Workers Walking Off Jobs; Healthcare.Gov #'s Up; Frigid Weather Invades

Affordable Health Care is our lead again today.

New numbers suggest enrollment may finally be taking off at The Washington Post reports 56,000 have enrolled on the federally run exchange in the past 3 days. That's more than double the numbers in the entire month of October.

Still, those numbers aren't enough to meet the Administration's enrollment goals.

And other problems are emerging.

The Wall Street Journal reports today on Medicaid enrollment problems. States are warning some low-income folks who think they've enrolled aren't having their applications forwarded on to the states.

There also continue to be other glitches with the website.

Congress reportedly getting close to a budget deal that could avoid a government shutdown.

The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy expanded at a "modest to moderate" pace in recent months.

Today we get new reads on weekly unemployment and factory orders.

The Dow and markets continue a record-breaking surge.

Meantime, massive protests are happening across the nation as fast food workers in dozens of cities walk off the job and protest low wages. Workers are demanding a living wage.

A frigid blast of Arctic air settling in over much of the nation. Sub zero temperatures in Montana and the Dakotas. They are predicting up to a foot of snow in parts of the Midwest and freezing rain and ice from Texas to Oklahoma to Arkansas.

There's also a terrible storm smashing into Europe. Gale force winds cutting power in Scotland, and moving into Western Europe.

Vice President Joe Biden wrapping up a two day trip to China today. He had a five hour meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jinping. Apparently, the talks have been tense with Biden saying he was "very direct" with the Chinese leadership. Tensions are high after China declared an arbitrary air defense zone over islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by Japan.

That truck that disappeared with a radioactive load has been recovered in Central Mexico. The stolen truck full of radioactive Cobalt was found abandoned in a field. Mexican authorities say it will take two days to secure, and whoever stole it could have received a lethal dose of radioactivity.

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- Clint Henderson

Clint Henderson is the Executive Producer for “Happening Now” and an avid traveler. Follow his adventures on Twitter, ClintPHenderson, and Instagram, clintpage1.