December 29th, 2013
09:03 AM ET
8 months ago

2014: The year of the blame game in Washington

Washington (CNN) – For President Barack Obama and Congress, 2014 will be the year of the blame game.

Congressional elections in November mean that every issue gets framed by politicians and pundits in the context of who won or lost as Republicans and Democrats vie for control of the U.S. House and Senate.

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Filed under: 2013 • 2014
December 20th, 2013
02:30 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama says 2013 wasn't worst of presidency

Updated 2:50 p.m. ET, 12/20/2013

Washington (CNN) - Citing economic progress and other achievements, President Barack Obama on Friday rejected the contention that 2013 was the worst year of his presidency.

Polls show Obama's approval rating at record lows for the five years of his presidency, but he told reporters at a year-end news conference that his concern is whether things are getting better for the American people.

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Filed under: President Obama
December 20th, 2013
02:02 PM ET
9 months ago

6 reasons why 2013 was a bad year for Obama

Washington (CNN) – How bad of a year was 2013 for President Barack Obama? The economy is strengthening as he starts to wind down America's longest war, but his poll numbers are the lowest since he took office almost five years ago.

Usually, a growing economy and bringing the troops home mean public love for the commander-in-chief, but not this time.

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Sebelius orders review of Obamacare website woes
December 11th, 2013
01:54 PM ET
9 months ago

Sebelius orders review of Obamacare website woes

Washington (CNN) - Call it a pre-emptive strike.

Hours ahead of her appearance Wednesday before a House subcommittee certain to grill her on the botched launch of the Obamacare website, Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced an internal review of what happened and why.

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Filed under: Healthcare • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare
December 10th, 2013
09:21 PM ET
9 months ago

Kerry tells Congress to hold off on new Iran sanctions for now

Washington (CNN) - He doesn't trust Iran, vows it won't get nuclear weapons, and believes past rhetoric by its leaders threatening annihilation of Israel is unacceptable and kind of insane.

So why is Secretary of State John Kerry so adamant about getting time to try to negotiate an agreement that would further curb Iran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for lifting crippling economic sanctions?

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Filed under: Congress • Iran • John Kerry • Nuclear weapons
Obama to talk Obamacare with young Americans
December 4th, 2013
02:09 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama to talk Obamacare with young Americans

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday gets the chance to address younger Americans, a key demographic for the success of the health care exchanges set up under his signature reforms.

In remarks at a White House Youth Summit, Obama was expected to tout the benefits of the 2010 Affordable Care Act for young people, who often don't think they need health insurance.

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Filed under: Healthcare • Obamacare • President Obama
With website deadline met, Obamacare scrutiny increases
December 2nd, 2013
02:08 PM ET
9 months ago

With website deadline met, Obamacare scrutiny increases

Washington (CNN) – By declaring the Obamacare website now works as originally planned, with most users able to navigate it smoothly, the administration effectively painted a big target on it.

Detractors led by conservative Republicans now will look for any anecdotal evidence of continued problems with HealthCare.gov in their efforts to depict President Barack Obama's signature domestic accomplishment as the ultimate example of government overreach and mismanagement.

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Filed under: Obamacare
Deadline Day: Obama administration 'on track' for website goal, agency says
November 30th, 2013
11:30 AM ET
9 months ago

Deadline Day: Obama administration 'on track' for website goal, agency says

Washington (CNN) - A moment of truth has arrived for President Barack Obama's signature health care reforms with Saturday's self-imposed deadline to get the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov website to work properly for most users.

With tech experts making upgrades and fixes during the overnight hours this weekend, an official with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Saturday the administration is "on track to meet [its] stated goal for the site to work for the vast majority of users"- a promise Obama and other officials have been making for weeks.

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Filed under: Obamacare
The Obamacare question: Can the website handle the volume?
November 28th, 2013
02:39 PM ET
9 months ago

The Obamacare question: Can the website handle the volume?

Washington (CNN) - A moment of truth approaches for President Barack Obama's signature health care reforms with Saturday's self-imposed deadline to get the website to work properly for most users.

Obama and officials in charge of HealthCare.gov say the "vast majority" of people who go to the website to sign up at the end of the month will have a much improved experience than the crashes, error messages and delays users faced when it launched October 1.

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Filed under: Healthcare • HHS • Obamacare
5 reasons diverse critics oppose Iran nuclear deal
November 25th, 2013
08:21 PM ET
9 months ago

5 reasons diverse critics oppose Iran nuclear deal

Washington (CNN) - It is the first major international agreement on Iran's nuclear ambitions after a decade of failed efforts, and follows the first notable thaw in U.S-Iranian relations in 34 years.

Then why are so many people at home and around the world so angry, or at least concerned, about the six-month deal reached over the weekend by negotiators in Geneva?

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