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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 […]

Obama would consider changing name of Washington Redskins

Obama would consider changing name of Washington Redskins

  President Barack Obama says he would “think about changing” the Washington Redskins‘ name if he owned the football team as he waded into the controversy involving a word that many consider offensive to Native Americans. Obama, in an interview with The Associated Press, said team names such as the Redskins offend “a sizable group […]

Obama claims he expects Congress to raise debt ceiling

Obama claims he expects Congress to raise debt ceiling

President Barack Obama says he doesn’t expect Congress to breach the deadline to increase the nation’s borrowing limit. He says he’s willing to negotiate changes to his signature health care law and to find ways to reduce spending, but stresses he will not bargain until after Congress reopens the government and passed a new debt […]

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 […]

Congress set to grant back pay to federal workers idled by shutdown

Congress set to grant back pay to federal workers idled by shutdown

A partial government shutdown enters its fifth day, with Congress convening for a session that promises no progress in breaking the impasse but will at least offer back pay to furloughed federal workers. The GOP House is scheduled Saturday to vote on legislation backed by the White House and congressional Democrats that would make sure […]

Both sides look for political advantage in shutdown debable

Both sides look for political advantage in shutdown debable

Republicans and Democrats have wasted little time trying to use the first federal government shutdown in a generation for political advantage ahead of next year’s midterm elections, seizing on the plight of furloughed workers and shuttered government services to cast blame on each other. A year out from Election Day and just days into the […]

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 […]

No end in sight for politically-driven government shutdown

No end in sight for politically-driven government shutdown

Prospects for a swift end to the 4-day-old partial government shutdown all but vanished Friday as lawmakers squabbled into the weekend and increasingly shifted their focus to a midmonth deadline for averting a threatened first-ever default. “This isn’t some damn game,” said House Speaker John Boehner, as the White House and Democrats held to their […]

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 […]

GOP aides: Votes exists to join Democrats and pass a clean CR

GOP aides:  Votes exists to join Democrats and pass a clean CR

Aides to Republican members of Congress tell Capitol Hill Blue that they have the votes necessary to combine with Democrats to pass a clean continuing resolution but complain that Speaker John Boehner is resisting bringing any measure to the floor if it comes over from the other body. “Boehner is afraid of the hard-core conservative […]