Health-care rollout data
Administration officials said Saturday that about 476,000 health insurance applications have been filed through federal and state exchanges, the most detailed measure yet of the problem-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature legislation. The officials, however, continued to refuse to say how many people have actually enrolled in the insurance markets. Without enrollment figures, it’s unclear whether the program is on track to reach the 7 million people projecting by the Congressional Budget Office to gain coverage during the six-month sign-up period. Obama’s advisers said the president has been frustrated by the flawed rollout. The president is expected to address the problems on Monday during a health-care event at the White House.
Gun rally at the Alamo
Several hundred gun-rights activists armed with rifles and shotguns rallied Saturday outside of the Alamo in a demonstration that broke a longstanding tradition of not staging such events at the enduring symbol of Texas independence. The “Come and Take It San Antonio!” rally was intended to draw attention to a right Texans already have — to carry long arms publicly so long as they don’t do it in a menacing manner. Organizers thought it necessary to offer a reminder after several open carry advocates were threatened with arrest at a Starbucks in the city two months ago. The problem remains that a local ordinance effectively limits the open carrying of firearms to police and security guards. That ordinance was not enforced Saturday.
Fatal chase closes border
A high-speed chase Saturday that ended with authorities killing a suspected carjacker closed traffic into Mexico at one of San Diego’s border crossings. Three U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents shot at and killed the driver of a car that stopped near the Otay Mesa border crossing and then began driving forward, said San Diego police Lt. Lee Norton. The driver, who died at the scene, had led California Highway Patrol officers on a nearly 100-mile chase. The crossing was shut to southbound vehicle and pedestrian traffic following the 10:30 a.m. shooting.
Compiled from wire reports.