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  • US/World

    What is the Syrian refugee vetting process?

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Nov 17, 16:51

    A growing number of Republicans — including governors, members of Congress and 2016 presidential candidates — are expressing concern about the vetting process for Syrian refugees, but Obama administration officials said Tuesday that a great deal of those concerns are based on “misinformation.” State Department officials are briefing governors and mayors on a conference call Tuesday to reassure […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Joe Biden opts out of presidential race

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Oct 21, 9:58

    Last Updated Oct 21, 2015 12:33 PM EDT Vice President Joe Biden has decided to forgo a 2016 presidential bid, he announced Wednesday. “I believe we’re out of time — the time necessary to mount a winning campaign,” the vice president said from the White House Rose Garden with his wife Jill Biden and President […]

  • U.S. Politics

    House Speaker John Boehner to resign from Congress

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Sep 25, 7:10

    House Speaker John Boehner will step down from Congress at the end of October, CBS News’ Nancy Cordes confirms. The Republican leader has come under fire repeatedly in recent years from conservatives in the House GOP conference. Boehner announced his departure to his fellow House Republicans Friday morning, amid the latest GOP conflict over whether […]

  • US/World

    Supreme Court: Marriage is a fundamental right for gay couples

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Jun 26, 7:00

    In a historic development for gay rights and the institution of marriage, the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry. Specifically, the 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges declares that the 14th Amendment requires all states to perform same-sex marriages and recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. “No union is more […]

  • US/World

    Supreme Court upholds major portion of Obamacare

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Jun 25, 7:21

    President Obama and other Affordable Care Act supporters can breathe a sigh of relief: The Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit that would have barred millions of Americans from receiving tax credits to help them pay for insurance. In a 6 to 3 decision, the court ruled that the federal government can dole out subsidies to […]

  • US/World

    Obama to start normalizing U.S. relations with Cuba

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Dec 17, 8:30

    The Obama administration announced Wednesday that the United States is taking steps to restore full diplomacy with Cuba, a historic move that will end 50 years of frozen relations the communist nation. Since entering the White House, President Obama had expressed interest in normalizing relations with Cuba. The breakthrough announced Wednesday came after Cuba agreed […]

  • US/World

    Supreme Court turns away same-sex marriage cases

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Oct 06, 7:51

    The Supreme Court on Monday turned away seven same-sex marriage cases in five states, refusing for now to take up the basic question of whether same-sex couples have a right to marriage. While the decision is a setback for the gay rights movement’s goal of achieving marriage equality nationwide, it does allow the lower court […]

  • US/World

    White House: Yes, this is a war against ISIS

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Sep 12, 12:45

    A day after Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned against “war fever,” administration officials on Friday said the U.S. is indeed waging a war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, otherwise known as ISIL). However, the administration is still trying to draw a distinction between this new “war” and the previous war the U.S. […]

  • Sci/Tech

    HealthCare.gov server hacked

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Sep 04, 15:25

    A government security team last month found malware on a Health and Human Services (HHS) server that supports the Obamacare website HealthCare.gov, HHS confirmed to CBS News on Thursday. The commonplace malware was designed to launch “denial of service” attacks against other websites, HHS said, and there is no evidence any consumers’ personal information was […]

  • US/World

    Supreme Court exempts Hobby Lobby from Obamacare contraception mandate

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Jun 30, 6:44

    Attempting to expand religious expression protections without significantly disrupting the rules that govern for-profit corporations, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Obama administration must exempt closely-held firms like Hobby Lobby from a rule requiring large companies to help pay for their employees’ birth control. The ruling is a loss for reproductive rights advocates […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Supreme Court upholds Michigan affirmative action ban

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Apr 22, 12:00

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled by a 6-2 vote that Michigan voters had a right to ban affirmative action in their state via a ballot initiative. In the controlling opinion, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy stressed that the case was “not about the constitutionality, or the merits, of race-conscious admissions policies in higher education.” Instead, the […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Obamacare “is working,” time to move past political fight, Obama says

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Apr 17, 15:00

    About 8 million Americans signed up for private insurance on the new Obamacare marketplaces, President Obama announced Thursday. “This thing is working,” Mr. Obama said from the White House briefing room, scolding the Republican Party for keeping up its call to repeal the law. “I know every American isn’t going to agree with this law, […]

  • Health

    Obama: 7.1 million now signed up for Obamacare

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Apr 01, 14:56

    Before open enrollment closed at midnight Monday night, 7.1 million signed up for private insurance coverage via the Obamacare marketplaces, President Obama announced Tuesday from the White House Rose Garden, with Vice President Joe Biden by his side. The president used the milestone moment to declare that, in spite of split public opinion and continued […]

  • Politics

    22,000 waiting for HealthCare.gov errors to be fixed, report says

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Feb 03, 7:34

    Roughly 22,000 Americans are waiting for the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) to fix errors in their health insurance coverage caused by HealthCare.gov glitches, but the computer program to process those 22,000 requests has yet to be built, the Washington Post reports. The appeals were filed by people who say that HealthCare.gov — the website […]

  • Politics

    Obama’s NSA changes raise more questions than answers

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Jan 17, 9:52

    President Obama on Friday announced a series of reforms to the nation’s surveillance apparatus, including steps to add more privacy safeguards to a controversial National Security Agency program that collects Americans’ phone records in bulk. The reforms, however, leave a number of open questions for Congress and other government officials to resolve. “We have to […]

  • Politics

    6 key Obamacare dates to watch for in 2014

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Dec 30, 7:09

    The coming year will be a pivotal one for the Affordable Care Act: The core elements of the sweeping health care law go into full effect, some of the final consumer protections will be in place, and the midterm elections will once more put the health law in the political spotlight. Here’s a look at […]

  • Politics

    Plastic guns ban extended

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Dec 10, 6:26

    WASHINGTON D.C.- The Senate on Monday passed a bill to extend a ban on guns that can’t be detected by x-ray machines and metal detectors. President Obama signed the 10-year extension of the Undetectable Firearms Act into law before midnight, using an auto pen as he traveled to Africa for ceremonies honoring the late South African […]

  • Politics

    Despite major Obamacare problems, a ‘death spiral’ is unlikely

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Nov 03, 0:20

    As the Obama administration works on improving HealthCare.gov, the dysfunctional Obamacare website, the threat of a so-called “death spiral” hangs over them. HealthCare.gov serves as the portal to the new Obamacare insurance marketplace for consumers in 36 states. If those consumers continue having trouble accessing the marketplace, as CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger recently put […]

  • Politics

    Sebelius: ‘Hold me accountable for the debacle’ of HealthCare.gov

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Nov 01, 21:49

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday offered the Obama administration’s second formal apology to the American people for HealthCare.gov, the dysfunctional Obamacare website. “You deserve better, I apologize,” Sebelius said to the public in her opening remarks to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “I’m accountable to you… I’m committed to earning […]

  • Politics

    Government shutdown, debt limit deal close: But what if it falls through?

    by Stephanie Condon / CBS News on Oct 15, 23:45

    Two weeks after the government shut down and just days away from letting the nation risk default, Senate leaders on Monday sounded increasingly optimistic about the prospects of a deal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit. The White House on Monday postponed a meeting with congressional leaders, giving the Senate more time […]