(WASHINGTON) -- The development and roll-out of the federal online health insurance marketplace has been panned inside and outside the White House as a management fiasco. But still unclear, two months after its launch, is whether any administration officials directly responsible for the project will be shown the door.
With HealthCare.gov now vastly improved, there is renewed focus on accountability for the troubled launch that came after three years of planning and more than $600 million spent. President Obama hasn't indicated who, if anybody, he might fire.
Obama hasn't been bashful about casting blame generally, on Wednesday citing "poor execution" ...Read more
(WASHINGTON) -- Scott Brown made another appearance in New Hampshire on Wednesday, visiting with potential voters in Londonderry. It’s the latest event on his Will He-Won’t He Run for U.S. Senate tour in the Granite State. So will he?
According to the Eagle-Tribune, Brown visited the Harold Square restaurant, which sounds like a stop on the campaign trail. But, in an e-mail to ABC News, Brown would only say, “Nothing has changed. I’m all set. Thanks for checking,” signing it with an “SB,” and then following up with a YouTube video of his daughter, recording artist ...Read more
(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is enlisting young people to help sell the Affordable Care Act to the demographic critical to the success of his signature law.
“This law is already making a difference for millions of young people, and it’s about to help millions more,” he said at a White House youth summit. “I'm going to need you all to spread the word about how the Affordable Care Act really works, what its benefits are, what its protections are and, most importantly, how people can sign up.”
Youth leaders from around the country were invited to the White House to help get the word out ...Read more
(WASHINGTON) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel began Wednesday’s Pentagon briefing with a lengthy announcement about how the 2,400 personnel who serve in the office of the Secretary of Defense will be reduced by 20 percent over the next five years. The reductions will be achieved through consolidation of offices, attrition and elimination of contractor jobs, and are expected to save $1 billion. Hagel said the savings might not be considered much but every little bit helps with the future budget cuts.
As for the next round of sequestration cuts next year, Hagel doesn’t foresee a congressional “rescue," ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- If the thought of President Trump doesn't make you swoon, how does Gov. Trump grab you?
New York Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis told Politico that billionaire reality TV host Donald Trump might be thinking about running for governor of the Empire State in 2014.
Malliotakis said she got the impression after Trump met with her and other lawmakers on Wednesday, adding that Trump is "certainly considering it."
Presumably, if he were to run, Trump would seek the GOP nomination to face Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo next November.
However, Trump already said in an October appearance on CBS' Late Show with ...Read more
(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said Wednesday that she won’t run for president in 2016 and intends to serve out her full six-year term as senator.
“I’m not running for president and I plan to serve out my term,” Warren said, according to a Boston Herald report Tuesday.
“I pledge to serve out my term,” she later added, when pressed about the issue.
Warren, a first-term senator from Massachusetts, has stoked speculation about a potential president bid in recent months as progressives have lauded her populist tone. Warren’s statement Wednesday may ...Read more
(WASHINGTON) -- A poll out Wednesday from Harvard University’s Institute of Politics shows that the majority of young people, a core support group throughout President Obama’s time in office, disapproves of the Affordable Care Act, with less than a third saying they would sign up, an essential element to the success of Obamacare.
The survey polled 18- to 29-year-olds, and twice as many respondents said they believe health care under the Affordable Care Act will get worse than get better -- 44 percent to 17 percent. And half of the respondents said they believe costs will increase while about 10 percent said ...Read more
(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Wednesday argued that the growing gap between the nation’s rich and poor poses “a fundamental threat to the American Dream,” as he outlined a sweeping economic agenda expected to dominate the remainder of his presidency.
Repeating familiar themes, Obama said “a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility” is jeopardizing the basic American middle-class tenet that “if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead.”
“This is the defining challenge of our time: making sure our economy works for every working American. That’s ...Read more
(WASHINGTON) -- More Americans signed up for health insurance through the federal online exchange on the first two days of December than in all of October, a source familiar with the enrollment numbers tells ABC News.
Roughly 29,000 people completed applications and selected a plan through the revamped HealthCare.gov site between midnight Sunday and midnight Tuesday, the source said. It is not clear how many of those paid their first month’s premium, which is how insurers formally define enrollment.
In October, 26,000 people selected plans through the federal system, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
The ...Read more
(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid still sees hope for an immigration bill to pass the House, telling a local newspaper on Tuesday that he thinks House Speaker John Boehner is “going to cave in.”
“I think there’s going to be so much pressure on the House that they’ll have to pass it,” Reid told the Las Vegas Sun editorial board Tuesday.
“This is an issue that isn’t going to go away,” he said. “It’s here. We have 11 million people here who ...Read more
(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is mulling a run to be the next governor of Louisiana and will make a decision about a potential 2015 bid next month.
In an e-mail to friends and supporters Wednesday, Vitter said he will weigh his options about a gubernatorial run over the Christmas break.
“Many good friends and supporters have encouraged me to run for Governor in 2015 -- to bring my focus and leadership to the challenges we face as a state,” Vitter said. “We started to consider this as a family over Thanksgiving. We certainly haven’t made our decision yet, so we’ll be reflecting and praying ...Read more
(WASHINGTON) -- John Dennis Apel says he has a First Amendment right to protest peacefully outside of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the site of missile and space launch facilities. In fact, years ago, the base commander designated a protest area near the main gate, just off of public Highway 1.
But in 2010 Apel was arrested for protesting in the designated zone. Federal officials say that because Apel had previously been arrested -- in 2003 and 2007 -- for trespassing and vandalizing property (he threw a vial of blood on a sign), he has been barred from the base. They say that the protest area is owned by the base and when ...Read more
(WASHINGTON) -- The Affordable Care Act’s tax on medical devices has few friends among Republicans and some Democrats, and former Vice President Dick Cheney, who has benefited from his share of medical devices, counts himself among its opponents.
“I think that’s one of the dumbest ideas I’ve heard. I feel very strongly about it,” Cheney said at an event at the National Press Club Tuesday night. “I’m literally walking around proof of how great and how innovative our health care system has been...But I just think it’s an example of how ill-conceived parts of this program are.”
In ...Read more
(WASHINGTON) -- After both headlines and some activists in New Jersey called Chris Christie a flip flopper on an important state immigration issue this week, a Democratic group is trying to align the New Jersey governor with controversial Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.
American Bridge, a Democratic super PAC, is pouncing on Christie for not supporting a bill passed in the Democratic-controlled state Senate that would grant in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.
ABC News got a sneak peak of a new video the group is out with, which ...Read more
(WASHINGTON) -- As the government was readying a shutdown in part over disagreements about fiscal responsibility, the State Department apparently declared a very open bar.
According to the Washington Times, the diplomatic department blew more than $180,000 on booze to re-stock its embassies and other facilities both in the U.S. and abroad before the shutdown took effect.
According to the nonprofit watchdog group the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, the last-minute spirits splurge included more