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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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Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.
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Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.
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Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches

The president has visited Prince George's County, Md., four times this year. It is the most affluent county with an African-American majority. It also happens to be very close to the White House.
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Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval?

"Selfie" may have been the 2013 word of the year. But "belfies," or "butt selfies" are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine.

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