Photographs of the Gettysburg Address
November 18th, 2013
02:08 PM ET
11 months ago

Lesson from Lincoln: Mr. President, you're talking too much

Washington (CNN) - It is a lesson from the ages: Lawmakers like to talk.

Even in this advanced age when thoughtlets, capped at 140 characters, are tweeted as discourse, politicians still tend to prattle on.

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Filed under: President Obama
Obamacare site still flawed, but staffer points to improvements
November 8th, 2013
03:09 PM ET
12 months ago

Obamacare site still flawed, but staffer points to improvements

Washington (CNN) – Officials overseeing the Obamacare website said it is still prone to errors and slow response times, but it has improved since its disastrous October 1 launch.

A key part of the site will be down over the Veterans Day weekend, including Monday, CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille told reporters on a conference call Friday.
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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • White House
Will Christie's moment last?
November 7th, 2013
11:25 AM ET
12 months ago

Will Christie's moment last?

Washington (CNN) - The path to the White House is paved with former frontrunners - or maybe call them buzzleaders, since we're three years away from 2016 and nobody is officially running for president yet.

Time magazine has put three different GOP lawmakers on its cover. First it was Marco Rubio. Then it was Rand Paul. Now it is Chris Christie.

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Filed under: Chris Christie
November 5th, 2013
09:54 AM ET
12 months ago

Obama further alters 'you can keep your plan' pledge

Updated 3:18 p.m. ET, 11/5/13

Washington (CNN) - President Obama continues to alter his signature promise in selling the Affordable Care Act back in 2009 and 2010.

"If you like your plan, you can keep your plan," he said back then.

But that simple pledge has had to change as the Affordable Care Act has been implemented and a small percentage of Americans, albeit millions of people, have received cancellation notices from their insurance companies. And for the second time in two weeks, he's tweaked the line.
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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • President Obama
Obamacare 'war room' notes provide window into fix-it effort
November 4th, 2013
10:43 AM ET
12 months ago

Obamacare 'war room' notes provide window into fix-it effort

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and supporters of Obamacare have encouraged Americans frustrated by the glitchy HealthCare.gov website to apply for coverage over the phone. But according to meeting notes released Monday by Republican investigators on Capitol Hill, it turns out the phone operators rely on the website to push through transactions.

Meanwhile, performance has improved, but problems with the website continue as open enrollment for Obamacare enters the second of a planned six months. A notice at the top of HealthCare.gov explains the website will be out of order between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., ET, every night as contractors work to improve its performance.
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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • President Obama
Is it really 'illegal' for Sebelius to buy Obamacare?
October 30th, 2013
01:12 PM ET
12 months ago

Is it really 'illegal' for Sebelius to buy Obamacare?

Updated 10/30/2013 at 3:45 p.m.

Washington (CNN) - During Wednesday's congressional grilling of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, demanded to know why Sebelius wasn't on the Obamacare exchanges.

Sebelius pointed out that she couldn’t get Obamacare because she has employer-sponsored insurance and the law does not allow her to.

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Filed under: Health care • Kathleen Sebelius
October 17th, 2013
05:49 PM ET
1 year ago

You've reached Cory Booker. I'm not here to take your call, Mr. President

(CNN) - It seems President Barack Obama doesn't always get through on the telephone.

Cory Booker tells CNN that the President called him Wednesday night, to congratulate the Democratic mayor of Newark, New Jersey for his victory in a special U.S. Senate election.
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Filed under: Cory Booker • President Obama
McConnell pushes back on 'Kentucky kickback'
October 17th, 2013
11:13 AM ET
1 year ago

McConnell pushes back on 'Kentucky kickback'

(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell denied slipping a special provision into a deal he co-engineered to end the 16-day government shutdown and end a showdown over raising the nation's debt ceiling.

And the longtime Republican Senator from Kentucky had an admonishment for Republicans whose sole focus is the "impossible dream" of ending Obamacare.

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Filed under: 2014 • Government Shutdown • Mitch McConnell
October 8th, 2013
12:40 PM ET
1 year ago

By the numbers: Shutdown and debt ceiling

Washington (CNN) - With a lot of facts and figures thrown around the government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling deadline, here are the ones you need to know.

1 - Week of shutdown: Midnight marked one week since partisan impasse caused a partial government shutdown. House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama aren't speaking to each other - Obama called Boehner on Tuesday but a Boehner spokesman characterized it as more of the same.

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Filed under: Debt • Government Shutdown
Shutdown forecast: Week Two and clouds ahead
October 7th, 2013
03:22 PM ET
1 year ago

Shutdown forecast: Week Two and clouds ahead

(CNN) - No negotiations to end shutdown – Midnight on Tuesday marks a week of the partial shutdown of the federal government and there's no end in sight.

President Barack Obama continues to refuse to negotiate with Republicans. They continue to insist that any government funding bill must somehow delay, defund or otherwise disrupt his signature health reform law.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown
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