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national lead

October 30th, 2013
05:24 PM ET

Obama says he'll get website 'fixed ASAP'

Washington (CNN) - She apologized for the "miserably frustrating" problems with the Obamacare website and promised it would get fixed.

But no matter what Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a House committee Wednesday, her words were no match for the screen showing that HealthCare.gov was telling its users: "The system is down at the moment."

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national lead

October 30th, 2013
01:35 PM ET

Rahm Emanuel: If Hillary runs in 2016, I’m there

By CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper and Sherisse Pham

When it comes to questions of whether he would back Hillary Clinton in a 2016 presidential run, Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was blunt.

“I’m behind Hillary if she runs. And I think she will, but that’s up to her. If she runs, I’m in,” said Emanuel.
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sports lead

October 30th, 2013
01:08 PM ET

Web only: Why victories of sports teams from our youth burn brightest

For more of our interview with author Rich Cohen, watch CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET

Many sports fans hold a special place in their hearts for victorious sports teams from their youth. For CNN's Jake Tapper, it is the 1980 Philadelphia Phillies; for author Rich Cohen, it is the 1985 Chicago Bears.

"Those first teams are like the first thing that ever happens to you, and you believe that this is how it's going to be forever," said Cohen, author of "Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football."
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politics lead

October 29th, 2013
06:52 PM ET

Roundtable: GOP Senator threatens to hold things up until Benghazi witnesses come forward

Senator Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, tweeted Monday, "Where are the #Benghazi survivors? I'm going to block every appointment to the US Senate until they are made available to Congress."

"Lindsey Graham has to say that because Lindsey Graham is going to face a primary challenge on the right, and he's already seen as caving on the deal on the debt limit," said The Washington Post's Dana Milbank.
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politics lead

October 29th, 2013
06:31 PM ET

The Lead Read: 'Things That Matter'

According to The New York Daily News, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn was speaking at a Manhattan gala Monday, and reportedly said, "There's no comity with Harry Reid. I think he's an absolute a-hole."

CNN asked coburn about it Tuesday, and he refused comment. But Reid's office fired back, saying, "Nothing says 'comity' like childish playground name-calling, especially from a senator who has not sponsored a single piece of successful bipartisan legislation during his entire Senate career."

When CNN asked Coburn if he planned to talk to his frenemy anytime soon, he said he would. To be a fly on the wall.

Someone who praises the benefits of curse words is conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer. He dedicated an entire column to defending the f-word, like when former Vice President Dick Cheney decided to lay it on Senator Patrick Leahy.

It's all in his new book, "Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics."

Check out our interview with the author in the video above.

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