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Senate More Than Likely To Keep Obamacare Intact

Congress has just days to avoid a government shutdown when the new fiscal year starts next Tuesday. Standing in the way is a House provision that cuts off all funding for the health care law known as Obamacare. The aim is to cripple that program just when its major provisions are about to kick in. But the Senate is not expected to pass any bill that defunds or delays Obamacare.
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Commander In Chief, Explainer In Chief Tout Health Care Law

The biggest test of the Affordable Care Act could begin next week. That's when the online marketplaces offering health care coverage to the uninsured are set to start signing people up. The question is, will they come? Obama and former President Clinton have teamed up to explain the law.
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Watch Live: Sen. Ted Cruz's Senate Floor Speech

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is standing up to oppose the president's health care law. He's getting some help from like-minded conservatives.
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Countdown To Shutdown: 6 Days

Six days before the federal government is due to shut down, Sen. Ted Cruz's fellow GOP colleagues indicated they weren't prepared to follow his lead in the anti-Obamacare fight.
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Rouhani Addresses U.N. Amid Iranian Charm Offensive

Tuesday was the opening day of the UN General Assembly in New York City. President Obama opened the session. His speech was followed by addresses from a number of foreign dignitaries, including Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.
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In U.N. Speech, Obama Calls For Diplomacy, U.S. Engagement

President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly today. In his annual speech to the U.N., he doubled down on the need for diplomacy and U.S. engagement in the world. The speech focused primarily on Syria and Iran's nuclear program.
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Obamacare Funding Fight Leaves Senate Republicans Split

A Tea Party attempt to defund Obamacare has the Senate moving in slow motion toward a bill to fund the government beyond Sept. 30. Today, Senate Republicans met in a closed-door strategy session, where a number of them were expected to register their displeasure with the defund plan and its chief proponent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
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Government Shutdown? Not Over Obamacare, Polls Say

The American public wants Congress to keep the federal government operating and deal with the health care law separately, according to a new poll. But they aren't overly optimistic that the two sides will agree on a spending bill in time to avoid a federal government shutdown on Oct. 1.
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The Cruz Control Scenario In Texas

The chatter about a possible primary challenge to Sen. John Cornyn from GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's father might get louder as a result of the government shutdown debate.
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Virginia Democrat Seeks Records Linking Cuccinelli, Star Scientific CEO

A Virginia state senator has filed a  lawsuit in Richmond, claiming his requests for records of communications between Ken Cuccinelli and political donors have been ignored.

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