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People try to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at a kiosk setup at the Mall of Americas on Dec. 22, 2013 in Miami.

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People try to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at a kiosk setup at the Mall of Americas on Dec. 22, 2013 in Miami.

Health-Care Law Support Hits New Low, Poll Shows

Support for President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law has reached its nadir, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released today. The survey shows 62 percent of Americans opposing the law, the highest total since CNN began polling on the issue...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13, 2013.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13, 2013.

Harry Reid Hospitalized ‘For Observation,’ Spokesman Says

Updated at 10:30 am EST The Senate convened this morning without Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is in the hospital  for observation and will miss today’s session. His spokesman, Adam Jentleson, said today that the Nevada Democrat, who turned 74 earlier this month,...

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Sakoun Khanthanoua with an insurance marketplace pamphlet while waiting to speak to a health navigator at an education and enrollment event in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Sakoun Khanthanoua with an insurance marketplace pamphlet while waiting to speak to a health navigator at an education and enrollment event in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Obamacare Partisans Getting Personal

Forget government shutdowns. The partisans in Washington have decided the battle over Obamacare will be won or lost by the Mary Todds from Virginia, Johns from North Carolina and Emilys from Louisiana. The latest battleground in the war of anecdotes...

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Family members reunite through bars and mesh of the U.S.-Mexico border fence at Friendship Park on Nov. 17, 2013 in San Diego, California.

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Family members reunite through bars and mesh of the U.S.-Mexico border fence at Friendship Park on Nov. 17, 2013 in San Diego, California.

Obama With New Lobbyist: ‘Going to See Through’ Immigration

The White House has a new legislative affairs director. Many would contend that it needs one. The rare show of bipartisanship that resulted in the House’s overwhelming passage of a $1-trillion budget last night — with the Senate ready to...

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An adult cicada emerges from its skin in Virginia on May 17, 2013.

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An adult cicada emerges from its skin in Virginia on May 17, 2013.

‘Republicans Are Like Cicadas:’ Cole

“I guess Republicans are like cicadas.” – Rep. Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican, on the apparent need of his party to rise every 17 years and shut down the federal government. Cole, the only member of his state’s delegation who...

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks at the Community Health and Social Services Center in Detroit on Nov. 15, 2013 .

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks at the Community Health and Social Services Center in Detroit on Nov. 15, 2013 .

Selling Obamacare: Three-Week Run

When all else fails, call in the salesman. The White House, insistent that its failing HealthCare.Gov is finally on the mend, is rolling out its salesman-in-chief for the Affordable Care Act, that law formerly known around the West Wing as...

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A healthcare reform specialist helps people select insurance plans at the free Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Fair at Pasadena City College on Nov. 19, 2013 in Pasadena, California.

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A healthcare reform specialist helps people select insurance plans at the free Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Fair at Pasadena City College on Nov. 19, 2013 in Pasadena, California.

Obamacare: Mission ‘In Progress’

“Mission Accomplished.” It can be a treacherous declaration, in the political sphere, if it’s proven wrong. Today, the healthcare.gov website that is supposed to serve as the Internet portal to health insurance for millions of Americans lacking it can accommodate...

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Law enforcement officers line up on the lawn on the east side of the U.S. Capitol during the 32nd annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service.

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Law enforcement officers line up on the lawn on the east side of the U.S. Capitol during the 32nd annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service.

Congressional Power Upset Unlikely: Cook’s Wasserman and Duffy

The way things stand, don’t look for an upset of congressional control next year. That’s the  way some of the most expert readers of the district-by-district and state-by-state tea leaves see it. Jennifer Duffy and David Wasserman of the Cook...

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