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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Senate Confirms Obama Judge After Filibuster Rules Change

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_6d0b107c39.jpgHemera/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Senate confirmed one of President Obama’s stalled judicial picks for the D.C. Circuit Court on Tuesday, the first judicial nominee confirmed since the Senate changed the rules to effectively end the use of the filibuster on most judicial nominees. The Senate voted 56 to 38 to confirm Patricia Millett as a judge to the D.C. Circuit Court.

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Biden to Unveil Mental Health Initiative Alongside Newtown Families

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_c195049133.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday will announce a $100-million initiative that will help "increase access to mental health services and improve mental health facilities," according to a White House official. The initiative will be evenly co-funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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