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Obama closes out the year on a low key

Obama closes out the year on a low key

President Barack Obama is closing out a difficult year in low-key fashion, with hopes for better results to come in 2014, particularly for his troubled health care law. Obama kicked…

White House under pressure to name healthcare CEO

White House under pressure to name healthcare CEO

The White House is coming under pressure from some of its closest allies on healthcare reform to name a chief executive to run its federal health insurance marketplace and allay…

After a rough 2013, Obama hopes for a better 2014

After a rough 2013, Obama hopes for a better 2014

It was a moment for Barack Obama to savor. His second inaugural address over, Obama paused as he strode from the podium last January, turning back for one last glance…

Key dates and tests for Obamacare in 2014

Key dates and tests for Obamacare in 2014

The new year brings the big test of President Barack Obama’s beleaguered health care law: Will it work? The heart of the law springs to life Wednesday, after nearly four…

Numbers tell a confused story on Obamacare

Numbers tell a confused story on Obamacare

The government churns out tons of numbers, but here’s one you won’t see: 0.0002. That’s the percentage of estimated online visitors to healthcare.gov who actually signed up for coverage the…

Unemployment benefits end Saturday for 1.3 million

Unemployment benefits end Saturday for 1.3 million

More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend, with potentially significant implications for the…

Can water projects unify a divided Congress?

Can water projects unify a divided Congress?

Big multimillion-dollar water projects, once a favorite target of good-government reformers who made them a poster child of political pork, are back in vogue as a rare force of concord…

Obama signs budget deal, new defense bill

Obama signs budget deal, new defense bill

Rounding out a tough and frustrating year, President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the…

Obamacare’s line: ‘Don’t worry, bet happy’

Obamacare’s line: ‘Don’t worry, bet happy’

The U.S. government said it was still processing thousands of sign-ups for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law on Tuesday as Americans made a final rush to…

Health care a dividing issue in 2014 races

Health care a dividing issue in 2014 races

Republicans see the 2014 midterm elections as a chance to capitalize on voter frustration with the problem-plagued health care overhaul, but the GOP first must settle a slate of Senate…