Former Indiana Congressman Andrew Jacobs Jr. Dies at 81

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_7669625215.jpgUnited States Congress (INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) -- Indiana legislator and Congressman Andrew Jacobs Jr. died on Saturday at the age of 81. Jacobs served 14 terms as a Democratic congressman between 1965 and 1997, representing Indiana's 10th Congressional District. In the span of 32 years, he lost only one reelection bid -- in 1972, says ABC's Indianapolis affiliate RTV6.

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Over 1.1 Million Enrolled on HealthCare.gov

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_e9021040f7.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- More than one million Americans have signed up for healthcare through the HealthCare.gov website, the Department of Health and Human Services said on Sunday. In a message posted to the Department of Health and Human Services website, about 1.1 million people enrolled in healthcare plans via the Federal marketplace between Oct. 1 and Dec. 24. A staggering 975,000 of those enrolled in December alone.

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Sen. Ted Cruz Expresses No Regret Over Role in Government Shutdown

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_d33874950a.jpgABC (NEW YORK) -- In an exclusive interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl for This Week, Sen. Ted Cruz, R–Tx., expressed no regrets over his role in this fall’s government shutdown, placing the blame for the 16-day closure squarely on the shoulders of Democratic leaders. “I think it was absolutely a mistake for President Obama and Harry Reid to force a government shutdown,” the freshman senator said.

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Former President Clinton to Swear in NYC Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_4852b29a18.jpgSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will be sworn in to his new post by former President Bill Clinton. The ceremony will feature a bible once owned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Mayor de Blasio worked under both Clintons, as regional director at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during Bill Clinton's administration and as a campaign manager in Hillary Clinton's 2000 campaign for U.S. Senate.

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Kerry to Continue Peace Talks on January Trip to Middle East

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_781a16856a.jpgUS Department of State (WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Jerusalem and Ramallah, West Bank, on Jan. 1 to continue peace talks between Israel and Palestinians. During the trip, Kerry will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The trip, announced in a press release from the Department of State, will be a continuation of "negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, among other issues."

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