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politics lead

April 1st, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Obama says 7.1 million sign up for health care

Washington (CNN) - After a surge on the last day of open enrollment, Obamacare met the original White House target of 7 million sign-ups, President Barack Obama said Tuesday at what amounts to a victory for his administration.

In fact, he said at a White House ceremony the number of people who picked a plan on federal and state exchanges was slightly over the threshold at 7.1 million.

On Monday, the final day for Americans to sign up on the federal exchanges, more than 4.8 million visits were made to HealthCare.gov and 2 million calls were made to the call center, officials said.

Obama said the health care law has "made our health care system a lot better" by allowing millions of Americans to access insurance who previously didn't have it.

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politics lead

January 21st, 2014
05:20 PM ET

His administration under fire, Christie takes oath for second term

(CNN) - On the first day of his second term, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faces brewing storms - literally and figuratively.

A scandal over alleged political retribution by his administration has already cost a top aide and campaign strategist their jobs, and now Christie faces multiple investigations that could harm the presidential ambitions of the early Republican front-runner for 2016.

Even the weather was against him, as a snow storm forced cancellation of his gala celebration on Ellis Island after Tuesday's second-term inaugural address.

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