Congress Takes a Breather After Divisive Votes on Spending

President Obama set to speak during the 11am hour of Happening Now today. He's in Maryland for the speech on the economy where he's expected to also discuss fuel standards.. stay tuned.

Shannon Bream is reporting on the President's extensive use of executive orders.

Oregon has a huge high-tech sector, and was one of the early adopters of Obamacare, but it's state-run website has been a total disaster. Dan Springer tells us what went wrong.

CBS News reporting on some of the early Obamacare winners including those aged 55 to 64 who'd been unable to get or afford healthcare insurance.

The New York Times reports today that Democratic donor Tom Steyer is planning to spend about $100M on campaign ads related to climate change to try and force politicians to take the issue more seriously.

John Roberts reporting on the growing power of the Hispanic vote.

The Washington Post has an interesting take on the rest of the year for Congress:

"After a tumultuous week of party infighting and leadership stumbles, congressional Republicans are focused on calming their divided ranks in the months ahead, mostly by touting proposals that have wide backing within the GOP and shelving any big-ticket legislation for the rest of the year.

Comprehensive immigration reform, tax reform, tweaks to the federal health-care law - bipartisan deals on each are probably dead in the water for the rest of this Congress.

As previously mentioned, the Northeast getting slammed once again with snow. 3-5 inches expected in NYC. Laura Ingle reporting.

The Northwest also getting hit with storms today. There's flooding in Oregon, and snow in Montana (which has also had several avalanches).

The jury in the Amanda Hayes murder trial began deliberating yesterday afternoon. Our legal panel will weigh in. has a good write-up that tells the story of Iranian hackers who allegedly targeted Navy computers.. check it out.

Hundreds of thousands of Syria refugees are reportedly on the move.. as heavy bombings take a toll inside Syria. The U.N. says the numbers are half a million. (For comparison, that's the population of the city of Sacramento, CA!)

Steve Harrigan reporting today on the continuing anti-government protests in Venezuela.

For more news, follow me on Twitter:


- Clint Henderson

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