Senator Wants Breaks for Frustrated Health Care Law Applicants

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_d80b9ecf66.jpgKAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- A Democratic supporter of the Affordable Care Act is calling on President Obama to extend the deadline for enrollment as well as waive penalties due to the problems millions have had with the healthcare.gov website. The president acknowledged that he was unhappy with the "glitches" that have prevented potential enrollees from signing up for insurance plans but remains confident that the problems will be corrected before long.

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Why Ted Cruz Thinks He Won The Defund Fight

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_641002f021.jpgTom Pennington/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The government shut down for 16 days and Obamacare is still funded. While some have labeled this a loss for those who waged the fight to defund Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz, the lead promoter of the push to tie government funding to the president’s healthcare plan, still thinks he won. A memo circulated by Cruz’s office says they believe the defund efforts “produced tangible results that create both immediate and long-term benefits for the country and the conservative cause.”

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Paul Ryan Calls for HHS Chief to Step Down for Obamacare Rollout

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_7524e7819d.jpgBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should be “held accountable” for the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Tuesday. Asked by ABC News on a conference call whether he agrees with Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican running for governor, that Sebelius should step down, Ryan said, “I do agree with that.”

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US Capitol to Get Two-Year, $60 Million Makeover

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_e0d9082f41.jpgArchitect of the Capitol (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Capitol dome is about to undergo a massive restoration project to repair more than 1,000 cracks and deficiencies in the iron structure, transforming the iconic building’s appearance over the next two years. According to the Architect of the Capitol, $59.55 million has been budgeted to repair the dome. That’s a cost of almost $82,000 per day if the project is completed in the estimated two years planners believe will be required to finish the work.

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POLL: Congress Dives, Anti-Incumbency Soars in Deep Post-Shutdown Criticism

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_bb6306d134.jpgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Approval of Congress is at a new low in 40 years of polling, Americans’ approval of their own representative in Washington is underwater for the first time, and a record number of registered voters are inclined to look for someone new in 2014 – all signs of a powerful, palpable public antipathy following the budget spat that shut down much of the government for 16 days.

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