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U.S. Budget Deficit Falls Under $1 Trillion; Lowest Since 2008

The U.S. government ran a deficit of $680 billion in the financial year that ended last month — the first time since 2008 the annual shortfall has been under $1 trillion. But as the AP reports, "It's still the fifth-largest deficit of all time."
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Notices Canceling Health Insurance Leave Many On Edge

President Obama repeatedly said that anyone who likes their current health insurance policy would be able to keep it. But insurers have sent hundreds of thousands of cancellation notices to people who buy their own coverage — and some of them face significantly higher costs to get new policies under the Affordable Care Act.
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Obama Vows HealthCare.gov Problems Will Be Fixed 'ASAP'

Speaking to an audience in Boston, the president pointed to early problems with the rollout of Massachusetts' health care overhaul. Those problems were solved, he said.
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On Capitol Hill, A Statue And A Rock God Bring Politicians Together

Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, an unlikely scene unfolded as a bust of Winston Churchill was unveiled in Statuary Hall Wednesday. The entertainment: Roger Daltrey. Who? Yes, Roger Daltrey of the 1960s rock band The Who.
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Texas' Voter ID Law Creates A Problem For Some Women

A strict voter ID law being tested in Texas is having unexpected consequences. It requires the name on voters' official ID to match with the name on their voter ID card. That's causing problems for some women, whose names changed because of marriage or divorce.
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Sebelius: Hold Me Accountable For HealthCare.gov Debacle

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified on the Affordable Care Act before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She began with an apology for the plan's troubled rollout — but then defended the law and rejected calls to extend the enrollment deadline.
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Obama Invokes Romneycare Success, Rollout Trouble In Boston Speech

President Obama traveled to Boston Wednesday, where he spoke at Fanueil Hall about the Affordable Care Act. The site of his speech is significant as the hall where then-governor Mitt Romney signed the state's health law, which was the model for the federal plan. Like Obamacare, the Massachusetts plan had a rocky rollout. Its an analogy the president touts, though one that only goes so far.
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Here's What You Need To Know About Obamacare And Your Health Plan

The latest complaints about the health law center around the question of whether you can keep your current health plan if you like it. There actually are rules associated with the law that try to protect that right. Here's a primer on those rules.
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Senator Cory Booker: Workhorse Or Show Horse?

Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker is heading to Washington. On Thursday, he'll be sworn in as a U.S. Senator, becoming one of just two African-Americans in the upper house. Host Michel Martin talks to former Senator Carol Moseley Braun and Emory University professor Andra Gillespsie about Booker's election and what it signals for the future demographics of Congress.
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Obama's 'Keep Your Health Care Plan' Pledge Fails Fact Checks

One of the president's most famous promises — "if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan" — isn't true for everyone now that the Affordable Care Act is going into effect, say nonpartisan truth squads.

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