House Dems Demand Obama Take Action on Affordable Care Act

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_b60a87e197.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- In spite of White House assurances that problems with the HealthCare.gov website will soon be rectified, House Democrats want President Obama to immediately restore his promise that Americans who are happy with their health insurance plans can keep them. Democratic lawmakers reportedly had heated words Wednesday with senior administration officials about the disastrous rollout of the health care exchange, saying many of their constituents are unhappy after receiving cancellations of their current medical plans.

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Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage in Hawaii

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_abe8d8b562.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (HONOLULU) -- Gay marriage is now legal in Hawaii. The Aloha State's Democratic governor has signed a bill into law that will allow same-sex couples to marry there. In front of supporters, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the legislation into law, making Hawaii the 15th state to legalize gay marriage. "Today, now, all those who have been invisible will be visible to themselves and the whole world," Abercrombie said Wednesday before signing the bill.

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Budget Conferees No Closer to Avoiding Second Shutdown

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_25f3975e51.jpg (WASHINGTON) -- The bipartisan group of lawmakers known as the “budget conference committee” said they have made little progress on a long-term budget deal to help avoid another government shutdown. During the group’s second meeting Wednesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., acknowledged that both sides have differences of opinion on how to deal with the budget issue but said each meeting and discussion moves the conversation forward.

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Lawmakers Clash Over Championship Horse Abuse Bill

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_b043e559a0.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The welfare of Tennessee Walking Horses, celebrated for their high-stepping gait known as the "big lick," took center stage Wednesday on Capitol Hill as industry insiders squared off over alleged widespread abuse of the famed horses. The first-ever congressional hearing on the topic was convened to discuss legislation, introduced in April, that would eliminate the industry's current self-regulation of the horses' care and turn over responsibility for examining show horses to USDA-licensed inspectors.

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Report: Fewer than 50,000 Enrolled with HealthCare.gov in October

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_65513b07e1.jpgABC News (NEW YORK) -- The Obama administration's online health care website has fallen woefully short of its targeted goal of enrolling half a million people in October, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website Monday night. While Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to release the numbers this week, the Journal quotes two sources as saying that under 50,000 Americans have managed to sign up for a health insurance plan designed for those currently without medical coverage.

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