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Tenn. Sen.'s fired chief of staff ordered freed

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fired chief of staff for Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander was ordered to live with his parents in Maryland while he awaits prosecution on charges of possession and attempted distribution of child pornography.

A federal judge allowed Ryan Loskarn to be released from custody Monday after a hearing. Loskarn's lawyers argued that the 35-year-old had no prior convictions or arrests and that he should be freed. Prosecutors opposed the request.

Magistrate Judge John Facciola ordered Loskarn to be electronically monitored and confined to his parents' home. He also isn't allowed access to any device that can connect to the Internet.

2 Secret Service supervisors axed from President Obama detail

Correction: A prior version of this story misstated the terms of former Secret Service director Mark Sullivan's departure from the agency.

Two Secret Service supervisors who managed security for President Obama have been removed from the detail because of alleged misconduct involving women, The Washington Post is reporting.

The newspaper identified the supervisors as Ignacio Zamora Jr., who managed about two dozen agents, and Timothy Barraclough. Zamora previously was in charge of security for former first lady Laura Bush.

President Obama says he's sorry Americans losing insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he's sorry Americans are losing health insurance plans he said they could keep.

Obama is apologizing to Americans who have found themselves in that situation based on assurances they got from him. He tells NBC News that the administration will do everything it can to help people who are in a difficult situation because of the cancellations.

Obama for years told Americans that under his health care law, if they liked their health insurance, they would be able to keep it.

But millions are receiving cancellation notices in the mail. The White House in recent days has clarified that people can keep their plans as long as insurance companies haven't changed the plans since the law was enacted.

 

DC Council passes licenses for undocumented residents

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The DC City Council approved a bill on Tuesday granting access to driver's licenses and ID's for city residents regardless of their immigration status. 

The licenses will be marked to show they belong to undocumented residents.

The DC Drivers Safety Amendment Act of 2013 will go into effect in May 2014.

Recently, California, Vermont, and Massachusetts passed similar bills.

In a written statement on Tuesday, Salvador G. Sarmiento of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said:

Obamacare needs young people to sign up to succeed

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Experts say the Affordable Care Act's success rests on whether or not enough young people sign up.

But, the cost has to be right, and the interest has to be there. It's a gamble. But, a local group is betting they can make sure those uninsured millennials know all their options, and they're taking their message to libraries throughout the District this November.

The non-profit group Young Invincibles met up with DC Health Link Thursday to hold a forum at the Francis Gregory Library in Anacostia. The event was open to people of all ages and several showed up to get help deciphering the maze of information. 

David Branfield is the nonpartisan group's State Outreach Coordinator. He says, "We're running events at libraries through November and we just want to make sure that people have access to the information that they need."

Report: W.H. knew plans would be canceled under ACA

Millions of Americans are getting their health insurance cancelled under the Affordable Care Act and the Obama administration has known for about three years that this would happen, NBC News is reporting.

Between half and three quarters of 14 million consumers who buy health insurance individually will receive a cancellation letter or its equivalent in the next year because their current policies don't meet the standards laid out by the new law, the news organization reports.

Of those who will be forced to buy new insurance, many will face huge price increases, NBC reports.

Initially, the administration stipulated that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010, could be kept even if they don't meet the requirements of the new law, but later changed the law to dictate that if any part of those policies substantially changed since then, they would then be cancelled.

Federal background clearances flawed

CAPITOL HILL, DC (WUSA9) -- The people in charge of bestowing security clearances for our federal workforce were in the hot seat during a senate hearing weeks after the Navy Yard shooting that took the lives of 12 people and the shooter.

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs want to get to the bottom of the failures of background check and clearances that allowed Aaron Alexis to maintain his access to Navy facilities and to prevent any further breaches in security and loss of life in the future. 

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is the chief oversight committee of homegrown terrorism.

Sen. Tom Coburn said, "For $20 you can get 90% of the information. Now we pay 2400 bucks for a top secret clearance, is that right? It's a little more than that, it's $4000."

Senator Tom Coburn makes the point that the U.S. Is forking over so much money for a system that's flawed.