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A new report put out by the Department of Health and Human Services on the effects of the Affordable Care Act shows that the benefits of Obamacare are cutting across all major demographic groups. More white Americans received coverage since October 2013 -- when the law's coverage provisions began to come into effect -- than black and Latino Americans combined. However, the rate of uninsured is dropping by a greater percentage among minority groups than the white population.

According to the report, released Tuesday, some 7.4 million white Americans received coverage -- under provisions including Medicaid, the Health Insurance Marketplace, and individual market coverage -- while 4 million Hispanics and 2.6 black Americans gained coverage in that period.

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A plan is emerging from Senate Republican leadership to avoid a government shutdown while still allowing hardliners to have their vote on defunding Planned Parenthood, according to various media reports.

Staff from Senate offices on both side of aisle confirmed to the Washington Post a route being mapped out in which the Senate would first vote on a short-term spending bill that blocked funding to Planned Parenthood, which would presumably be filibustered by Democrats. Then, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would bring up stop-gap legislation that would maintain government funding -- including for Planned Parenthood -- at current levels for a few more months, according to the Post report.

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Dr. Ben Carson was left out of a Christian pastors' conference earlier this year in part because his own religious beliefs deviated too much from Christian orthodoxy.

The snub was ironic in hindsight, as Carson is now under fire for saying over the weekend that he didn't believe a Muslim should be President of the United States because his or her religious beliefs would be in conflict with the Constitution.

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What does the video show and where does it show it?

Those have been the question since Wednesday's debate, when Carly Fiorina graphically described a scene she claimed appeared in those heavily-edited Planned Parenthood "sting" videos.

But pressed to identify which video contains the gruesome scene Fiorina described, neither her campaign nor the anti-abortion group who produced the sting videos have not been able to do so.

We've watched the clips they did send along, and here's what they show. But first a reminder of what Fiorina said.

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The week is coming to a close with congressional GOP leaders no closer to a plan to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month.

The latest suggestion from House GOP leaders -- pass a stop-gap funding bill with Planned Parenthood funding, then defund it with a separate budget maneuver that would avoid a Senate filibuster and force a presidential veto -- has received a cool reception from the conservative congressmen pushing for a shutdown. Meanwhile, Democrats and the president have presented a united front, hoping to use the Republican infighting to their advantage.

The situation reflects a Republican leadership eager to avoid a shutdown, fearing its consequences on the 2016 race, but unsure how to rein in the most extreme elements of its caucus, who see the 2014 GOP congressional victories as a mandate to double-down on the most hardline stances of the party. Complicating the situation further is the abbreviated period lawmakers have to figure out how to break the impasse. With Yom Kippur, a speech by Pope Francis and a visit by the Chinese president interrupting congressional activity next week, only a handful of days on the legislative calendar stand between now and another shutdown.

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With threats of a government shutdown and a possible plot to oust House Speaker John Boehner, a Boehner ally lobbed the ultimate insult at the hardliners in his party: he compared them to Saul Alinsky, a lefty community organizer who became known in the 1950s and 1960s for embracing radicalism.

"This is a continuation of the strange virus that’s running through the Republican Party, which I define as a weird form of right-wing Marxism where people are using Saul Alinsky-type tactics,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) told the Washington Post.

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Scott Walker sits with his hands folded at a desk on the set of a public television news program. He glances at the blonde anchorman across from him, then down at his hands, then back at the anchor.

The baby-faced Walker, who's just 24 years old and representing the Wisconsin Republican Party, has spent roughly the last half-hour verbally sparring with former Ku Klux Klan grand dragon and Louisiana state representative David Duke. The Wisconsin residents calling into the program, "Smith & Co," have been berating him, too. Walker is staring down at his hands every other time the camera cuts to him.

The year is 1992 and the topic at hand is whether Duke should be allowed on the Wisconsin presidential primary ballot as a Republican. The anchorman, Joe Smith, asks Walker to predict how the state's bipartisan ballot selection committee will decide.

"I would certainly hope it's gonna be a majority opposed to putting him on the ballot," Walker says, pursing his lips.

Duke's upper body calls out from a TV screen on the wall behind the desk: "Shame on you, Scott Walker, shame on you." He's speaking from New Orleans via satellite.

With his eyes still lowered, Walker shakes his head a little and opens his hands as if to shrug, "Well, what can you do."

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As the Sept. 30 deadline to fund the federal government approaches and conservatives dig in on a fight to defund Planned Parenthood, the White House and Senate Democratic leadership signaled they would be open to a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown.

From the Senate floor Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that any short-term bill must be "clean."

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