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Obama to Americans: Don’t give up on my health care

Obama to Americans: Don’t give up on my health care

Defending the shaky rollout of his health care law, President Barack Obama said frustrated Americans “definitely shouldn’t give up” on the problem-plagued program now at the heart of his dispute with Republicans over reopening the federal government. Obama said public interest far exceeded the government’s expectations, causing technology glitches that thwarted millions of Americans when […]

Obamacare web site ‘down for repairs’

Obamacare web site ‘down for repairs’

It’s not the sign the Obama administration wants people to see on its health overhaul website: Down for repairs. Using overnight hours this weekend to debug the system, the Health and Human Service Department hopes to fix the technological problems that overwhelmed the launch of new health insurance markets. Glitches have frustrated millions of consumers […]

Woman killed near Capitol was delusional, federal cop says

Woman killed near Capitol was delusional, federal cop says

The Connecticut woman who was shot to death outside the U.S. Capitol after trying to ram her car through a White House barrier had been under the delusion the president was communicating with her, a federal law enforcement official said Friday. The woman’s mother said she had been suffering from postpartum depression. Miriam Carey’s killing […]

Shutdown ruins fall vacation plans, hurts local economies

Shutdown ruins fall vacation plans, hurts local economies

Stop at a cafe in the remote stretches of northern Arizona and southern Utah in the fall, and you’re likely to hear a mix of languages as tourists from around the world step into the iconic western landscape, marked by breathtaking canyons and massive rock formations. Millions of visitors tour the region each year for […]

Shutdown threatens women, infants and children nutrition program

Shutdown threatens women, infants and children nutrition program

Jacob Quick is a fat and happy 4-month-old with a big and expensive appetite. Like millions of other poor women, Jacob’s mother relies on the federal Women, Infants and Children program to pay for infant formula — aid that is now jeopardized by the government shutdown. Pennsylvania and other states say they can operate WIC […]

Questions over police shooting of unarmed woman near Capitol

Questions over police shooting of unarmed woman near Capitol

Law enforcement authorities were investigating why a Connecticut woman tried to breach a barrier at the White House, setting off a high-speed car chase that put the Capitol on lockdown and ended with her being shot dead by police. The harrowing chase Thursday unfolded between two national landmarks, briefly shuttered the chambers where federal lawmakers […]

Some federal agencies keep on truckin’ during shutdown

Some federal agencies keep on truckin’ during shutdown

As many high-profile agencies sit idle because of the federal government shutdown, others are humming along just fine, thank you. Many of them have escaped the fiscal ax because they pay much of their own way, or enjoy a revenue stream that’s insulated from Congress. That means the cable bill and weekly grocery ads will […]

Business leaders have had it with the GOP

Business leaders have had it with the GOP

Having failed to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown, business leaders fear bigger problems ahead, and they’re taking sides with a Democratic president whose health care and regulatory agenda they have vigorously opposed. President Barack Obama is embracing the business outreach, eager to employ groups like the U.S. Chamber […]

Shutdown instructions go out to federal workers

Shutdown instructions go out to federal workers

Federal workers will still have to report to work for about four hours Tuesday even though the government is shutting down. With no late deal averting the midnight Monday shutdown, several federal agencies say employees would be limited to doing work related to the shutdown, including changing voicemail messages, posting an out-of-office message on email, […]