Oct 1, 2013, 11:39 am EDT
On Tuesday, many consumers looking to choose among health insurance options on new state and federally-run exchanges had difficulty getting access to the websites as technical problems hampered the launch.
The exchanges are a major part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act — known as Obamacare — allowing consumers to explore a variety new subsidized health plans. However, one exchange — which handles health insurance coverage for residents of 36 states — promptly started posting error messages for users in 24 of those states soon after it began operating this morning, Reuters noted.
High online traffic was blamed for problem and technicians were said to be working to resolve the issue. Read
Sep 30, 2013, 2:40 pm EDT
Obamacare exchanges will finally be open to the public on Tuesday but some people will not be able to fully sign up for the online health care policy.
CNN reports that some residents of Colorado, Oregon and Washington, DC will be affected by technical glitches regarding Obamacare. State and federal officials said that this is not a major problem as Americans will still be covered as long as they sign up by December 15 since the insurance won’t kick in until January 1. Read
Sep 30, 2013, 1:13 pm EDT
CNN has decided to cancel its documentary on Hillary Clinton after the film’s director left the project.
Charles Ferguson, who was the director of the documentary, left the project because he was put under pressure by Clintion’s aides and the Republican National Committee. According to Ferguson, he was interrogated by Clinton’s aide Nick Merrill. He also claimed that Philippe Reines, who has been an adviser to Clinton, called CNN and interrogated various people and expressed his “concern about alleged conflicts of interest generated because my film was a for-profit endeavor.” Ferguson also said that the Republican National Committee decided not to include CNN as a potential debate sponsor in 2016 if the network continued with the documentary. CNN said that it won’t seek another director for the film and that it is cancelling the project, reports USA Today.
“I still believe that Mrs. Clinton has many virtues including great intelligence, fortitude, and a deep commitment to bettering the lives of women and children worldwide,” Ferguson wrote in a Huffington Post blog. “But this is not her finest hour.” Read
Sep 27, 2013, 12:43 pm EDT
Between 2010 and 2012, the U.S. Army continued to issue paychecks to soldiers who had been declared absent without leave (AWOL) or deserters.
The finding comes from a new audit that discovered $16 million in payments to AWOL personnel during the period. The auditors warned that the Army had not instituted adequate internal controls to prevent benefits and compensation from being paid to personnel not properly on duty, the Associated Press notes.
In their report, the auditors called the payments “unacceptable,” given the current squeeze on the Army’s finances. The audit’s findings come as the military is adjusting its budgets to accommodate reduced federal spending due to sequestration. Read
Sep 26, 2013, 7:05 pm EDT
Newark mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker is under scrutiny for Twitter messages he exchanged with a Portland, Ore. stripper in March.
After tweeting that he wanted to be the president of New Jersey’s Star Trek club, Lynsie Lee, who works at a vegan strip club in Portland, messaged him publicly, “”if you’re ever POTUS I call dibs on First Lady.”
Booker responded back privately, “And The East Coast loves you and by the East Coast, I mean me,” to which Lee replied that she was blushing. About a day later, Booker said “It’s only fair,” and that was the end of their conversation. Until now. Read