(CNN) - More than 1.1 million people enrolled in health care coverage through the federal marketplace between October 1 and December 24, the government announced Sunday.
The vast majority of them - 975,000 - enrolled in December, Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a blog post.FULL STORY
(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama took 30 minutes out of her Christmas Eve Tuesday for her annual tradition of answering calls to NORAD's program to track Father Christmas.
According to a White House spokesman, Obama answered children's calls to the Santa Claus tracker hotline from the first family's vacation spot in Honolulu, Hawaii, starting at around 11:00 a.m. local time.
(CNN) - U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby in Utah has denied the state's request for a stay on his ruling that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, according to Mary Jane McNamee, Judge Shelby's courtroom deputy.
He held a hearing on the matter on Monday. McNamee tells CNN the judge will issue a written ruling later today. Shelby struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage last Friday.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized during the day on Friday before being released, his spokesman said.
The Nevada Democrat, 74, checked in not feeling well earlier in the day and doctors diagnosed exhaustion.
Spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement that his boss has been cleared to return to work although the Senate has left town for the holidays.
(CNN) - A federal judge in Utah has struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, saying the law "conflicts with the United States Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process under the law."
In striking down the state law, which voters approved in 2004, the judge ruled that the state's "current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason.FULL STORY
Update 1:53 p.m. ET, 12/20/2013
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized on Friday because he wasn't feeling well, but he is now doing better, his office said.
"Tests have been conducted and everything is normal. He is alert, resting and feeling better," the Nevada Democrat's office said.
(CNN) – Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said Sunday he'll vote for a compromise budget bill in the Senate that would prevent another government shutdown.
"I hope it will pass the Senate," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." "We must not shut down the government again. We can't do that to the people of this country and my state."
(CNN) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s execution of his uncle was “an ominous sign” of instability and danger, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
Kerry also weighed in on reports about former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran seven years ago. The United States has not stopped efforts to get him released, Kerry told ABC's "This Week."
The secretary of state is on an overseas trip that's taken him to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Vietnam, and will carry him through Manila and Tacloban later this week.
(CNN) – New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was with President Barack Obama in a meeting on Friday when the President received a note about a school shooting in Colorado.
"Well, the President said very somberly that the shooting had occurred. Obviously none of us had the details yet, but he informed the room - the note was passed to him and he informed the room immediately and we all cringed," the Democrat told reporters at the White House.
Updated 7:23 p.m., 12/11/13
(CNN) - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s chief of staff was arrested on Wednesday on child pornography related charges, federal prosecutors said.
Jesse Ryan Loskarn, 35, was held pending a planned hearing on Thursday in federal court in Washington, according to a Justice Department statement.