By Tracey Webb Follow @WebbWriterguru
Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, November 1, 2013.
1. Biden for Clinton swap. Top political aides to President Barack Obama quietly explored the possibility of replacing Joe Biden from the 2012 ticket for Hillary Clinton, according to a new book. According to "Double Down," a book by journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin about the 2012 presidential campaign, team Obama eventually decided that adding Clinton would not significantly boost the President's chances for re-election. Consideration of the switch was kept secret from Biden, the book said.
2. A Romney-Christie ticket? "Double Down" also recounts Mitt Romney's consideration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a running mate. According to the book, Romney gave Christie a second look after initially discounting him, but vetting concerns about Christie ultimately led Romney to shut the door on him.
3. Oh, what a low number. Six people. That's how many Americans successfully signed on to the federal health care exchanges in the first 24 hours of the program's rollout. The number is included in documents released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (D-California). A Health and Human Services spokeswoman says the documents released by Issa don't include official enrollment statistics and represent an incomplete account of enrollment totals.
4. Shrinking SNAP. Cut to the nation's food stamp program take effect Friday, leaving more than 47 million Americans with less money to cover basic food expenses. Cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, reflect the end of a temporary increase that was a part of the 2009 stimulus measure.