Administration offers more details on month-end website goal
November 18th, 2013
03:57 PM ET
8 years ago

Administration offers more details on month-end website goal

Washington (CNN) – A pool of Americans who attempt to obtain new health insurance through HealthCare.gov will never be able to complete their transaction online, even after the November 30 deadline for repairing the faulty website, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday.

That group – amounting to 20% of the site's users – could have health or financial situations too complex for the website to handle, and would need to instead enroll in the health exchanges over the phone or in person.
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Filed under: Healthcare • Obama administration
Senate approves bill to improve safety of compounded drugs
November 18th, 2013
03:50 PM ET
8 years ago

Senate approves bill to improve safety of compounded drugs

Washington (CNN) - The Senate Monday approved a bill to give the Food and Drug Administration oversight of large compounding pharmacies to insure they meet the agency's strict safety standards.

The legislation grew out of a deadly outbreak of meningitis last year at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.
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Filed under: FDA • Senate
November 18th, 2013
03:41 PM ET
8 years ago

Tweet of the day: Maryland Gov. for 'Veep'

(CNN) - Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley paid a visit to the White House Monday, even if it was just a film set.

O'Malley was touring the Annapolis, Maryland set of the HBO series "Veep," where he took a photo with show star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays a bumbling U.S. Vice President.

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Filed under: Martin O'Malley • Tweet of the Day
November 18th, 2013
03:25 PM ET
8 years ago

Education Sec. Duncan under fire for comment about 'white suburban moms'

Washington (CNN) - Proving once again that any controversy will be intensified - if not illuminated - by random references to race, class, and gender, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has ignited a storm of protest by noting opposition from "white suburban moms" to one of his prized educational initiatives.

In a meeting with state education chiefs Friday, Duncan said some opposition to the Common Core State Standards - a controversial effort to standardize education - has come from parents displeased that test results have exposed local weaknesses. Duncan said he found it "fascinating" that opponents include "white suburban moms who - all of a sudden - (discovered that) their child isn't as bright as they thought they were, and their school isn't quite as good as they thought they were."

Duncan apologzied Monday afternoon for the remark.

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Filed under: Arne Duncan
Sen. Inhofe describes 'horrible loss' following son's death
November 18th, 2013
03:21 PM ET
8 years ago

Sen. Inhofe describes 'horrible loss' following son's death

(CNN) - Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke of his "horrible loss" eight days ago when his son died in a plane crash earlier this month.

The Oklahoma Republican addressed the Senate floor Monday, thanking the Senate chaplain, Berry Black, and Majority Leader Harry Reid for their kind words following the incident.
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Filed under: Jim Inhofe
Students to host 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' game on campus
AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 19: The University of Texas Tower on the University of Texas campus on September 19, 2009 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
November 18th, 2013
03:01 PM ET
8 years ago

Students to host 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' game on campus

Updated 5:37 p.m. ET, 11/18/2013

(CNN) – A conservative student group at the University of Texas in Austin is organizing an event Wednesday called "Catch an Illegal Immigrant," where participants will be rewarded with $25 gift cards for "catching" students wearing "Illegal Immigrant" labels.

According to the group, the Young Conservatives of Texas-UT chapter, the purpose of the event is "to spark a campus-wide discussion about the issue of illegal immigration, and how it affects our everyday lives."
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Filed under: Immigration
Romney takes sides in GOP primary fight
November 18th, 2013
02:23 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney takes sides in GOP primary fight

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's wading into a Republican primary battle.

The 2012 GOP presidential nominee Monday endorsed Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho, who's facing a tough primary challenge as he runs for re-election next year.

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Filed under: 2014 • Idaho • Mitt Romney
November 18th, 2013
02:08 PM ET
8 years 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
November 18th, 2013
02:04 PM ET
8 years ago

Ex-White House aides: Changes likely after Obamacare dust settles

Washington (CNN) - Once the Obamacare fiasco dust settles, it only seems natural. Even if President Barack Obama likes the team at the helm of his second term, he will probably not be able to keep it.

Obama is expected by former administration officials to soon make a course correction in his administration to address the glaring mistakes made in the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act.

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Filed under: Obamacare • President Obama • White House
Obama faces crucial Guantanamo votes
November 18th, 2013
01:11 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama faces crucial Guantanamo votes

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's efforts to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are expected to face some crucial Senate votes this week, and for the first time in four years, he stands a chance to win some.

A Senate bill to authorize defense spending contains some of the loosest restrictions yet on transferring Guantanamo prisoners, including possibly to the United States for detention, trial or medical care.

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Filed under: Guantanamo • President Obama
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