Traffic on the government's health insurance website this week will test whether technical repairs have succeeded in boosting the website's capacity. Technical teams have been working to patch bugs and expand the website's capacity. But there were times on Monday when some users still had to be pushed into an online waiting room.
More than 1 million people will immediately see their extended federal unemployment benefits cut off if Congress doesn't act by the end of December. Supporters and their Democratic allies in Congress are pushing to keep the emergency program going through 2014, but it will be a tough sell.
The Republican National Commission tweeted Saturday about Parks' "bold stand in ending racism," triggering a snark avalanche. While the gaffe was relatively minor, it plays into the damaging narrative about the Republican Party — that it only pays lip service to the notion of increasing its appeal to minority voters.
After accepting responsibility for the troubled rollout, President Obama pledged that the Healthcare.gov website would be fixed and ready to go by November 30th. Host Michel Martin speaks with Mary Agnes Cary of Kaiser Health News about where the site stands now.
On Capitol Hill, another red-letter budget deadline is fast approaching. The Senate and House budget chairs are working toward an agreement on spending levels that they are supposed to be announced by the end of next week.
In this, the first week of December, the Obama administration says it has met its self-imposed deadline of fixing the troubled healthcare.gov web site. And it says people should be able to sign up for health insurance. So, is it fixed and when will we know for sure?
Scientists agree that teenagers naturally go to bed late and sleep late, too. But high school start times are traditionally very early. Proponents of later start times say they're finally getting traction. The result, they say, will be happier kids who do better in school.
It may have been an election off-year, but that didn't stifle the creativity of political ad-makers in 2013. From "Creepy Uncle Sam" to screaming donkeys, there were plenty of eye-catching spots on the airwaves — or YouTube — this year.
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