(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has spoken out several times as controversy simmered, strengthened and boiled over in a very public way with a marathon news conference on Thursday. The allegation is that Christie’s aides caused a traffic jam in one city to punish its mayor, who did not endorse Christie’s re-election.
Christie has expressed a range of reactions in public as the story developed. First he joked about it. Then he said mistakes were made. On Thursday, after more details became public, he said he was humiliated, embarrassed – and very sorry for the whole mess.
(CNN) - Hewing to administration desires, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson forcefully repeated Thursday what he had already said in as many words - his committee won't seek new sanctions on Iran for the time being, and no one else should either.
Administration officials have publicly tried to talk lawmakers down from acting on legislation that would impose even delayed sanctions on Iran during the first phase of a November agreement to curb the Middle Eastern nation's nuclear program in exchange for relaxed sanctions.FULL STORY
(CNN) – In what might be one of the oldest corrections in the history of journalism, the editorial board of a Pennsylvania newspaper has retracted its predecessor's famous panning of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address as "silly remarks."
"Seven score and ten years ago, the forefathers of this media institution brought forth to its audience a judgment so flawed, so tainted by hubris, so lacking in the perspective history would bring, that it cannot remain unaddressed in our archives," the editors of The Patriot-News wrote Thursday, evoking the opening words and style of Lincoln's most famous speech.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Insomniacs and chronic wee-hour shoppers: Take shopping for Obamacare insurance on the federally run HealthCare.gov website off your overnight shopping lists - at least for a while.
The part of the problem-plagued website that allows people to apply for coverage will now be taken offline nightly between 1 and 5 a.m. ET, according to a banner now appearing atop the site's home page.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The battle over right-to-work legislation in Michigan has renewed debate over labor policy and the role of unions in the American economy. Here's a quick look at the issue:
What's going on?
Michigan's storied labor movement and its allies are mobilizing to stop Republican-backed legislation that would give workers the right to opt out of union membership and, critics say, weaken unions. The state House and Senate passed separate "right-to-work" bills last week in a surprise move that provoked thousands of labor supporters to descend on the state Capitol for protests that led to eight arrests. More protests are scheduled for Tuesday.FULL STORY