Hillary Clinton Supporters Party Like It’s 2016

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_42c726fe77.jpgUS State Dept (WASHINGTON) -- In a downtown Washington bar and lounge Thursday night, the more than 450 Hillary Clinton supporters who gathered for the pro-Clinton super PAC Ready for Hillary D.C. kickoff event could hardly wait for 2016. “I voted for Hillary when she ran in the primary last time so I’m going to do everything that I can to get her in this time,” said Samantha Scott, 40, a Washington resident by way of Ohio.

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How Ann Romney Cooked Away the Post-Election Blues

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_1d518fc48c.jpgABC/ IDA MAE ASTUTE (WASHINGTON) -- When Mitt Romney lost the election to President Obama last year, Ann Romney turned to her love of cooking to help get her mind off politics. Now, one year later, the wife of the former Republican presidential candidate has published a cookbook, The Romney Family Table, in which she shares some of her favorite family recipes and stories.

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VP Biden Honored with Diplomatic Leadership Award; Grover the Muppet Attends

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_6e9e16308f.jpgBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- An array of non-profits, corporate CEO’s, diplomats, military, and faith leaders honored Vice President Joe Biden Thursday for his contributions to international diplomacy. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., and the vice president’s son, Hunter Biden, took the stage at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition dinner to hand off the award.

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White House to Avert Coverage Gap for Some Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_332c08dcda.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- In a nod to the challenges that many Americans are facing in the transition to new health plans under the Affordable Care Act, the White House Thursday announced some modest steps to provide relief for particularly at-risk consumers. The more than 85,000 Americans who are currently enrolled in the federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) will now have until Jan. 15 to purchase a plan through the exchange, if they have not already done so.

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US Cites 17 Alleged Violators of Iran Sanctions

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_6319f0f881.jpgBEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The United States has designated four companies and one person as violators of U.S. oil sanctions on Iran. Another 12 companies and people have been identified as front companies, aiding Iran’s nuclear program. The State Department and U.S. Treasury announced the moves Thursday, nearly one month after reaching a deal with Iran and world powers in Geneva Nov. 24, which will include rolling back sanctions in exchange for limits on nuclear-enrichment progress and reactor construction in Iran.

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