Politics

11:30am

Tue December 31, 2013
It's All Politics

2013: The Year In Political Screw-Ups

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 1:34 pm

The partial federal government shutdown was a political misstep that will be remembered for years to come.
Carolyn Kaster AP

If anything defined 2013, it was the political misstep. There were so many gaffes, flaps, scandals and ill-advised moves that voters were often left scratching their heads at the political class's uncanny knack for diminishing its profession.

Here are eight of the more memorable screw-ups:

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3:38pm

Mon December 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

New York City's Bloomberg Leaves Mixed Results On Health

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 10:40 am

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg holds a 64-ounce cup, as Lucky's Cafe owner Greg Anagnostopoulos stands behind him during a news conference at the cafe in New York.
Seth Wenig AP

On the November day in 2001 when Michael Bloomberg was elected mayor, two things were prominent in New York City's air: fumes from the World Trade Center's smoldering remains, and tobacco smoke in the city's bars, restaurants and other public spaces.

Now they're both gone.

Bloomberg helped the city rebuild after the attack on Sept. 11, 2001. And he led the charge against smoking.

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3:36pm

Mon December 30, 2013
The Two-Way

On Evolution, A Widening Political Gap, Pew Says

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 6:45 pm

A drawing of the scientific theory of evolution, which states that living things evolve over time.
Martin Wimmer iStockphoto

The divide between Republicans and Democrats on their views of the scientific theory of evolution is widening, according to a new poll released by Pew's Religion & Public Life Project.

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1:35pm

Mon December 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Official In Charge Of Creating HealthCare.gov Steps Down

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 3:28 pm

Michelle Snyder, the official who oversaw the creation of the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov website, is retiring.

In a statement on Monday, Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced Snyder's departure from the agency, saying she had originally planned to retire at the end of 2012 but had stayed on at Tavenner's request to help "with the challenges facing CMS in 2013."

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10:19am

Mon December 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Billionaire Philanthropist, GOP Donor Harold Simmons Dies

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 1:49 pm

Harold Simmons stands by the Dallas courthouse entrance in October 1997. Simmons, the Texas billionaire, philanthropist and GOP donor, died Saturday in Dallas. He was 82.
Flor Cordero Reuters /Landov

Harold Simmons, the Texas billionaire, philanthropist and GOP donor, has died. He was 82.

The Dallas Morning News says Simmons died late Saturday at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. His wife, Annette, told the newspaper that Simmons was "very sick for the last two weeks" and was in Baylor's intensive care unit. The family spent Christmas at the hospital, she said.

Here's more from the Morning News:

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