Politics

4:12pm

Tue October 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Texas Asks Court To Reinstate Abortion Restrictions

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott delivers comments at the 43rd Annual National Right To Life Convention on Thursday.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has asked a federal appeals court judge to grant an emergency ruling allowing the state to enforce an anti-abortion law struck down by a lower court on Monday.

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12:55pm

Tue October 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Aide Apologizes For HealthCare.gov's Troubled Launch

Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, during her testimony Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
Shawn Thew EPA/LANDOV
  • Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner apologizes for problems with HealthCare.gov
  • Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner says progress has been made

The first of two days worth of hearings about the problems plaguing HealthCare.gov got going Tuesday with an apology for the botched rollout from Marilyn Tavenner — administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. As It's All Politics noted earlier, she heads the agency "that oversaw the ill-fated website project."

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12:30pm

Tue October 29, 2013
It's All Politics

Long Shot Could Play Spoiler Role In Kentucky Senate Race

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 2:00 pm

Kentucky Senate candidate Ed Marksberry, who's running as an independent, speaks during the 133rd Annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., in August.
Stephen Lance Dennee AP

Ed Marksberry is the longest of long shots against Kentucky GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell.

While the unknown Democrat turned independent is given little chance of defeating the Senate minority leader, Marksberry could still play an important role in the 2014 race — as a spoiler candidate in a contest that many expect will be decided by a close margin.

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12:11pm

Tue October 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Jesse Jackson Jr. Begins Prison Term Several Days Early

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 1:26 pm

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois leaves federal court in August after being sentenced to 30 months in prison. Jackson reported to prison in North Carolina several days before the Nov. 1 deadline.
Susan Walsh AP

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has begun his prison sentence, resolving a brief period of confusion over his status. It seems that Jackson tried to turn himself in to federal prison officials Monday — but he was four days early. The official deadline for his surrender for a 30-month prison term had been set for Friday.

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11:10am

Tue October 29, 2013
The Two-Way

READ: Bipartisan Bill To End NSA's Domestic Bulk Collection

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 11:29 am

Bipartisan concern on Capitol Hill about data from Americans' phone and Internet records being vacuumed up by the National Security Agency has led to an unusual alliance involving a prominent House Republican and a veteran Senate Democrat.

NPR's Larry Abramson writes that:

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9:11am

Tue October 29, 2013
It's All Politics

Tuesday Political Mix: Obamacare Official In The Batter's Box

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 9:39 am

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, (who we're sure was not intentionally making the "choke" sign) and Marilyn Tavenner, head of the HHS agency that oversaw the Obamacare website project.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Good Tuesday morning, fellow political junkies.

As you go through your day, keep this in mind: at least you're not Marilyn Tavenner. When critics of the Obama administration's botched launch of the Affordable Care Act call for heads to metaphorically roll, Tavenner, the top official of the Health and Human Services agency that oversaw the ill-fated website project, is high on that list.

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8:03am

Tue October 29, 2013
History

That's Not What She Said? 7 Quotes You May Be Getting Wrong

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 11:40 am

Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

NPR's Scott Horsley reported Monday on questions about a famous quote attributed to the late Winston Churchill. Did the former British prime minister say it? Take this interactive quiz to find out — and see if you can find the correct speaker for other famous comments.

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6:20pm

Mon October 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Sen. Feinstein: 'Total Review' Of NSA Activities Needed

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 7:00 pm

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein during a hearing in September on Capitol Hill.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is calling for a "total review" of spying operations directed against foreign leaders.

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5:30pm

Mon October 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

More Technical Issues For Obamacare, But Good News For Medicare

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 5:02 pm

Gone is the smiling young woman who used to grace HealthCare.gov. Now it's time to get down to work.
www.HealthCare.gov

Monday was yet another troubled day for the Affordable Care Act.

Sunday night, the outside vendor that operates two key parts of the website that lets people browse and sign up for health insurance experienced a failure.

The failure took place at a vendor called Verizon Terremark and presumably affected other clients as well as HealthCare.gov, the federal website that people use to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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5:21pm

Mon October 28, 2013
Politics

Pelosi: Rollout Of Affordable Care Act Was 'Unacceptable'

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 12:15 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

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