November 28th, 2013
07:41 AM ET

Obamacare Countdown

With just two days to go before a self-imposed deadline to get the Obamacare website working right, another delay.

The Obama administration now says that won't be able to enroll small businesses for another year, after promising this too would be ready.

Republicans were quick to pounce on the administration for announcing another delay just before the Thanksgiving holiday, CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.

But during a conference call with reporters, the administration was downplaying overall expectations:

"To be clear, Nov. 30th does not represent a re-launch of It is not a magical date," says CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille.

The spokeswoman admits there will be times after November 30th when the website does not function properly as programmers still have a lot of work to do.

The goal is to make sure it can handle 50,000 users at one time. Yet, there might be times when demand exceeds that and consumers will be directed to a virtual waiting line.

With all these problems however, a new CNN/ORC poll shows that more than half of those surveyed think it's too soon to tell whether the new Healthcare Law will be successful.

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November 28th, 2013
07:27 AM ET

New Day Midday – Are Black Friday deals all hype?

Coming up this morning on 'New Day' – Shoppers, start your engines! It's Black Friday and people across the country are out looking for the best holiday deals.

We've got the latest coverage from Macy's in Herald Square, which opened last night, to Walmarts across the country. Join us at 6am ET.


New Day Midday with Chris Cuomo and Michaela Pereira looks at the Black Friday deal hype, the White House turkey pardon and this week's Instagram challenge.

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November 28th, 2013
07:13 AM ET

Will Snoopy and Woodstock Fly?

With the worst of the severe weather behind us now... one big questions remains unanswered! Will Snoopy and Woodstock fly?

Three-and-a-half million expected guests - many of them tourists - are crossing their fingers and praying to the weather gods right now because the 87th Macy's thanksgiving day parade is set to begin with high winds whipping through Manhattan - sponge bob, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the "big balloon" gang – could be grounded.

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November 28th, 2013
06:57 AM ET

Kmart Open for Business on Thanksgiving Day

Black Friday has morphed into Black Thursday. Kmart is just one of a handful of retailers open for business on Thanksgiving Day, CNN's Nick Valencia reports.

For those who think it's something new, Kmart has been doing this for over 20 years, and more retailers have followed suit. That's no coincidence, according to the National Retail Federation:

"...Shoppers still want to shop on black Friday and get those amazing deals so we don't expect black Friday ever lose its luster but there is a new player in town thanksgiving is certainly giving black Friday a run for its money, " says Kathy Grannis of the National Retail Federation.

Of the nearly 140 million people expected to shop this holiday weekend, nearly a quarter will hit the stores on Thanksgiving Day.

Outside of Best Buy in Florida, tents were in place more than a week in advance of the sales.

Just how serious are they? Once man even brought a generator to run his many electronics.

Crazy is one word for it, angry is another. On, more than a quarter million people petitioned Target to stay closed for the holiday and writing "Take the high road and save Thanksgiving."

Back at Kmart in Mableton, Georgia, store manager Bill Bonsor says working on Thanksgiving is not bother. For him, it's about meeting the customer demand:

"One thing you have to understand. This year is we have one less week between Thanksgiving and Christmas than we did last year."

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