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Tom Howell Jr.

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President Barack Obama shares a laugh with outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Friday, April 11, 2014, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington to announce he would nominate current Budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Sebelius. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Despite Obamacare problems, some Dems want Sebelius to run for Senate: report

Despite the rocky rollout of and her decision to leave President Obama's cabinet next month, Democrats are urging Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to run for a Senate seat in Kansas against her old friend, Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, The New York Times said. Published April 16, 2014

This screen image shows the website for Maryland's online health care exchange. (State of Maryland via Associated Press)

Many states avoiding paying for glitchy health care sites

Glitches in the Obamacare rollout last year weren't limited to the federal government. A number of states whose health care exchanges were riddled with errors now are withholding or trying to claw back more than $100 million from the contractors they blame for the foul-ups. Published April 15, 2014


Senior House Democrat open to GOP Obamacare fix

Rep. Charlie Rangel, the influential New York Democrat who frequently defends Obamacare from the dais, said he is open to letting Americans shop for insurance across state lines — a key talking point for GOP lawmakers who want to repeal and replace the president's health care law with their own reforms. Published April 15, 2014

Alex Sink delivers her concession speech, after being defeated by David Jolly for Florida's 13th Congressional District, at her watch party at the Hilton Carillon in St. Petersburg Tuesday evening (03/11/14). In background is Sink's daughter Lexi Crawford. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Shadd)

No Jolly-Sink rematch in Florida this year: report

Democrat Alex Sink of Florida has decided not to run for Congress this fall, meaning she will not attempt to avenge her special-election loss last month to Republican David Jolly, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Published April 15, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks at a GOP Freedom Summit, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Manchester, N.H.  Several potential Republican White House contenders _ among them Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Ted Cruz, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee _ headline a conference Saturday in New Hampshire, hosted by the conservative groups Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Conservatives mark Tax Day by ripping IRS, say reforms are needed

Conservatives are using the tax filing deadline to take aim at Washington's policy and the IRS, which has been steeped in scandal for nearly a year because of allegations it targeted right-leaning groups seeking favorable tax status. Published April 15, 2014

** FILE ** This photo taken April 13, 2014, shows the headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Washington at daybreak. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Middle class takes too hard of a hit on tax day, poll shows

Nearly half of Americans, 49 percent, say middle-income people are forced to pay too much in taxes — a spike from 42 percent one year ago, and the highest proportion since Gallup asked the question in 1999. Published April 15, 2014

VP Joe Biden to cheer on U.S. at the World Cup in Brazil

Vice President Joseph Biden will get a taste of "joga bonito" — the beautiful game — by traveling to Brazil this June to cheer on the U.S. national team in the World Cup, the White House said Monday. Published April 14, 2014

In this March 12, 2014 photo, Reat Underwood, of Stillwell, Kan., performs a vocal audition for the 45th season of Theatre in the Park at Overland Park, Kan. Underwood along with his grandfather William Lewis Corporon were both killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Susan Pfannmuller) LOCAL MEDIA OUT

Mother recounts loss of son in Kansas shootings

With remarkable poise, the mother of the 14-year-old boy killed alongside his grandfather near a Jewish community center in Kansas City's suburbs gave a heart-wrenching account Monday of her loss just 24 hours earlier. Published April 14, 2014

**FILE** Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew pauses while speaking about the U.S. economy, next steps for financial reform, and the Treasury Department's international agenda, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Treasury Secretary Lew: U.S. ready to impose more sanctions on Russia

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday the United States and its allies are "fully prepared" to impose additional sanctions on Russia if it continues to whip up unrest in the eastern part of Ukraine, the new focal point of turmoil after Russian President Vladimir Putin moved quickly to annex the Crimea. Published April 14, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Kevin Yoder, Kansas Republican (Associated Press/The Kansas City Star)

Kansas Rep.: Killings 'struck all of us personally'

Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas said the shooting deaths of three people at Jewish sites Sunday in the Kansas City suburbs appeared to be "driven by hate" and "struck all of us personally." Published April 14, 2014

President Barack Obama listens as his nominee to become Human Services secretary, current Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 11, 2014, where the president announced he would nominate Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius.  The moves come just over a week after sign-ups closed for the first year of insurance coverage under the so-called Obamacare law. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

GOP Rep.: Obama picked budget chief for HHS to cook Obamacare numbers

Rep. Marsha Blackburn on Monday doubled down on her belief that President Obama nominated his budget chief to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius so that the administration could doctor the figures when it comes to Obamacare's delicate economics. Published April 14, 2014