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  • U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) (L) celebrates with supporters after a vote to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), legislation to ban workplace discrimination against gays, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington November 7, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    Senate Passes Bill To Ban Discrimination Against Gay Workers

    WASHINGTON – The Democratic-led Senate, reflecting a major shift in the past decade in public opinion, passed a bipartisan bill on Thursday to outlaw discrimination against gay workers. But the measure faces an uphill struggle in the Republican-led House of Representatives.
    The […]

  • This photo taken Nov. 6, 2013 shows Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Finance Committee. Insurance cancellations are fueling a political backlash against President Barack Obama and Democrats who supported his health care overhaul, but they may also be an economic silver lining for the health law itself. It’s Economics 101, but there are winners and losers. By shifting people who are currently insured into the new health care markets, it would reduce risks,  bringing in customers already known to insurers. That’s painful for those who end up paying higher premiums, but taxpayers could come out ahead.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Canceled Policies Could Be A Plus For New Markets

    WASHINGTON  — Insurance cancellations are fueling a political backlash against President Barack Obama and Democrats supporting his health care overhaul, but they may be a silver lining for the law itself.
    It’s Economics 101, a little-noticed consequence of a controversial policy […]

  • Andrew Parker the head of M15, John Sawers the head of M16 and Iain Lobban GCHQ director (L-R) are seen attending an Intelligence and Security Committee hearing at Parliament, in this still image taken from video in London November 7, 2013. REUTERS/UK Parliament via REUTERS TV

    UK Spy Chiefs Emerge From Shadows To Blast Edward Snowden

    LONDON  – Britain’s intelligence chiefs used their first ever joint public appearance to complain that documents leaked by former U.S. intelligence operative Edward Snowden had put secret operations at risk and were being “lapped up” by al Qaeda.
    In an unprecedented […]

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  • President Barack Obama and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. Obama is traveling to Dallas to pitch health care and raise money for Democratic party. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama Meets With Senate Dems On Health Care

    WASHINGTON  — Senators from President Barack Obama’s own party pressed him in person on Wednesday to extend the enrollment deadline for Americans to sign up for health insurance because of the malfunctioning website.
    Obama invited Senate Democrats facing re-election next year […]

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, center, is greeted by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, right, as she is escorted by the committee's Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, prior to testifying before the committee's hearing on the difficulties plaguing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The massive failure at healthcare.gov website is getting new criticism for lack of proper cybersecurity protections.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Sebelius Takes GOP Criticism Over “Obamacare”

    WASHINGTON — Republicans blistered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday over the nation’s controversial health care law, bluntly challenging her honesty, pushing for her resignation and demanding unsuccessfully she concede that President Barack Obama deliberately misled the […]

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the difficulties plaguing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act,. The massive failure at healthcare.gov website is getting new criticism for lack of proper cybersecurity protections.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Sebelius: Couple Of Hundred Website Fixes Required

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prodded to be more candid with Congress, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday the administration’s flawed health care website needed a couple of hundred fixes when it went online more than a month ago […]

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  • File-This April 17, 2013 file photo Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. questions Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as she testifies on Capitol Hill before the committee's hearing on President Barack Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2014. After warning months ago that a “train wreck” was coming in implementing the nation’s new health care law, Baucus now says he thinks the rollout can get back on track after a bumbling beginning. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite,File)

    Sebelius Faces Lawmakers Anew On Health Care Law

     
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is returning to Capitol Hill for a fresh interrogation on the health care law, this time from senators with growing concerns about President Barack Obama’s crowning legislative achievement.
    Sebelius was due to […]

  • Vice President Joe Biden, center, accompanied by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., left,  speaks at a campaign event for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, right, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Annandale, Va. On Tuesday, Virginia voters go to the polls to choose between McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli for the next governor.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    McAuliffe Elected Governor Of Va. Over Cuccinelli

    TYSONS CORNER, Va. (AP) — Terry McAuliffe wrested the governor’s office from Republicans on Tuesday, capping an acrimonious campaign that was driven by a crush of negative advertising, non-stop accusations of dodgy dealings and a tea party-backed nominee who tested […]

  • New Jersey first lady, Mary Pat Christie, laughs as husband, Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, jokes with the media after they voted in Mendham Township, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Christie is facing Democratic challenger Barbara Buono in Tuesday's election. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Christie Re-elected Governor of New Jersey

    ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie was re-elected with ease Tuesday, demonstrating the kind of broad, bipartisan appeal that will serve as his opening argument should he seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
    With 83 percent of precincts […]

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  • Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe answers questions from the media after voting on election day in McLean, Va. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. At right of McAuliffe are his wife Dorothy and son Peter. / AP/Jacquelyn Martin

    Democrat McAuliffe Wins Virginia Governor’s Race

    Democrat Terry McAuliffe has narrowly defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the closely watched Virginia’s governor race on Tuesday, NBC and CBS television said.
    State election board figures showed McAuliffe, a Democratic Party insider leading Cuccinelli, a favorite of the Republicans’ Tea […]

  • Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, center, accompanied by Ken Thompson, fifth from right, candidate for Brooklyn district attorney, meet potential voters on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in the Crown Heights section of New York's borough of Brooklyn.  De Blasio, 52, seems poised to become the first Democrat elected mayor in more than a generation, replacing Michael Bloomberg who helmed the nation's biggest city for 12 years.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    De Blasio Is Elected Mayor of New York

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bill de Blasio was elected New York City’s first Democratic mayor in two decades Tuesday, running on an unabashedly liberal, tax-the-rich platform that contrasted sharply with billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s record during 12 years in office.
    De Blasio, […]

  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) speaks to the media, as his wife Mary Pat smiles, after casting his vote during the New Jersey governor election in Mendham Township, New Jersey, November 5, 2013. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

    Christie Easily Re-elected NJ Governor

    Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cruised to re-election Tuesday night – and appeared headed for a large margin of victory – amid talk of a 2016 presidential run. Democrats battled for a sweep of top offices in Virginia that […]

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  • VIDEO: New York City Voters Explain Their Choice for Mayor

    VIDEO: New York City Voters Explain Their Choice for Mayor

    New York City voters went to the polls Tuesday to choose their next mayor from a field that included leading candidates Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, and Joe Lhota, a Republican.

  • Toronto Mayor Apologizes For Smoking Crack, Will Not Resign

    Toronto Mayor Apologizes For Smoking Crack, Will Not Resign

    Nov. 5 – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apologizes profusely for smoking crack cocaine but insists he’ll keep his job and run for office again next year. Mana Rabiee reports.

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on his weekly radio show at News Talk 1010 in Toronto November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Admits He Smoked Crack Cocaine

    TORONTO  – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted on Tuesday that he has smoked crack cocaine, probably “in one of my drunken stupors,” but insisted he’s not an addict.
    Speaking just days after Toronto’s police chief confirmed that police have recovered a […]

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  • Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, testifies before a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on "Affordable Care Act Implementation on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 29, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

    U.S. Agency Says Working On Plan For People Hit By Obamacare Rollout

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration, beset by criticism over the botched opening of its new healthcare insurance website, says it is working on a plan to appease hundreds of thousands of people whose coverage has been canceled and millions of […]

  • Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe leaves Spring Hill Elementary School after voting, accompanied by his daughter Mary, left, and wife Dorothy on election day in McLean, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Local, Not U.S., Issues At Play In Tuesday Voting

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Big judgments about the direction of the country will have to wait on this Election Day as voters around the country express opinions on a couple of governors’ races, several mayoral races and a host […]

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    Poll: Older Americans Nix Social Security Changes

    CHICAGO (AP) — Raise the age at which you can begin collecting full Social Security benefits? Older Americans say no. They also veto reductions in the cost-of-living increase.
    But a poll finds support among those 50 and older for raising the […]

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  • FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall about the federal health care law. Now is when Americans start figuring out that President Barack Obama's health care law goes beyond political talk, and really does affect them and people they know. With a cranky federal website complicating access to new coverage and some consumers being notified their existing plans are going away, the potential for winners and losers is creating anxiety and confusion. A look at three broad groups: those losing coverage, those gaining coverage, and those wondering if their coverage will change.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    Obama’s Health Law Finally Gets Real For America

    WASHINGTON  — Now is when Americans start figuring out that President Barack Obama’s health care law goes beyond political talk, and really does affect them and people they know.
    With a cranky federal website complicating access to new coverage and some […]

  • President Barack Obama hugs Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe prior to speaking on McAuliffe's behalf at a campaign rally Washington Lee High School in Arlington, Va., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Rallying For McAuliffe, Obama Tears Into Tea Party

    ARLINGTON, Va.  — President Barack Obama cast Republican Ken Cuccinelli on Sunday as part of an extreme tea party faction that shut down the government, throwing the political weight of the White House behind Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final […]

  • In this video frame grab provided by LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden looks over his shoulder during a boat trip on the Moscow River in Moscow, with the Christ the Savior Cathedral in the background. LifeNews said the video was shot in September 2013 and Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, confirmed the photo's authenticity. Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop its espionage charges against him, according to a letter a German lawmaker released Friday after he met the American in Moscow. (AP Photo/LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel)   TV OUT

    White House, Lawmakers: No Clemency For Snowden

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and the leaders of the intelligence committee in Congress are rejecting National Security Agency-contractor Edward Snowden’s plea for clemency.
    “Mr. Snowden violated U.S. law,” White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday about the former systems-analyst-turned-fugitive […]

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  • Hillary Clinton sits with Chuck Schumer before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Jan. 2009.
(Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY)

    Sen. Chuck Schumer Endorses Clinton For President

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York is urging his former Senate colleague, Hillary Rodham Clinton, to run for president. In fact, he’s already endorsing her.
    Schumer, the third-ranking Democratic member of the Senate, endorsed the […]

  • FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013 file photo, Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, speaks in Blacksburg, Va. Women may hold the key in Virginia’s slash-and-burn race for governor, rendering a final judgment on a campaign marked by fights over social issues. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

    Race For Virginia Governor Could Linge On Women

    RICHMOND, Va. — Women may hold the key in Virginia’s slash-and-burn race for governor, rendering a final judgment on a campaign marked by fights over social issues.
    Democrats have not relented in their criticism of Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s positions on abortion, […]

  • FILE - In this July 15, 2013 file photo, two signs that read "Who Lobbied For This?" and "We Need Healthcare Options, Not Obstacles" are held by attendees of a rally in front of Dallas city hall where a group of nearly 200 gathered to protest the approval of sweeping new restrictions on abortion in Texas. A U.S. appeals court on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, issued a ruling reinstating most of Texas' tough new abortion restrictions, which means as many as 12 clinics will not be able to perform the procedure starting as soon as Friday. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

    Court Reinstates Most Of Texas’ New Abortion Rules

    AUSTIN, Texas  — A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that most of Texas’ tough new abortion restrictions can take effect immediately – a decision that means at least 12 clinics won’t be able to perform the procedure starting as […]

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  • VIDEO: Book Says Obama Aides Considered Replacing Biden With Clinton: NYT

    VIDEO: Book Says Obama Aides Considered Replacing Biden With Clinton: NYT

    President Barack Obama’s top aides considered replacing Vice President Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign but decided it would not significantly help, the New York Times reported, citing a new book about the campaign. According to […]

  • VIDEO: U.S. Senator Shelby Says Not Committed To Yellen For Fed

    VIDEO: U.S. Senator Shelby Says Not Committed To Yellen For Fed

    Republican Senator Richard Shelby, a critic of the U.S. Federal Reserve, said he was not committed to supporting Janet Yellen as the next US Federal Reserve chair. Yellen has lined up meetings with key senators, including Shelby, ahead of a […]

  • Senators: What’s The Strategy In Syria?

    Senators: What’s The Strategy In Syria?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration officials defended U.S. efforts in Syria Thursday against blistering criticism from Republicans who claim Washington has goals, but no strategy to find a solution that would end the bloody conflict affecting nations throughout the Mideast.
    Robert […]

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  • In this Oct. 24, 2013 photo temporary City Of Houston employee Lida Moreno, left, and colleagues count out Spanish language brochures for Enroll America in preparation of a door-to-door distribution in Houston. Houston is trying to reach more than 1 million people across 600 square miles who don’t have health insurance and connect them with the new federal health insurance program that began accepting applications this month. The push is happening in one of the nation’s reddest states, an example of the gap between the vitriolic political opposition to President Barack Obama’s signature initiative in some conservative bastions and the actual response to it by local officials. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Cities In Red States Push Federal Health Plan

    HOUSTON (AP) — The scene in a city-owned building may look like a hurricane has swept through Houston: Nurses giving vaccine shots, people scurrying around with files and papers and officials leaning over computers helping bleary-eyed parents fill out forms […]

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the difficulties plaguing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Partisan sparks were flying in Congress on Tuesday as Sebelius, President Barack Obama's top health official apologized for wasting consumers' time as they tried to use the crippled website that allows them to buy government mandated health insurance under the overhaul known as Obamacare. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    FACT CHECK: GOP Asks Sebelius For The Impossible

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s what some Republicans want to know: If Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius thinks the new health insurance marketplace is going to be so great, why doesn’t she get her own coverage from it?
    The answer […]

  • U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is sworn in to testify before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing about issues and complications with the Affordable Care Act enrollment website, on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 30, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

    Top Obamacare Official Says Website A ‘Debacle’, Points To Insurers

    WASHINGTON  – The U.S. government’s top health official on Wednesday called the rollout of the website that is central to President Barack Obama’s signature insurance reform a “debacle” but blamed insurers for cancelling the health plans of hundreds of thousands […]

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  • FILE - In this April 11, 2013, file photo, a home in the process of being raised is seen in the Broad Channel section of Queens, New York. A bipartisan group of House members and senators is pressing legislation to delay for four years changes to the federal government’s flood insurance program that are threatening to sock thousands of people with unaffordable premium hikes. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    Lawmakers Push To Delay Huge Flood Insurance Hikes

    WASHINGTON  — A bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday unveiled legislation that would delay for about four years several changes to the federal government’s flood insurance program that are threatening to sock thousands of people with unaffordable premium hikes.
    The move comes […]

  • In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, file photo, a man is reflected in paneling as he speaks on his phone at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show, in Barcelona, Spain. A Spanish newspaper published a document Monday that it said shows the U.S. National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone — the latest revelation about alleged massive U.S. spying on allies. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

    U.S. Weighing Changes After Allies Object To Spying

    WASHINGTON  — Faced with a flood of revelations about U.S. spying, President Barack Obama and key lawmakers say it’s time to look closely at surveillance programs that may have gone too far. The White House is considering ending eavesdropping on […]

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sits on a panel to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act enrollment, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    GOP Set To Question Sebelius On Health Law

    WASHINGTON  — Republicans plan to seek answers from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Obama administration’s troubled start for its health care website to buy insurance, and are raising concerns about the privacy of information that applicants […]

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  • U.S. President Barack Obama speaks with Capital Factory Founder Josh Baer (C) and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park during a tour of Capital Factory, a tech start-up incubator and co-working space in Austin, Texas, May 9, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

    Obama’s Tech Expert Becomes Target Over Healthcare Website Woes

    Todd Park has gone from steering his healthcare information technology company through a blockbuster IPO to occasionally sleeping on a mat in his office while working to repair the troubled new U.S. government healthcare website.
    Park, the chief technology officer for […]

  • From left, Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president of CGI Federal; Andrew Slavitt, group executive vice president for Optum/QSSI; Lynn Spellecy, corporate counsel for Equifax Workforce Solutions; and John Lau, program director for Serco, listen to questioning on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with contractors that built the federal government's health care websites. The contractors responsible for building the troubled Healthcare.gov website say it was the government's responsibility _ not theirs _ to test it and make sure it worked. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    Website Contractors Point Fingers At Obama Admin.

    WASHINGTON  — Contractors who built the web portal for the Obama administration’s health insurance marketplace said Thursday the site’s crippling problems trace back to insufficient testing and changes that government officials made just prior to going live.
    Who’s to blame? The […]

  • Vulnerable Democrats Want ‘Obamacare’ Deadlines Moved Back

    Vulnerable Democrats Want ‘Obamacare’ Deadlines Moved Back

    WASHINGTON  — After uniting against Republican efforts earlier this month to delay President Barack Obama’s health care law, a growing number Democrats in Congress now want to extend the enrollment deadline, and one senator wants to delay the penalty for […]

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  • Healthcare.Gov Problems Are Target At Hill Hearing

    Healthcare.Gov Problems Are Target At Hill Hearing

    WASHINGTON  — The principal contractors responsible for the federal government’s troubled health insurance website say the Obama administration shares responsibility for snags that have crippled the system.
    Executives of CGI Federal, which built the federal HealthCare.gov website serving 36 states, and […]

  • Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, Humana CEO Bruce Broussard, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida CEO Patrick Geraghty, and other health care chief executive officers arrive at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, to meet with White House officials regarding President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Website Contractors Blame Obama Administration

    WASHINGTON  — The principal contractors responsible for the federal government’s trouble-plagued health insurance website say the Obama administration shares responsibility for the snags that have crippled the system.
    Executives of CGI Federal, which built the federal HealthCare.gov website serving 36 states, […]

  • From left, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, Humana CEO Bruce Broussard, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida CEO Patrick Geraghty, and other health care chief executive officers arrive at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, to meet with White House officials regarding President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Health Care Sign-Up Snags, Fix-it Efforts Detailed

    WASHINGTON — On the defensive, the Obama administration acknowledged Wednesday its problem-plagued health insurance website didn’t get enough testing before going live. It said technicians were deep into the job of fixing major computer snags but provided no timetable.
    Democratic unhappiness […]

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