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Analysis: For President Obama, his presidency is at stake

President Obama's extraordinary mea culpa news conference Thursday was about more than making a fix in a provision of the Affordable Care Act.

It was about turning around a downward slide that could threaten the future of his presidency.

27K bought insurance via HealthCare.gov

 

WASHINGTON - Just 26,794 people bought health insurance through the federal exchange during the first month since its troubled launch Oct. 1, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said today.

An additional 79,391 used the state exchanges to enroll, for a total of 106,185 people enrolled from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2. That's a fraction of the 7 million people the government estimates will buy insurance during the first year of the Affordable Care Act.

Feds seek documents from DC attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say the District of Columbia attorney general's office is withholding documents relevant to their ongoing investigation of corruption in city politics.
            
U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said in a statement Wednesday that "the district's withholding of relevant documents is currently preventing federal investigators from fully understanding actions taken by district officials." Machen goes on to urge Attorney General Irvin Nathan to "reconsider his position."
            
Nathan tells The Washington Post that the documents involve a $7.5 million settlement with Jeffrey Thompson, a city businessman who formerly held the city's Medicaid contract. He says the records federal prosecutors are seeking are protected by attorney-client privilege and are not incriminating.
            

Jennifer Garner promotes early childhood education in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - Actress Jennifer Garner says education is "without a doubt the ticket out of poverty."

It's that belief about the importance of schooling that brought the mother of three to Capitol Hill on Wednesday in support of legislation that aims to expand and improve early education programs.

Garner, who starred in the ABC series "Alias," says she supports early education to help level the playing field for children.

Garner's advocacy isn't limited to education.

She was among the celebrities who testified this year before California lawmakers in support of legislation that they said would help them better protect their children from the paparazzi that follow them daily.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill in September.

President Obama lunches with US service members

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama made an unannounced trip out for lunch with members of the military.

The president and Vice President Joe Biden dined with active duty service members from each of the five military branches at Capitol Hill restaurant Molly Malone's on Tuesday. The commander-in-chief ditched his suit coat for the meal in an upstairs dining room at the Irish pub near the Marine barracks.

The White House said it was a chance for President Obama to hear directly from enlisted troops and junior officers before meeting and having dinner with military leadership later at the White House.

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National Mall mower to get paid back for his work

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- This week the South Carolina man who took it upon himself to help out during last month's federal government shutdown is being rewarded.

You may remember Chris Cox brought his lawnmower and chainsaw to the National Mall, and kept the grounds around the Lincoln Memorial clean.

The website Crowd It Forward started raising money to pay Cox back for his work.  According to the website, the group surpassed their goal of $1500 and are now up to $1800.

SEE THE PAGE HERE: https://crowditforward.com/

Reports say Cox will get a new chainsaw along with some cash.

Italo Ceramica Opens First US Showroom in Rockville-Grand Opening Event This Thursday

Italo Ceramica Opens First US Showroom in Rockville-Grand Opening Event This Thursday

Italo Ceramica's Grand Opening Event, which is open to the public, is Thursday, November 14 from 6-9 p.m.