Joe Manchin

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about his signature health care law, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

From Obama, a blunt acceptance of blame

WASHINGTON (AP) — “We fumbled the rollout on this health care law.” “That’s on me.” “It was insufficient.” Again and again, President Barack Obama on Thursday shouldered the blame for his botched health care rollout […]

11/14/2013

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Sebelius to face tough questioning on health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans said Sunday they intend to press Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Obama administration’s troubled launch of healthcare.gov, the online portal to buy insurance, and concerns about the […]

10/27/2013

Paper work to sign-up for new plans through a health insurance exchange. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Democrats want ‘Obamacare’ deadlines moved back

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 […]

10/24/2013

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., walks to his office after arriving on Capitol Hill on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Obama calls Hill leaders to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called congressional leaders to the White House on Monday in search of a quick end to an impasse that threatens an unprecedented Treasury default later this week and has […]

10/14/2013

The U.S. Capitol, Washington DC. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Senators ready to restore lower college loan rates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are ready to offer students a better deal on their college loans this fall, but future classes could see higher interest rates. The Senate could vote as early as Thursday on […]

07/18/2013

Student loans

Back to negotiations after student loan plan fails

WASHINGTON (AP) — The defeat of a student loan bill in the Senate on Wednesday clears the way for fresh negotiations to restore lower rates, but lawmakers are racing the clock before millions of students […]

07/10/2013

Newtown, Connecticut Town Seal

Moment of silence marks 6 months since Newtown

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown held a moment of silence Friday for the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School at a remembrance event that doubled as a call to action on gun […]

06/14/2013

US President Barack Obama (AP Photo)

Obama orders new economic sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turning the screw on Iran and its nuclear program, the Obama administration imposed new sanctions Monday on Iran’s currency and auto industry, seeking to render Iranian money useless outside the country and […]

06/03/2013

Sandy Hook Elementary School

Education Department giving Newtown $1.3 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — Schools in Newtown, Conn., will receive $1.3 million in federal aid to recover after the shootings that left 26 students and educators dead last year. Education Secretary Arne Duncan planned to announce […]

05/23/2013

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Senators discuss changing background checks bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators backing gun control are discussing ways to revise the defeated Senate background check bill to help win the votes they need to resuscitate the measure. Among the changes they might consider […]

05/08/2013

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