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October 23rd, 2013
05:14 PM ET

White House national security official fired over Twitter rants

Jofi Joseph's résumé read like a Washington A-lister's: State Department, Capitol Hill, and senior national security staffer at the White House with top security clearance. The national security staff director was even being vetted for a plum job at the Pentagon.

One teeny weeny problem – Joseph was anonymously tweeting as "@NatSecWonk," posting vicious things about his bosses, senior members of the administration, members of Congress, and world leaders.

"Obama can be a (expletive) to his staff and not afraid to throw them under the bus for his own self interest #confessyourunpopularopinion," he posted on August 8.
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October 23rd, 2013
05:06 PM ET

Friend of murdered Danvers, Massachusetts, teacher: She was full of joy

Students in Danvers, Massachusetts were mourning the death of a well-liked young teacher found slain in the woods behind the high school where she taught.

Authorities on Wednesday charged 14-year-old Philip Chism with the murder of Colleen Ritzer, whose body was found after she failed to return home from work Tuesday.

"She was just full of joy and happiness. And I'll always remember that," said friend Charlotte Dzerkacz, who taught at the same high school as Ritzer in 2011.
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October 23rd, 2013
01:17 PM ET

Web exclusive: Sen. Alexander's plan to replace Obamacare

Watch CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET for more of our interview with Republican Senator Lamar Alexander.

Republicans say "repeal and replace Obamacare" all the time, but there does not appear to be any coherent strategy for what would replace it that would insure millions of Americans who do not have health insurance, and take some of the other steps that the Affordable Care Act does, such as ensuring people with preexisting conditions do not face discrimination, and allowing people up to age 26 to stay on parents' health plans.

In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, outlines his plan to replace Obamacare.

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