GOP Weekly Address: Remembering US Soldiers this Holiday

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_3724d1a7de.jpgUS Senate (WASHINGTON) -- "As we reach for one of those gifts under the tree and untie a bow," says Sen. Jim Risch, "I encourage all of us to remember the bountiful and most prized gifts we enjoy -- the gifts of freedom and worship." In this week's Republican address, as Americans take part in holiday celebrations, Sen. Risch, R-Idaho, calls us to remember that our freedoms are by the men and women of the United States military, and "[t]heir sacrifices and those of their families allow us to live in the freest and most prosperous nation in the world -- the United States of America."

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An Odyssey for Obamacare as a Million Flood Website

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_c33423b912.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- A rush of last-minute health insurance shoppers visited HealthCare.gov Monday as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Twitter the site had “surpassed a million site visits.” Of course that doesn’t mean that many people actually signed up for health insurance through that website, just that they visited the site on what was supposed to be the final day people could sign up if they wanted health insurance under the Affordable Care Act to kick in on Jan. 1.

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Pelosi Urges GOP to Extend Unemployment Benefits

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_4be167a252.jpgDouglas Graham/CQ Roll Call (WASHINGTON) -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Monday accused Republicans of acting “cruelly” by failing to extend unemployment benefits before leaving Washington for the holiday, as she outlined the case for Congress to pass an extension. “I don't know if our Republican colleagues don't know or don't care about the impact of this cruel policy, but I have to assume they do care. And the more they know, the better the chance of passing legislation,” she told reporters on a conference call.

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Obamacare Explained

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_abe48740ab.jpgABC News (NEW YORK) -- Turns out a wonky website and warp-speed policy changes are the least of Obamacare's problems.  A big reason Americans have hesitated to sign up for health insurance is they don't understand it. A survey of more than 12,000 people released last week by the journal Health Affairs found that only 60 percent of the people who should be signing up for Obamacare understand all of its key concepts. 

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Mike Huckabee Mulling 2016 White House Run

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_81b4d3627f.jpgTom Williams/CQ Roll Call (WASHINGTON) -- A Republican who gave John McCain a run for his money when they sought their party's presidential nomination in 2008 may be gearing up for another try at the White House. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who fancies himself a populist, told Fox News Sunday that it would be "dishonest" of him to say that he wasn't interested in a run for the GOP nomination in 2016.

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