leadership said is we want this to pass, but if every senator affirmatively consents to doing it on 51 votes, then we can all cast a vote no and we can go home to our constituents and say we opposed it. And listen, that sort of show vote, that sort of trickery to the - to the constituents is why Congress has a 13 percent approval rating.
(CNN) - A Kansas state lawmaker says a bill she's introduced that would give school teachers and caregivers expanded rights to spank children is not "intended to legalize child abuse."
Democratic state representative Gail Finney of Wichita put out a statement Tuesday after media stories about her legislation, which would expand on current Kansas law by allowing teachers and caregivers to spank children up to 10 times, possibly causing redness and bruising.
(CNN) - Adding a second nationally televised appearance to his schedule, Vice President Joe Biden will stop by "The View" next week, his office said Tuesday.
Biden will discuss the Affordable Care Act with the ladies of the ABC daytime show on February 25, the morning after he appears as the opening guest for Seth Meyers' debut as "Late Night" host.
Updated 6:44 p.m. ET, 2/18/2014
Washington (CNN) – Newt Gingrich is amplifying his call for Secretary of State John Kerry to resign over his comments that climate change represents the biggest challenge “of our generation.”
"I think it's very troubling that our secretary of state … believes that climate change is a greater danger than a nuclear war," Gingrich said Tuesday in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.”
(CNN) – As Scott Brown mulls another Senate bid this year, he's taking some time to rock out.
The former Massachusetts senator, who's considering a challenge against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in his new home state of New Hampshire, jammed Sunday night with the band Cheap Trick, playing their 1978 single "Surrender."
Washington (CNN) - A second-straight national poll indicates that many Americans have shifted their priorities when it comes to immigration reform.
According to a Gallup survey released Monday, 44% of those surveyed say it's extremely important for the United States to develop a plan to deal with the large number of undocumented immigrants.
Updated 9:00pm, February 16th
(CNN) – President Barack Obama praised a football player for revealing he’s gay and took ownership of the term “Obamacare” in a wide-ranging interview with TNT sports analyst and former hoops star Charles Barkley before Sunday's 63rd NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.
Obama said he respects Michael Sam, a former college football player who announced he is gay last week during interviews with ESPN and the New York Times, for making the announcement before the NFL draft.
(CNN) - Comedian Joel McHale will be the featured entertainer at this year's White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the group announced Friday.
McHale is best known as host of E!'s satire show “The Soup” and star of NBC's comedy “Community.”