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Some Obamacare Exchanges Face IT-Glitch Delays

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 

CNN Cancels Hillary Clinton Documentary

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 

Oops! Army Pays Out $16M to AWOL Soldiers

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 

Senate Candidate, Stripper Exchange Twitter Messages

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 

George H.W. Bush Serves as Official Witness at Same-Sex Wedding

Sep 26, 2013, 1:12 pm EDT

George H.W. Bush, former president of the United States, served as an official witness at a same-sex wedding on Saturday.

Bush attended the wedding with his wife Barbara. The couple getting married were Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, who are friends of the former president. The couple posted a picture of George Bush, who was sitting in his wheelchair with papers in his lap, signing their marriage license as a witness. The couple posted the caption “Getting our marriage license witnessed!” with the photo. The couple owns a small general store in Kennebunk, Maine. Maine legalized gay marriage in December, reports ABC News.

“They have always been not only supportive of us but including us in many of their social events when they are here in Kennebunkport,” Clement told BuzzFeed. “So it was very natural and normal for them to be invited and to attend.” Read 

The New Security Features of the $100 Bill

Sep 26, 2013, 12:41 pm EDT

The $100 bill has some new security features to distinguish them from counterfeit bills easier.

New Money reports that over a decade of research and development took place in order to create these new security features. The front of the $100 bill will have a blue, 3-D ribbon that will make the bells change when you move it back and forth.

The note will also have inside a copper-colored inkwell with a bell inside of it that changes color from copper to green whenever you tilt it. Additionally, the bill also has an image of Benjamin Franklin on the right side of the portrait if you hold the note to the light. Read 

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