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First Word: President Obama pushing his health-care law...again

Because the Republican party remains adamantly opposed to President Obama's health-care law after voting yesterday in the House to delay the individual mandate,
President Obama stands with families who benefited from the health care law provision that provides consumers with a refund if their insurance company doesn’t spend the majority of premium dollars on medical care as he  speaks about health care reform...
President Obama stands with families who benefited from the health care law provision that provides consumers with a refund if their insurance company doesn...

Because the Republican party remains adamantly opposed to President Obama's health-care law after voting yesterday in the House to delay the individual mandate, the president is delivering a speech Thursday to the law's implementation. His political group Organizing for Action has already aired TV ads to promote the law.

  • Obama will argue that his Affordable Care Act is holding insurance companies accountable and putting money back into the pockets of consumers
  • Obama administration has added roughly $33 million to a contract with a PR firm to help promote health-care law
  • House Republicans voted on Wednesday to delay core provisions of President Obama’s health care law
  • A meeting of Senate Republicans grew tense as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told them they could have gotten a better deal on nominations
  • Politico runs five questions for the inspector general
  • Treasury Department inspector general who produced the original report at Darrell Issa’s request, is going back for Issa’s committee hearing
  • President Obama could scrap one-on-one talks with Vladimir Putin next month in Moscow if Edward Snowden is granted asylum in Russia
  • Bernanke to Congress: Please don't screw the economy up
  • A strong majority of Americans, 59 percent, said they would like to see the House either pass the Senate’s immigration bill
  • Sen. John McCain has told Democratic leaders he wants a prominent role in debt talks this fall, alarming conservatives
  • At least 12 Republican senators are regularly meeting with Obama’s top aides to figure out the looming fiscal challenges this fall
  • Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito quintupled his net worth last year
  • Rebels are still losing in Syria
  • A drone crashed on a Florida highway
  • The USOC and John Boehner disagree with Lindsey Graham that the U.S. should consider boycotting the Winter Olympics
  • "House of Cards" makes Emmy history