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White House Deadline For Healthcare.gov A Mistake?

This photo of part of the HealthCare.gov website is photographed in Washington, on Nov. 29, 2013. The beleaguered health insurance website has had periods of down times as as the government tries to fix the problems. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
This photo of part of the HealthCare.gov website is photographed in Washington, on Nov. 29, 2013. The beleaguered health insurance website has had periods of down times as as the government tries to fix the problems. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Federal health care exchanges are key to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, yet glitches with the healthcare.gov have kept millions of people locked out of the website. As administration officials frantically sought to recover from the negative publicity they told reporters they'd have it functioning by tonight at midnight. Officials say they're on target to meet tonight s deadline but Northern Virginia Democrat Jim Moran says it was foolish to pick a random date.

"They shouldn't have created the deadline. It shouldn't mean anything. But once you say we'll have it done by Nov. 30, it takes on a life of its own and unfortunately they've done that," Moran said. 

D.C. and Maryland are running their own health exchanges, but uninsured Virginians are dependent on the federal health exchange.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
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Obama's Trip to Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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