White House awards Accenture HealthCare.gov contract
January 11th, 2014
07:59 PM ET
8 months ago

White House awards Accenture HealthCare.gov contract

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration has tapped the world's largest consulting firm to take over its beleaguered Obamacare website.

Accenture, a consulting and technology services company with 281,000 employees and $28.6 billion in revenue, won the one-year contract to continue fixing HealthCare.gov, the online health insurance marketplace set up by the Affordable Care Act. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services made the announcement Saturday.
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Filed under: Obamacare • White House
McAuliffe's first order of business: Ethics reform
January 11th, 2014
06:11 PM ET
8 months ago

McAuliffe's first order of business: Ethics reform

(CNN) - Hours after his inauguration as Virginia’s 72nd governor – and in the wake of a scandal that engulfed his predecessor – Terry McAuliffe has made ethics reform his first order of business, instituting tighter limits between public officials and lobbyists like he once was.

The executive order signed by McAuliffe Saturday establishes a gift limit of $100 for all administration officials and their families, including the governor himself. It also creates a three-person ethics commission to enforce the limit and determine whether particular gifts are acceptable.
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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
Joe Biden to lead delegation to Sharon's funeral; U.S. politicians react
January 11th, 2014
03:37 PM ET
8 months ago

Joe Biden to lead delegation to Sharon's funeral; U.S. politicians react

Updated 7:01 p.m., 1/11/2014

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden will lead the U.S. delegation to the memorial service of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, according to the White House.

"I look forward to leading the U.S. delegation to his memorial service, to pay respects to the man and to pay tribute to the unshakeable partnership between the United States and Israel," said Biden, expressing his condolences to Sharon's family and Israel.
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Filed under: Ariel Sharon • Israel • Joe Biden
Weekly addresses: Obama, Sen. Cochran look ahead in 2014
January 11th, 2014
12:47 PM ET
8 months ago

Weekly addresses: Obama, Sen. Cochran look ahead in 2014

Washington (CNN) – This year will be a year of change, according to President Obama and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi.

In separate weekly addresses, both promised action on what they consider the most important issues the country faces - the economy and Obamacare, respectively.
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Filed under: Economy • GOP weekly address • Obamacare • President Obama
McCain and Graham slam Obama for Iraq violence
January 4th, 2014
06:13 PM ET
8 months ago

McCain and Graham slam Obama for Iraq violence

Washington (CNN) - As the Iraqi army and al Qaeda-linked militants battle for control of the city of Falluja, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham are slamming the Obama administration for its Iraq policy.

More than two years after the administration failed to reach a status of forces agreement with Iraq and withdrew all American combat troops from the country, the two senior Republican senators are blaming President Barack Obama for the violence erupting there this week.
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Filed under: Iraq • John McCain • Lindsey Graham • Obama administration
NSA won't say whether it spies on Congress
January 4th, 2014
05:04 PM ET
8 months ago

NSA won't say whether it spies on Congress

Washington (CNN) - Congress is just like everyone else. That's the message the National Security Agency has for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The independent senator from Vermont sent a letter to the agency Friday, asking whether it has or is "spying" on members of Congress and other elected American officials.
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Filed under: Bernie Sanders • Congress • NSA
January 4th, 2014
01:21 PM ET
8 months ago

MSNBC host offers tearful apology to Romneys

Updated 1:49 p.m., 1/4/2014

(CNN) - MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry made a tearful apology to Mitt Romney’s family on her show Saturday, after she and a panel poked fun at a photo of the former Republican presidential candidate with his wife and 21 grandchildren by zeroing in on his adopted African-American grandson.

"Whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive, and showing the photo in that context, of that segment, was poor judgment. So without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family," said the anchor at the open of her show, "Melissa Harris-Perry."
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Filed under: Mitt Romney • MSNBC
Obama defends Iran deal
December 7th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama defends Iran deal

Updated 6:27 pm ET, 12/7/2013

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama defended his administration's nuclear deal with Iran, arguing that the ground had been set for a comprehensive agreement that would make the United States, Israel and the Middle East safer, but warning that all options would remain on the table if a deal fell through.

"The best way for us to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon is for a comprehensive, verifiable, diplomatic resolution, without taking any other options off the table if we fail to achieve that. It is important for us to test that proposition during the next six months," he said Saturday at the Saban Forum, a policy summit organized by the Brookings Institution to discuss issues surrounding the Middle East and U.S.-Israeli relations.
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Filed under: Iran • Nuclear weapons • President Obama
Congressional Republicans slam Iran deal
November 24th, 2013
02:12 AM ET
10 months ago

Congressional Republicans slam Iran deal

Updated 10:47 a.m. ET, 11/24/14

Washington (CNN) – Republicans blasted the Obama administration Saturday night after President Barack Obama announced a historic agreement had been reached by Iran and six world powers over Tehran's nuclear program.

In tweets and official statements, House and Senate Republicans argued that the administration was appeasing a duplicitous enemy without securing enough concessions in return.
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Filed under: Congress • Iran • Republican
November 24th, 2013
01:51 AM ET
10 months ago

Iran nuclear deal: President Barack Obama's legacy moment on Iran

Washington (CNN) - These are troubled times for President Barack Obama.

He's a lame duck president. The latest CNN/ORC poll has his approval rating at 41% - the lowest of his presidency. And the Affordable Care Act, his signature legislation, has been hobbled by the botched and much maligned rollout of the signup website.
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Filed under: Iran • President Obama
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