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Obama: 8 million signed up for health care
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections....

Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For the Clintons, 2014 is the year of the baby....

IRS audits less than 1 percent of big partnerships
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Internal Revenue Service audits fewer than 1 percent of large business partnerships, according to a government report released Tuesday....

Homeland Security reissues immigrant asylum rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Homeland Security Department has reissued asylum rules to immigration officials amid concerns that they are misinterpreting how to decide which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims....

2 long-time friends discuss the First Amendment
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The legality of government surveillance is likely to come before the Supreme Court someday, and Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg appear less than thrilled at the prospect....

Michelle Obama: High school diploma is not enough
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It may be a few years before the first daughters head to college, but Michelle Obama is already brainstorming a dorm room checklist while encouraging high school students to dream big about their education beyond graduation....

Obama: No US military involvement in Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is repeating his position that involving the U.S. military in Ukraine is not an option he is considering....

Obama voices skepticism on Russia in Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its commitments....

Obama disputes GOP version of immigration call
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he's surprised that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is accusing him of failing to work with Congress on immigration....

Obama sends condolences on S Korea ferry disaster
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is sending condolences to victims of a South Korean ferry disaster and says he will pay tribute during a visit to the country next week....

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Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

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