Senate Stays Up All Night Working on Obama Nominations

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_676edb0ad5.jpg UPDATE -- The Senate officially stayed up all night working on confirming some of President Obama's nominees. Around 1:17 a.m. Thursday, Cornelia Pillard was confirmed as a judge for the D.C. Circuit court.  Senators then got to work on the nomination of Chai Rachel Feldblum to be a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  She was confirmed just before 9:30 a.m.

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Senator's Chief of Staff Ryan Loskarn Arrested for Child Pornography

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_c2e9679b22.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Ryan Loskarn, the chief of staff to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has been arrested following allegations of child pornography. Loskarn, the chief of staff in Alexander's Washington, D.C., office, had been placed on administrative leave after the child pornography allegations surfaced, the senator said Wednesday.

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Obamacare Report Card: Progress, but Long Climb Ahead

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_352c94fe16.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- The White House has released its second monthly report card on Obamacare enrollment in state and federal exchanges, documenting a mix of progress and problems in the system since it launched in October. The numbers offer some good news: a surge in sign-ups in November after a barrage of improvements to HealthCare.gov and robust online traffic to the insurance portals shows that interest in the products remains strong.

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Sebelius Asks Inspector General to Review HealthCare.gov

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_64218a6ee2.jpgChip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Ahead of her testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday -- and anticipating a grilling over accountability for the website fiasco -- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has ordered an inspector general review of the development and rollout of HealthCare.gov. "I have asked our Inspector General, Dan Levinson, to review the development of HealthCare.gov," Sebelius said in a blog posting Wednesday.

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Senate and House Leaders Reach Deal on Bipartisan Budget Agreement

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_1c762eab8e.jpgArchitect of the Capitol (WASHINGTON) -- A bipartisan budget agreement reached Tuesday night by House and Senate negotiators would avoid a government shutdown in January and help break a fiscal stalemate that has caused gridlock in Washington. But it would stop far short of tackling the underlying causes of the national debt.

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