October 30th, 2013
08:02 PM ET
9 years ago

Biden apologizes, says Obama tried to log on to health site

(CNN) - President Barack Obama tried to log onto the Obamacare website, according to Vice President Joe Biden, who added his name to those apologizing for the online snafu that has rocked the introduction of the administration's sweeping health care initiative.

"The President tried to get online and my daughter tried to get online. I did not, because it was clear that I wasn't getting online," Biden told CNN's sister network HLN on Wednesday.

The Vice President said Obama was told several weeks before the October 1 launch that the website was "ready to go."
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Filed under: Health care • Joe Biden • Obamacare • White House
White House on Sebelius hearing: GOP ‘did us a favor up there’
October 30th, 2013
07:38 PM ET
9 years ago

White House on Sebelius hearing: GOP ‘did us a favor up there’

(CNN) - References to “The Wizard of Oz.” A poster of "bros" doing a keg stand. And that shout-out to "Red Solo" cups.

White House officials are all but thanking Republicans for some of the more entertaining moments from Wednesday's House hearing featuring Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

"They did us a favor up there today," one senior White House official told CNN, arguing Sebelius' performance helped, not hurt, the administration's efforts to steer the troubled Obamacare program back on track.
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Filed under: Health care • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare • Republican Party • White House
Emanuel thinks Hillary Clinton will run for president
October 30th, 2013
07:01 PM ET
9 years ago

Emanuel thinks Hillary Clinton will run for president

(CNN) – Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he thinks that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will once again run for the White House, and pledged to support her campaign if she did.

“I’m behind Hillary if she runs,” the Chicago mayor and former senior aide to President Bill Clinton said in an interview with Jake Tapper on the Lead. “And I think she will, but that’s up to her. If she runs, I’m in.”

As for his own rumored presidential ambitions, Emanuel, a former congressman, dismissed it outright. “Absolutely not.” He added, “I have no interest.”

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Rahm Emanuel
Emanuel: “Heads are rolling” over botched Obamacare rollout
October 30th, 2013
06:52 PM ET
9 years ago

Emanuel: “Heads are rolling” over botched Obamacare rollout

(CNN) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, said he expects that people will be held accountable for the botched rollout of the healthcare website.

“I have all the confidence and all the assurance that heads are rolling, and they’re spinning right now to fix the problem,” Emanuel said in an interview with Jake Tapper on The Lead.

“That's what the president wants everybody’s energy on: fix the problem. We'll deal with culpability later, because the most important thing you've got to do is get the problem fixed,” said Emanuel.

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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • Rahm Emanuel
October 30th, 2013
06:28 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama takes "full responsibility" for fixing HealthCare.gov

BOSTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama acknowledged Wednesday the national health care law's new website was "too slow" and too many people "have gotten stuck" in it.

"I'm not happy about it and neither are a lot of Americans who need health care," he said at a Boston rally to tout and defend the Affordable Care Act, which is the signature domestic achievement of his presidency.

The President talked about the miserable start up of HealthCare.Gov, which went online October 1.
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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • President Obama
October 30th, 2013
05:52 PM ET
9 years ago

First Lady of Sesame Street

Washington (CNN) - Michelle Obama doesn't need directions to Sesame Street, it comes to her.

The first lady was joined Wednesday by two of Sesame Street's popular characters, Elmo and Rosita, in the White House State Dining Room to announce a plan to use the children's characters and their neighbors on the show to market healthy foods to children.
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Filed under: Michelle Obama
CNN's GUT CHECK for October 30, 2013
October 30th, 2013
05:48 PM ET
9 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for October 30, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 30, 2013| 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING … RAHM SAYS HEADS ARE ROLLING … Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel tells Jake Tapper that “heads are rolling” inside the White House in regards to Obamacare rollout problems. Interview airs shortly on CNN.

“I APOLOGIZE” … In a testy hearing on Capitol Hill, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius started with contrition, “Let me say directly to these Americans, you deserve better. I apologize. I'm accountable to you for fixing these problems. And I'm committed to earning your confidence back by fixing the site.”
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Obamacare and MassHealth – What do people think?
October 30th, 2013
05:20 PM ET
9 years ago

Obamacare and MassHealth – What do people think?

Boston (CNN) - What do folks in Massachusetts think of the state's mandatory medical care law, and more importantly what do they think of President Barack Obama using it as an example of what Obamacare will eventually look like?

Well, just like any political story, it depends on whom you ask.
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Filed under: Health care • Massachusetts • Obamacare
Pelosi rules out budget deal without new tax revenues
October 30th, 2013
04:04 PM ET
9 years ago

Pelosi rules out budget deal without new tax revenues

Washington (CNN) - House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is ruling out any budget deal that does not include new tax revenues.

She was responding to a report on Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal that said President Barack Obama has signaled he wouldn’t insist on that condition.
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Filed under: Congress • Nancy Pelosi
Roger Daltrey's Capitol performance
Roger Daltrey of "The Who" in front of a bust of the late British statesman Sir Winston Churchill
October 30th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Roger Daltrey's Capitol performance

Washington (CNN) - Congressional leaders and Secretary of State John Kerry helped dedicate a bust Wednesday of the late British statesman Sir Winston Churchill at Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.

British dignitaries at the event included Roger Daltrey of "The Who," and Churchill's grandson, Nicholas Soames, who's a member of the British Parliament.

In remarks during a ceremony in the large, ornate hall, Kerry noted two of Churchill's great-grandfathers fought in the American Revolution – both for George Washington's Army.

"One in the Berkshire County Militia, and the other as part of the 4th Massachusetts Regiment," said Kerry, who represented Massachusetts in the Senate for nearly three decades before becoming Secretary of State earlier this year.

Churchill is credited with leading the Allies to victory in World War Two when he was British Prime Minister. He also coined the phrase "special relationship" to describe ties with America.

His mother was an American who married an Englishman.

The bust of Churchill, in dark bronze atop white marble, was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in time for the 70th Anniversary of Churchill's speechmaking that helped prepare for war.

Wednesday's ceremony focused on statesmanship and diplomacy. One of songs performed by Daltrey was "Stand by Me."

Kerry said honoring Churchill in Statuary Hall "will remind us of the bridges that we must build to span the gaps so that the work of democracy can continue."


Filed under: Capitol • John Kerry • United Kingdom
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