Politics

4:59pm

Mon October 21, 2013
All Tech Considered

The HealthCare.gov 'Tech Surge' Is Racing Against The Clock

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 10:10 am

HealthCare.gov has been plagued with problems since the health insurance exchange site opened Oct. 1.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

A "tech surge" is underway to help clean up the code of the error-plagued HealthCare.gov site.

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3:49pm

Mon October 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Woman Who Nearly Fainted During President's Speech: 'I'm OK'

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 5:29 pm

Karmel Allison, in red dress, stands behind President Obama as he gives a speech Monday. Later, she almost fainted, briefly interrupting the address.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

A woman who nearly fainted, briefly interrupting President Obama as he spoke at the White House on Monday, says she's "OK ... just a little lightheaded."

Karmel Allison, who is pregnant and reportedly has Type 1 diabetes, stood behind the president as he spoke about problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

At one point during Obama's speech, Allison can be seen closing her eyes and looking a bit unstable. Suddenly, she begins wobbling.

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12:41pm

Mon October 21, 2013
U.S.

Obama Says He's 'Frustrated' About Health Care Site Issues

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 3:37 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with an acknowledgement of trouble by President Obama.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: OK, the president is speaking right now to reporters and others in the White House Rose Garden. Our White House correspondent Scott Horsley has been listening in. He's in our studios. Hi, Scott.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Steve.

INSKEEP: OK, the president's talking about Obamacare. What's he saying?

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12:34pm

Mon October 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama: Health Care Site Is Troubled; Affordable Care Act Is Not

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 3:05 pm

"There's no sugarcoating it: The website has been too slow," President Obama said at the White House on Monday. Obama said the health care system's online problems are being addressed.
Evan Vucci AP

The website that's meant to allow Americans to shop and sign up for new medical plans under the Affordable Care Act isn't working as well as it should, President Obama says. But he promised that the problems will be fixed — and he said the Affordable Care Act is bringing many benefits that aren't tied to those problems.

"Nobody is madder than me that the website isn't working as it should — which means that it's going to get fixed," Obama told a crowd at an outdoor address at the White House.

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12:00pm

Mon October 21, 2013
Economy

Post Shutdown, Economy Needs Restart

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 2:00 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, one blogger wants black women to be more welcome in the world of comic books, videogames and science fiction. We'll talk about her efforts to change geek culture in just a few minutes.

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9:43am

Mon October 21, 2013
The Two-Way

UPDATE: N.J. Gov. Christie Won't Fight Gay-Marriage Ruling

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 2:09 pm

The hands of Beth Asaro, left, and Joanne Schailey after they exchanged vows to become the first same-sex couple married in Lambertville, N.J., early Monday.
Rich Schultz AP

"Gov. Chris Christie announced today that he was dropping the fight against same-sex marriage in New Jersey by withdrawing his appeal of a major case that was being heard by the state Supreme Court," The Star-Ledger writes.

Christie's office has released a copy if its court filing, in which it officially withdraws its appeal.

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8:45am

Mon October 21, 2013
It's All Politics

Monday Morning Political Mix

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 11:55 am

Good morning.

Happy Tech-Surge-To-Fix-Healthcare.gov Day in your nation's capital.

In the wake of a disastrous rollout of his legacy legislation, President Obama will speak in the White House Rose Garden later this morning to declare the problems unacceptable.

And to outline how the White House has dispatched an A-Team to fix glitches that have frustrated many of the 19 million Americans that have gone online to research or sign up for insurance coverage through Healthcare.gov.

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7:57am

Mon October 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Cheney Says He Couldn't Overrule Doctors Who Declared Him Fit

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 9:43 am

Former Vice President Dick Cheney in April.
Charles Dharapak AP

Among the newsworthy moments in Dr. Sanjay Gupta's interview of former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday's 60 Minutes is a discussion about how Cheney came to be the 2000 Republican vice presidential nominee even though he had already suffered three heart attacks by that time.

Here's how CBS News' website puts it:

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5:03am

Mon October 21, 2013
Politics

Where Does The GOP Go From Here?

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 3:37 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We are joined now by the Atlantic magazine's Molly Ball, who's been writing about how Ted Cruz is shaking up the Republican Party. Good morning.

MOLLY BALL: Good morning.

MONTAGNE: What stood out for you about Ted Cruz in the piece we just heard?

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5:03am

Mon October 21, 2013
Politics

Cruz Takes Center Stage, Drawing Cheers And Jeers

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 3:37 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

Let's talk this morning about the fight for the future of the Republican Party. Let's begin with Texas Senator Ted Cruz. It was Cruz who led the fight against Obamacare that resulted in a partial government shutdown. He alienated colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and also won widespread praise from Tea Party Republicans.

NPR's Wade Goodwyn has this profile.

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