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This photo provided by HHS shows the main landing web page for HealthCare.gov. (AP Photo/HHS)

Obama’s tarnished health care law at a crossroads

WASHINGTON (AP) — All things good, bad and unpredictable converge Jan. 1 for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul as the law’s major benefits take effect, along with an unpopular insurance mandate and a risk […]

12/31/2013

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive to speak to members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama ringing in new year in low-key fashion

HONOLULU (AP) — 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 off the […]

12/31/2013

In this image released by The White House, Bo, left, and Sunny, the Obama family dogs, on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. The White House says the Obamas have added Sunny, a Portuguese Water Dog like Bo, to the first family. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)

Even Obama dogs jump through hoops to enter Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — It doesn’t matter that they belong to President Barack Obama — first family dogs Bo and Sunny had to go through Hawaii’s strict quarantine procedures to travel to the islands for their […]

12/30/2013

The HealthCare.gov website. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Federal health care sign-ups pass 1 million mark

HONOLULU (AP) — The government’s rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration says. Combined with numbers for state-run markets, that […]

12/30/2013

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Total sign-ups for Obama health plans estimated at 2M as December surge propels federal market

HONOLULU (AP) — The Obama administration says a December surge has propelled health insurance sign-ups through the federal government’s website past the 1 million mark. Independent experts say when numbers for state-run markets are reported, […]

12/29/2013

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Dec. 25, 2013, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama signs bipartisan budget deal, defense bill

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, marking a modest end to a challenging year […]

12/26/2013

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive to speak to members of the military and their families in Anderson Hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In Christmas tradition, Obama honors US military

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama stepped away from the seclusion of his quiet Hawaii vacation for what’s become a Christmas tradition: paying tribute to U.S. troops and the sacrifices their families make […]

12/26/2013

Part of the HealthCare.gov website that notes to enroll by Dec. 23 for coverage starting Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

In symbolic step, Obama enrolls in health exchange, but won’t use it

HONOLULU (AP) — He won’t use it, and he didn’t actually sign up for it himself, but President Barack Obama has enrolled for health coverage through the new insurance exchanges. Announcing his enrollment Monday, the […]

12/23/2013

President Barack Obama smiles as he prepares to answer a question during an end-of-the year news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Dec. 20, 2013.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama puts a rosy spin on rough presidential year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Putting a rosy spin on a difficult year, President Barack Obama acknowledged frustrating “ups and downs” on Friday but exulted that the improving economy is creating new jobs and claimed crucial progress […]

12/20/2013

President Barack Obama speaks during an end-of-the year news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Dec. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama says 2014 can be breakthrough year for America’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing progress on the economy, President Barack Obama said at his annual year-end news conference Friday that 2014 “can be a breakthrough year for America” after a long season of recession and […]

12/20/2013

Dec. 11, 2013: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., presides over his committee's hearing on "Continued Oversight of U.S. Government Surveillance Authorities," on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

NSA debate shifts in favor of surveillance limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sharp and unexpected shift, the national debate over U.S. government surveillance seems to be turning in favor of reining in the National Security Agency’s expansive spying powers at home and […]

12/19/2013

President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama commutes sentences for 8 drug convictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug sentences in the most expansive use yet of his power to free inmates. All […]

12/19/2013

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