June 18th, 2014
08:02 PM ET
1 month ago

Bergdahl deal scrutinized at congressional hearing

(CNN) - Emotions ran high Wednesday at a hearing on Capitol Hill to examine the circumstances surrounding Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's capture by the Taliban in 2009 and the deal that led to his release in late May.

Bergdahl was captured after he walked off his base in Afghanistan's Paktika province, and several of his former platoon-mates have since accused Bergdahl of desertion and endangering the lives of his comrades.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Capitol Hill
Special counsel in bridge investigation has a history prosecuting governors
January 15th, 2014
10:08 PM ET
6 months ago

Special counsel in bridge investigation has a history prosecuting governors

(CNN) – The New Jersey General Assembly announced on Wednesday that it would enlist the help of attorney Reid Schar in its investigation into the closure of access lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September.

Schar, who will serve as special counsel to the assembly’s newly formed investigatory committee, is no stranger to high-profile investigations. In his previous position for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, Schar led the case against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
December 11th, 2013
04:32 PM ET
8 months ago

Four stories: After Obamacare 'fix,' many are still left out

Washington (CNN) – In the face of mounting criticism, President Barack Obama announced last month that he would allow insurance companies to renew so-called "subpar" plans for existing customers. But nearly a month later, not everyone is seeing the benefit of this policy change.

CNN spoke with four people in the days and weeks that followed the president's announcement to see how they have been affected. Their results are varied, and for some of them, the future remains uncertain.

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Filed under: Healthcare
Official White House turkeys make media debut
November 26th, 2013
01:38 PM ET
8 months ago

Official White House turkeys make media debut

(CNN) - The two stars stood front and center, posing for the cameras in the opulent Crystal Room of Washington's Willard InterContinental hotel. Every movement elicited a flurry of camera flashes from their captivated audience. If they were nervous they didn't let it show. They were there to meet with the media ahead of their visit to the White House, but they took no questions. All they could do was gobble.

That's because the guests of honor at this particular event were two turkeys, Popcorn and Caramel, soon to be named the official and alternate National Thanksgiving Turkeys.
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Filed under: White House
Insurers adapt to administration fix, some renew canceled policies
November 21st, 2013
03:11 PM ET
8 months ago

Insurers adapt to administration fix, some renew canceled policies

Washington (CNN) – One week after President Barack Obama announced a fix that would allow people who are losing their insurance policies to keep them, millions of Americans are still waiting for the final word on whether their plans can, in fact, be renewed.

These customers had been receiving letters from their insurers informing them that they would not be able to renew their existing policies in 2014 because those policies do not meet certain minimum coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
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Filed under: Obamacare
Sebelius has nothing but sneers for Republican's "gift"
November 2nd, 2013
05:08 PM ET
9 months ago

Sebelius has nothing but sneers for Republican's "gift"

(CNN) – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was already having a rough week when she was presented with an unwelcome gift at an event in Memphis on Friday.

After being grilled on Capitol Hill and receiving subpoenas from one congressional committee, Sebelius was wrapping up her week at an outreach event when Tennessee state Sen. Brian Kelsey approached her with a copy of the book "Web Sites for Dummies," according to Memphis' The Daily News, which captured the moment on camera.
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Filed under: Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare • Tennessee
GOP Senator hammers Obamacare in weekly address
November 2nd, 2013
01:25 PM ET
9 months ago

GOP Senator hammers Obamacare in weekly address

(CNN)–Senator Dan Coats of Indiana delivered the GOP weekly address on Saturday, further stressing his party's concerns about Obamacare one month after the disasterous launch of Healthcare.gov.

"Too many Americans still cannot even access the online exchanges," said Coats, "and for the few that have, they're experiencing sticker shock."
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Filed under: Dan Coats • GOP weekly address • Obamacare
Obama puts focus on budget talks in weekly address
November 2nd, 2013
12:43 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama puts focus on budget talks in weekly address

(CNN)–After a week of falling approval ratings and criticism of the botched Obamacare website, President Barack Obama, in his weekly address Saturday, turned his attention to Washington's perennial funding battle.

"We need to grow and create more good jobs faster," the President said. "That’s my driving focus. And I’ll go anywhere and do anything to make it happen."
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • President Obama
October 31st, 2013
02:29 PM ET
9 months ago

For many, Obama's promise of health care choice does not ring true

Washington (CNN) - In her grilling on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated a frequent assertion in the Obamacare sales pitch - consumers have options when shopping for insurance plans on the health care exchanges.

"The 15% of our neighbors and friends who are uninsured have affordable new options in a competitive market," Sebelius said in her testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • President Obama
October 19th, 2013
07:14 PM ET
9 months ago

Ted Cruz, back in Texas, rails against fellow Senate Republicans

Programing note: CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley will have an exclusive interview with Sen. Ted Cruz, this Sunday at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. ET.

(CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz returned to Texas following a whirlwind week in Washington that saw an end to the partial government shutdown that he helped ensure - and for which he made no apologies.

Instead, Cruz blasted his fellow Senate Republicans, saying they are most to blame for the failure of the push to defund or delay Obamacare.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Health care • Senate • Ted Cruz
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