Another ballot measure: Name the panda cub
November 5th, 2013
02:54 PM ET
8 years ago

Another ballot measure: Name the panda cub

Washington (CNN) – She's cute, she's fluffy and now she wants your vote as the Smithsonian's National Zoo invites Americans to cast one more ballot on Election Day to name the Giant Panda cub.

Online voting on Smithsonian.com opened Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET and will run until November 22. According to a statement from the National Zoo, the cub's name will be unveiled December 1, the date when the cub will be 100 days old and when babies are celebrated in Chinese culture.
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November 5th, 2013
02:37 PM ET
8 years ago

Chris Christie to Obama: 'Don't be so cute'

New Jersey (CNN) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie touted his conservative credentials on Election Day 2013, and dished out some bipartisan criticism saying the Republican Party needs to focus on winning elections, and slamming President Barack Obama for the mixed messages on the new health care law.

"I think the party cares more about winning the argument than winning the election, and if you don't win elections you can't govern," Christie said in an exclusive interview with CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper.

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Holder touts benefits of changes in mandatory minimum sentences
November 5th, 2013
01:41 PM ET
8 years ago

Holder touts benefits of changes in mandatory minimum sentences

Philadelphia (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder visited a federal court program for former criminal offenders to highlight the Justice Department efforts to change mandatory minimum sentences and other rigid federal rules.

Holder sat in court Tuesday as a group of men who have been released from prison in the past few months gave reports on efforts to find jobs, places to live and reunite with their families.
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GOP taints 2014 Dems with Obama healthcare pledge
November 5th, 2013
01:14 PM ET
8 years ago

GOP taints 2014 Dems with Obama healthcare pledge

Washington (CNN) - The controversy over President Barack Obama's dialing back of his famous healthcare pledge is playing out immediately in real time on the campaign trail.

American Crossroads, a leading pro-GOP super PAC that was co-founded and is steered by Karl Rove, announced Tuesday that it's going up with paid web ads that target three Democratic Senators who face tough re-election bids next year. The spots tie the lawmakers to the President's claim that Americans could keep current health insurance under the Affordable Care Act if they preferred it.
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Filed under: 2014 • American Crossroads • GOP • Health care • Obamacare
Coburn has recurrence of prostate cancer
November 5th, 2013
12:32 PM ET
8 years ago

Coburn has recurrence of prostate cancer

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Tom Coburn is facing his second diagnosis of prostate cancer in two years, his office said Tuesday.

"Dr. Coburn has had a recurrence of prostate cancer and will be undergoing further evaluation and treatment," spokesman John Hart said in a statement.
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Chris Christie: I'm a conservative, not a moderate
November 5th, 2013
12:17 PM ET
8 years ago

Chris Christie: I'm a conservative, not a moderate

Watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET for our exclusive interview with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Mendham, New Jersey (CNN) - It's Election Day 2013, and polls indicate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is easily going to win re-election. Still, Christie is hitting the pavement, glad handing, and popping into the ballot booth to cast his vote.

CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper caught up with Christie outside a New Jersey polling place, and asked the GOP governor, who's seriously considering a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, if he thought of himself as a moderate.

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Election Day 2013 live blog
November 5th, 2013
12:12 PM ET
8 years ago

Election Day 2013 live blog

(CNN) - Today, gubernatorial contests in Virginia and New Jersey and the race for mayor in New York will be settled. In addition, a GOP primary battle for a U.S. House seat in Alabama will be decided, along with 31 ballot measures in six states, and mayoral elections in Boston, Seattle, Detroit and Cleveland.

Visit our live blog for a real-time feed featuring tweets and updates about the 2013 elections from CNN's political accounts, reporters, anchors and producers.

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Obama personally greets returning White House tours
November 5th, 2013
12:03 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama personally greets returning White House tours

Washington (CNN) – Visitors on the newly reopened White House tours were not just greeted by security guards and staffers Tuesday morning but by the building's residents, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

The President and the first lady greeted a long line of visitors one by one. Tours of the White House returned Tuesday for the first time in eight months after administration officials canceled them in March, citing funding constraints from the forced federal budget cuts, known in Washington speak as "the sequester."
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Obamacare website getting better, official tells Senate panel
November 5th, 2013
11:59 AM ET
8 years ago

Obamacare website getting better, official tells Senate panel

Washington (CNN) - Go to the Obamacare website today because "it has improved," with more people completing applications after a month of problems that botched the rollout of HealthCare.gov, the official in charge of creating the online program told a Senate committee on Tuesday.

Marilyn Tavenner, head of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, assured the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee the website will be fixed by the end of November, as promised.

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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • Senate
November 5th, 2013
09:54 AM ET
8 years 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
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