President Obama's repeated use of presidential powers is causing a tough problem -- his own supporters now expect him to use it to achieve everything they want.
From immigration to the minimum wage, congressional Democrats and liberal activists this week urged Mr. Obama to declare an end run around Capitol Hill, assert executive authority and make as much progress as he can on the expansive agenda he laid out for his second term.
On Cyber Monday, millions of Americans flock to popular websites such as Amazon.com to begin holiday shopping -- and most do so without encountering any technical problems or glitches.
Those visiting HealthCare.Gov, however, still are experiencing delays, a fact that demonstrates how the private sector simply is better than the government when it comes to building a functional website, according to the White House. read more
Weeks of frantic technical work appear to have made the government's health care website easier for consumers to use. But that does not mean everyone who signs up for insurance can enroll in a health plan. read more
The White House announced Sunday it has met its goal to make its troubled Healthcare.Gov website operate smoothly for most users, fueling hope among Democrats that attention can now turn to successes of the underlying health care law. "The bottom line is Healthcare.Gov on December 1 is night and day from where it was October 1," said Jeffrey Zients, the president's appointee to fix the website's problems. "The site is now stable and operating at its intended capacity at greatly improved performance." At the beginning of November, Zients said the site had an "up time" of just 43 percent. As of Nov. 30, the site's up time was 95 percent. read more
Around the country, a growing number of veterinarians are offering hospice care, and marketing it as a way to give cats and dogs -- and their owners -- a less anxious, more comfortable passing. Unlike in hospice care for humans, euthanasia is an option -- and in fact, is a big part of this end-of-life turn. When it's time, the vet performs it in the living room, bedroom or wherever the family feels comfortable. "They're in their own environment, not only the pet but the owners," said Mary Gardner, co-founder of Lap of Love, a Florida-based company that is one of the leaders in a small but growing market. "They're allowed to have other animals present, other cats or dogs present, other children."