October 25th, 2013
09:45 AM ET

Maryland A.G. Apologizes After Being Caught on Camera at Wild Party

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler said Thursday he should have done more to investigate alleged underage drinking at a high school beach party this summer.

Gansler, a Democrat who is running for governor in 2014, admitted that not doing more was a mistake, but said that “regret” might be too strong a term to describe how he was feeling.

“Maybe in this case, I should have done something differently,” Gansler said at a press conference. I “probably should have” tried to “investigate whether there was drinking going on, and then taken action on that.”

Gansler told reporters that he only spent a few minutes at the June 2012 party, where “there may have been some college students or others drinking beer.” Gansler was forced to address the controversy after the Baltimore Sun published a story about his presence at the party, including a photograph of him in the crowd.

He went there, Gansler said, in order to tell his 19-year old son about what time their family would be leaving the beach the next morning, CNN’s Brian Todd reports.

Gansler’s son was in South Bethany, Delaware, according to the attorney general, for “beach week” – a celebratory week after high school graduation where students rent beach houses.

Gansler may have apologized, but is his apology accepted?

CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin and CNN Political Analyst John Avlon weigh in. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

“The initial take is at least legally he would be responsible for the underage drinking. There are social host laws all over the country. My understanding if it's true that he rented this house along with other children, means that he's responsible for providing alcohol to underage kids and the law holds him responsible,” Hostin says.

“Here's the problem: you got a guy who’s attorney general of the state, running for governor ending up in the middle of a party out of an '80s sexteen comedy…That is not a good place place for an attorney general to be folks,” Avlon says.

“Now he has to con front that. He was facing an uphill fight for governor anyway. This ain't gonna help.”


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October 18th, 2013
06:52 AM ET

Kathleen Sebelius Under Fire Over Obamacare

This morning on "New Day," we take a look at just-released poll numbers that may spell big trouble for the GOP heading into next year's mid-term elections. The new numbers are coming out, just as Democrats prepare to do some damage control.

Also, later today, the President is set to address the Obamacare website glitches at the White House.

We break those stories down and more at 6am ET on CNN. Join us!



The deal ending the shutdown may not have put a dent in Obamacare, but the battle over implementing the health coverage law is not over.

One venue that Republicans are turning to for leverage, starting next week: oversight hearings, beginning with some tough questions about why the rollout of the website for enrolling in health care exchanges is having so many problems.

"The American people deserve to know what caused this mess," said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "Delays and technical failures have reached epidemic proportions."

Upton has already asked officials from the Department of Health and Human Services to brief his committee on the problems at a hearing scheduled for next Thursday. He also is asking them to turn over records of their communications with website contractors about the preparations for the site's launch, and the problems people have had trying to use it.

Additionally, the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issalast week wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius demanding information about the rollout problems. Joining him was Sen. Lamar Alexander, ranking Republican on the Senate committee on health, education, labor and pensions.


As CNN's Brian Todd reports, Sebelius has become the face of the technical glitches plaguing Obamacare.

On a tour promoting Obamacare this week, Sebelius said, "Now, I'll be the first to tell you that the website launch was rockier than we would have liked."

But that isn’t stopping potential customers from shopping.

“A company that analyzes web-traffic says after the first week online– out of all those who attempted to sign up through the federal exchange, just 1% ended up enrolling in Obamacare,” Todd reports.

“Administration officials say that's not accurate-but they're still not giving any specific numbers on enrollments. We have to emphasize: that company's data is un-official, and it's just a snapshot. It doesn't include state-run exchanges.”