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Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013

Saturday - 12/7/2013, 12:59pm  ET

Tips for getting the most value out of gift cards

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WTOP's Kristi King talks with MarketWatch's Quentin Fottrell, who recently wrote about the ins and outs of gift cards

12:20 p.m. - Reed Epstein, POLITICO

The Obama-Mandela connection

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8:50 a.m. - Mario Mancuso, former Pentagon official

The results and ramifications of Vice President Biden's Asia trip

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8:20 a.m. - Paul Brandus, West Wing Reports and The Week

The new jobs numbers and the latest on the health-care rollout

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The Republican response to the president's address

Rep. Renee Elmers, of North Carolina, says the health-care law needs changes

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The president's weekly radio address

Congress needs to pass an extension of unemployment benefits

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Healthcare.gov not the only site with issues

WTOP's Veronica Robinson

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Meredith Janick has been trying to log onto the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange since October.

WASHINGTON -- Marylandhealthconnection.gov isn't without glitches as many potential users are having problems signing onto the website.

Meredith Janick lives in Damascus, Md. and has been trying to get onto the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange since Obamacare launched in October.

She says her son has ADHD and "we still haven't been able to get him his medication and then I have rheumatoid arthritis and that requires Methotrexate, which is a cancer drug and it's very expensive."

Janick says her previous insurer dropped her because of her pre-existing condition. Obamacare promises not to do that but marylandhealthconnection.gov will not currently accept her username and password. Resetting it doesn't help.

In a statement sent to WTOP, the Maryland Health Department says, "Our IT team has been working around the clock to address the technological issues still affecting Maryland Health Connection. While we have made significant progress, we know that challenges remain. As we learn of specific user problems, we are working to address them as quickly as possible."

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Don't let salt on the sidewalk melt away your outdoor plants

WTOP's Lori Lundin talks with Garden Editor Mike McGrath

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