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  • Policy cancellations: Obama will allow old plans

    DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent|Updated Nov 14, 2013

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he hears Americans who are upset about losing their health insurance "loud and clear" and is offering a fix. Obama on Thursday announced that insurance companies can keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be cancelled. The president noted that the first-month enrollment numbers in health care plans under his law are lagging and he isn't happy about it. He said that "we fumbled the roll-out" of the program. And he vowed to build a better health care system for every A... Full story

  • Republicans back at work cutting spending

    DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — Moving quickly on their own priorities, House Republicans pushed legislation to abolish partial public financing of presidential campaigns on Wednesday, one day after a State of the Union address in which President Barack Obama pronounced the country "poised for progress" and beckoned lawmakers of both parties to make job creation their common goal. Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the program was a prime example of wasteful spending the nation cannot afford in an era of record federal deficits and mounting debt.... Full story

  • GOP block Democratic tax plans on upper-incomes

    DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans blocked legislation Saturday to let upper-income tax cuts expire on Jan. 1, a showdown scripted by Democrats eager to showcase GOP lawmakers as defenders of millionaires. "Do we want to extend those tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires at a time of huge deficits. I would argue vociferously we shouldn't," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., shortly before the votes. Republicans countered that no taxes should be raised at a time the economy is recovering from a recession. "It is the most a... Full story

  • Jubilant GOP wins the House, falls short of Senate

    DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent

    new balance-of-power for Congress will be available,election_night_2010. AP Video. DAVID ESPO,AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Resurgent Republicans won control of the House and cut deeply into the Democrats' majority in the Senate in momentous midterm elections shadowed by recession, ushering in a new era of divided government certain to complicate the final two years of President Barack Obama's term. House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner, voice breaking with emotion, declared shortly before midnight Tuesday t...