GOP Weekly Address: Obamacare Is an Example of the President's 'Failed Policies'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_fc4621ee88.jpgUS Congress (WASHINGTON)  – In the Weekly Republican address, Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas shares the story of a woman from his state who's been affected by the Affordable Care Act, seeing her premiums rise 85 percent because of the health law's new coverage mandates. “She’s now forced to pay for things she does not want and can’t afford, simply because Washington politicians and bureaucrats think they know what’s best for her and her family,” Cotton says in the address.

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Calif. State Senator Indicted on Corruption Charges Involving Film Studio

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_2f8b740c9f.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (LOS ANGELES) -- California State Sen. Ron Calderon has been indicted on political corruption charges.  Federal investigators announced the charges Friday, saying the Los Angeles-area politician took money and accepted trips and meals in return for legislative favors. "Ron Calderon allegedly solicited and accepted approximately $100,000 in cash bribes, as well as plane trips, gourmet dinners and trips to golf resorts," U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte said.

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Belated Medal of Honor to Be Awarded to Soldiers Excluded Because of Race

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_e6c91537c4.jpgPete Souza / The White House (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will award 24 Medals of Honor on next month, recognizing veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam, the White House announced Friday. The awards follow a congressionally mandated review of military records to seek out Jewish and Hispanic soldiers who deserved Medals of Honor but may not have received them due to discrimination. The review, according to a White House release, also uncovered some who deserved medals but were not Jewish or Hispanic.

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Chris Christie Rejects White House Dinner Invite

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_3fed00b24b.jpgJeff Zelevansky/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in Washington, D.C., for meetings with the nation’s governors this weekend. But he’s taking a pass on a dinner Sunday at the White House — despite his public embrace of the president after 2012′s Superstorm Sandy. Instead, the governor, who’s been haunted by the George Washington Bridge lane closures scandal and the two investigations, will return home Sunday to celebrate his daughter Sarah’s 18th birthday.

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Christie Hits Fourth State in Fund Raising Spree

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_2e0dddcb77.jpgABC/LOU ROCCO (NEW YORK) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s first town hall since the Bridgegate story exploded last month was postponed due to snow, but he will be fundraising Tuesday evening in New York City for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, another example of the possible 2016 presidential candidate trying to broaden his national message while he deals with the fallout from the scandal at home.

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