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Enrollments For The Health Care Exchanges Trickle In, Slowly

The Obama administration projected that within the first month of open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, half a million individuals or families would sign up. Nearly three weeks in, the actual number of enrollments looks to be much smaller. Technical issues have been a big factor.
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Gray To Announce Whether He Will Seek Re-Election

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he plans to announce "within the next few weeks" whether he plans to seek re-election.


Can The GOP Put Its Internal Feuds Behind It?

This week, politicians and pundits of almost all persuasions seemed to agree that the Republican Party took a hit from the shutdown. But Jonah Goldberg of the National Review sees a path forward. Hos Scott Simon talks with Goldberg about how the party can put its schisms behind it.

Shutdown Is Wrapped Up, But Other Issues Are Starting To Unfold

The U.S. is back from the brink after a deal to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling, but more crises may be on the horizon with a compromise budget due by mid-December and the federal government only funded through Jan. 15. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving about what comes next.

'It Takes A Crisis': How '73 Embargo Fueled Change In U.S.

When Saudia Arabia cut off direct oil shipments to the U.S. 40 years ago, the country was thrown into shock. Calls for energy independence grew louder. The U.S. is now producing more of its own oil and natural gas than ever, but the commitment to efficiency has been uneven.

Tom Foley, A House Speaker Who Embraced Compromise And Comity

Foley, who died Friday at age 84, was in some ways ideally suited to be speaker. A generation ago he held together the regional and ideological factions of his own Democratic party while speaking calm and consistent reason to his foes across the aisle.

Money For Dam Project In Shutdown Deal Riles Conservatives

When Congress voted to end the shutdown, the measure also included $2 billion for a troubled lock and dam project on the Ohio River. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, a supporter of the project, has been attacked by hard-line conservatives who call it pork-barrel spending, but he says he didn't put it in the bill.

Tea Party Activist: It Was Worth 'Getting In The Ring'

It's been a tough week for the Tea Party and its supporters in Congress. But activist Sal Russo and others say that their movement isn't going away. They're looking ahead to next year's midterm elections, as well as to next month's local races.

Conservative Group Backs Challenge To 'Liberal' McConnell

Two days after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell helped broker a deal to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, the Senate Conservatives Fund announced it will support his GOP primary election challenger in Kentucky.

Former Defense Dept. Lawyer Tapped To Head Homeland Security

President Obama nominated former Defense Department lawyer Jeh Johnson to lead the Department of Homeland Security Friday. If confirmed by the Senate, Johnson would replace Janet Napolitano, who stepped down in August to lead the University of California.