President Obama Set to Nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Office of Management and Budget Director

March 4, 2013

“The choice of Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation, has been widely reported since January. She previously spent a decade working for the Gates Foundation and served as deputy director of OMB during the Clinton administration.”

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Sequester Spending Cut Exemptions Soften the $85 Billion Blow

March 4, 2013

“The 1.4 million active-duty members of the armed forces won’t get furlough notices or pay cuts. Programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs and several public aid funds designed to help the neediest will survive untouched.”

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House Republicans Proposing “Hybrid Spending Bill” to Restore $7 Billion In Sequestration Defense Spending Cuts

March 4, 2013

“House Republicans are proposing this week to restore upward of $7 billion to operations and maintenance accounts for the four military services hit hard by the automatic cuts that went into effect Friday night.”

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Democrats Struggling in Fight For Additional Tax Revenue After Sequester Passes

March 4, 2013

“Republicans now scoff at the idea that the fiscal cliff established any type of precedent when it comes to tapping revenue to cut the deficit. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, dismissed the idea of a precedent as “bull.””

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Baby Born With HIV Cured By Aggressive, Early Drug Treatment

March 4, 2013

“Whether the cure is complete and permanent, or only partial and long-lasting, is not certain. Either way, the highly unusual case raises hope for the more than 300,000 babies born with the infection around the world each year.”

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Shipment Seized Off the Coast of Yemen Contained Chinese Anti-Aircraft Missiles

March 4, 2013

“The Chinese missiles were part of a larger shipment interdicted by American and Yemeni forces in January, which American and Yemeni officials say was intended for the Houthi rebels in northwestern Yemen.”

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France Finance Minister: Government Won’t Enact Any More Austerity Measures in 2013

March 4, 2013

“The French government had promised to reduce its deficit to 3 percent of gross domestic product this year to bring it into line with European Union rules and help right the economy. But now France says that will be impossible and has asked the European Union for an extension.”

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Tax Policy Center: Taxes on Wealthy Hit Highest Levels Since 1979

March 4, 2013

“For 2013, families with incomes in the top 20 percent of the nation will pay an average of 27.2 percent of their income in federal taxes, according to projections by the Tax Policy Center, a research organization based in Washington.”

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Secretary of State John Kerry: U.S. Releasing $250 Million in Aid to Egypt

March 4, 2013

“Yet Kerry also served notice that the Obama administration will keep close watch on how Morsi, who came to power in June as Egypt’s first freely elected president, honors his commitment and that additional U.S. assistance would depend on it.”

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Budget Sequester Forcing the Federal Aviation Administration to Cut Air Traffic Controllers

March 4, 2013

“The agency has said that it will have to furlough its 47,000 workers, including air traffic controllers, at least one day per pay period to make ends meet after the cuts are implemented.”

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White House Economic Advisor Gene Sperling Backs Away From “Doomsday” Sequester Predictions

March 3, 2013

“Gene Sperling, the White House’s top economic adviser, repeatedly said Sunday the cuts will not hurt as much on “Day One” as they will over the long haul.”

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Syria and Iran Criticize United States Non-Lethal Aid to the Syrian Rebels

March 2, 2013

“The foreign ministers of Syria and Iran on Saturday harshly criticized the United States over its decision to provide aid to rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, saying that such assistance would only prolong the conflict.”

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State Department Report on Keystone XL Pipeline: No Significant Impact to Most Resources Along Route

March 1, 2013

“Environmentalists were left sputtering Friday while pro-pipeline forces in Congress and industry insisted that this should leave no doubt that the pipeline can be built safely and provide for jobs and a fresh source of North American energy.”

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President Obama Issues Executive Order Mandating Sequester Spending Cuts

March 1, 2013

“President Barack Obama on Friday issued the order mandating sequester cuts across the government.”

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Private First Class Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty to Providing Secret Documents to WikiLeaks

February 28, 2013

“”The U.S. Army private accused of providing secret documents to the WikiLeaks website pleaded guilty on Thursday to misusing classified material he felt “should become public,” but denied the top charge of aiding the enemy.”

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