Politics

7:16am

Wed December 18, 2013
The Affordable Care Act, Explained

Your Questions About The American Health Care Act

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 8:37 am

There are many questions about the new health care law. Here are some answers.
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In recent months, NPR staff has published a series of questions-and-answer stories related to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Now we've compiled them into an interactive so you can explore answers that are most relevant to you.

There are nearly 80 questions, ranging from who's eligible to how much insurance might cost, among two dozen topics. Filter the list by selecting categories or asking questions.

Did we miss an important question? Let us know.

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6:03am

Wed December 18, 2013
Politics

Senators Laugh And Joke During Secret Santa Exchange

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:02 am

In the Senate, partisan bickering was put on hold for a brief time as senators held a holiday gift exchange Tuesday night. The idea for the Senate Secret Santa gift exchange, which is in its third year, came from Minnesota Democrat Al Franken.

5:28am

Wed December 18, 2013
Research News

Is The Primary System To Blame For Partisanship?

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:02 am

Many observers say increasing partisanship in America is the result of gerrymandered districts, which allow partisan voters to determine candidates for Congress. A new analysis tests this theory.

5:28am

Wed December 18, 2013
Politics

Tech Execs Complain About NSA During Obama Meeting

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:02 am

Leaders of some of this country's largest technology companies were at the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Obama. While the administration said the meeting would touch on a range of topics, including issues with the health care website, many of the tech executives had another matter on their minds: the National Security Agency.

7:49pm

Tue December 17, 2013
It's All Politics

Retirement Flurry Creates Openings For Both Parties In 2014

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:21 pm

Republican Rep. Tom Latham speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, on Nov. 9. Latham and two other congressmen announced Tuesday they will not seek re-election in 2014.
Justin Hayworth AP

Congress got a jolt Tuesday when three House members announced they will step down at the end of their terms, creating 2014 pickup opportunities for both parties.

The retirements of Republican Reps. Frank Wolf of Virginia and Tom Latham of Iowa came as welcome news to Democrats, who need a net gain of 17 seats to capture a House majority in the midterm elections.

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6:15pm

Tue December 17, 2013
It's All Politics

Red State Retirement Takes Democratic House Seat Out Of Play

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 7:57 pm

Utah Rep. Jim Matheson delivers a speech in October 2012. The veteran Democrat says he'll retire at the end of his seventh term.
Rick Bowmer AP

Rep. Jim Matheson announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of his term, providing Republicans with a likely House seat pickup in 2014.

With a tough re-election fight looming in his conservative Salt Lake City-area district, the Utah Democrat decided against seeking another term in the House.

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4:59pm

Tue December 17, 2013
Politics

After Key Vote, Senate Poised To Pass Congressional Budget Deal

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

On Capitol Hill today, a truce in the budget wars. A dozen Republican senators agreed to let a bipartisan budget deal proceed to a final vote. That was the bill's last obstacle. It's expected to easily garner the 51 votes it needs for passage.

But as NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, the deal still has many critics in the Senate on both sides of the aisle.

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4:59pm

Tue December 17, 2013
Politics

Obama Meets With Tech Leaders, Taps Microsoft Exec To Fix HealthCare.gov

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block. The government's health insurance website has a new Mr. Fixit. The Obama administration has hired a former Microsoft executive to oversee improvements. Kurt DelBene will take over for Jeff Zients, the former management consultant and White House staffer who was brought in in late October to help turn the troubled website around.

News of DelBene's appointment comes as President Obama met today with a group of high tech CEOs. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

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3:47pm

Tue December 17, 2013
It's All Politics

Bridge Controversy Could Take Toll On Chris Christie's Future

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 5:17 pm

The George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J., on Sept. 2, just days before lanes were closed under mysterious circumstances.
Mel Evans AP

Were access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, the nation's busiest span, closed as political retribution against a mayor who didn't publicly endorse New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's re-election?

The governor denies that politics played a role in the traffic-snarling decision, but the controversy has put an ever-growing stain on Christie's glossy November re-election victory. And the episode could have an impact on Christie's White House ambitions.

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2:37pm

Tue December 17, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama's Year Of Disappointing The Liberal Base

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 9:56 am

President Obama talks about drones and national security earlier this year at the National Defense University in Washington.
Carolyn Kaster AP

It's been a long, disappointing year for many of President Obama's most ardent supporters.

From drones and Syria to immigration and the Keystone XL pipeline, the list of issues on which the president has induced frustration and disillusionment is not a short one.

And fallout from that restive base is reflected in Obama's dismal year-end poll numbers.

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