More than 1.1 million Obamacare enrollees
December 29th, 2013
09:02 AM ET
4 months ago

More than 1.1 million Obamacare enrollees

(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.

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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare
Michelle Obama answers NORAD's Santa hotline
December 24th, 2013
06:15 PM ET
4 months ago

Michelle Obama answers NORAD's Santa hotline

(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.
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Utah judge denies stay on same-sex marriages
December 23rd, 2013
02:21 PM ET
4 months ago

Utah judge denies stay on same-sex marriages

(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.

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Filed under: Same-sex marriage • Utah
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid out of hospital
December 20th, 2013
06:55 PM ET
4 months ago

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid out of hospital

(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.

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Filed under: Capitol Hill • Harry Reid
Federal judge rules Utah same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
December 20th, 2013
04:34 PM ET
4 months ago

Federal judge rules Utah same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

(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.

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Filed under: Same-sex marriage • Utah
Sen. Reid in hospital after bout of illness
December 20th, 2013
10:00 AM ET
4 months ago

Sen. Reid in hospital after bout of illness

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.
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Filed under: Harry Reid
December 15th, 2013
10:29 AM ET
4 months ago

McCain says he would vote for budget deal

(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."
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • John McCain • TV-State of the Union
Kerry weighs in on North Korea execution, Bob Levinson in Iran
December 15th, 2013
09:24 AM ET
4 months ago

Kerry weighs in on North Korea execution, Bob Levinson in Iran

(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.
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Filed under: Iran • John Kerry • North Korea
De Blasio: 'We all cringed' after Obama told us about CO shooting
December 13th, 2013
04:51 PM ET
4 months ago

De Blasio: 'We all cringed' after Obama told us about CO shooting

(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.
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Filed under: Bill de Blasio • Gun control • President Obama
Senator's chief of staff arrested on child porn-related charges, authorities say
December 11th, 2013
11:55 AM ET
4 months ago

Senator's chief of staff arrested on child porn-related charges, authorities say

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.
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Filed under: Lamar Alexander • Senate • Tennessee
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