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Mass surge to sign up for Obamacare

Hundreds of thousands of Americans rushed to buy President Barack Obama's new health insurance plans Monday, prompting a victory lap from a White House that paid a steep political price for its greatest achievement. The scramble to sign up under Obama's health care law at the end of a six-month enrollment window caused website glitches and long lines at on-the-spot enrollment centers. But Republicans renewed a vow to repeal the law, which they say costs jobs, handcuffs small businesses and represents a government power grab in the private health care market.

Mass surge to sign up for Obamacare

Hundreds of thousands of Americans rushed to buy President Barack Obama's new health insurance plans Monday, prompting a victory lap from a White House that paid a steep political price for its greatest achievement. The scramble to sign up under Obama's health care law at the end of a six-month enrollment window caused website glitches and long lines at on-the-spot enrollment centers. But Republicans renewed a vow to repeal the law, which they say costs jobs, handcuffs small businesses and represents a government power grab in the private health care market.

Late Obamacare surge jams website

Tens of thousands of Americans jammed the website for President Barack Obama's health care law Monday as a six-month window closed to sign up for plans under his top domestic achievement. The White House, which has paid a heavy political price for the unpopular law, was triumphant as a predicted late rush for policies materialized and banished memories of a disastrous website outage that haunted the launch of enrollments late last year.

Members of Congress who are leaving office

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Forty-eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have announced plans to leave their seats in Congress before November congressional elections, including 26 Republicans and 22 Democrats. The latest to announce was Dave Camp, chairman of the powerful tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Republicans currently control the House 233-199, with three vacancies. * Departing House Republicans (23)

Late Obamacare surge jams website

A last minute enrollment surge briefly jammed the website for President Barack Obama's health care law Monday as his top domestic legacy achievement hit a first-year deadline. The White House, which has paid a heavy political price for the unpopular law, was triumphant as a predicted late rush for policies materialized and banished memories of a disastrous website outage which haunted the launch of enrollments late last year.

Yellen strongly defends easy Fed policies, cites labor slack

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Monday the U.S. central bank's "extraordinary" commitment to boosting the economy, especially the still struggling labor market, will be needed for some time to come. Yellen, in her first public speech since becoming Fed chair two months ago, strongly defended the Fed's policies of low interest rates and continued bond-buying, saying there remains "considerable" slack in the economy and job market.

Federal government to recognize same-sex marriage in Michigan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The federal government will recognize same-sex marriages in Michigan while an appeal is pending in court, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday, guaranteeing the families relevant federal benefits. Holder's statement came two days after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said same-sex couples would not receive state benefits of marriage until the matter is settled in court. The state is appealing a federal judge's ruling lifting a ban on gay nuptials.

Ex-Pentagon, CIA chief Schlesinger dies at 85

James Schlesinger, a tenacious, blunt-talking former Pentagon chief who served as a cabinet officer under three US presidents, died Thursday. He was 85. A Harvard-educated economist who became a powerful figure in the 1970s, as well as an influential nuclear strategist, Schlesinger served as defense secretary under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and was named the country's first energy secretary under Jimmy Carter.

Former CIA director, Cabinet member Schlesinger dies at 85

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - James Schlesinger, who served three U.S. presidents, Republican and Democrat alike, in the top posts at the Central Intelligence Agency, Pentagon and Energy Department in the 1970s, died on Thursday at age 85. A serious thinker on national security and an executive determined to get things done, Schlesinger headed the CIA and the Defense Department under Republicans at a time of major change and then, as its first chief, established the Energy Department from scratch under Democrat Jimmy Carter.

Former CIA director, Cabinet member Schlesinger dies at 85

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - James Schlesinger, who served three U.S. presidents, Republican and Democrat alike, in the top posts at the Central Intelligence Agency, Pentagon and Energy Department in the 1970s, died on Thursday at age 85. A serious thinker on national security and an executive determined to get things done, Schlesinger headed the CIA and the Defense Department under Republicans at a time of major change and then, as its first chief, established the Energy Department from scratch under Democrat Jimmy Carter.
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